DEERFIELD The trouble for a running and shooting team is that, sooner or later, it runs out of gas or ammunition.

Deerfield missed 43 field goal attempts for the game, but even so, they were within striking distance for the first 22 minutes, thanks to their speed.

That's when Stanton County finally got its offense on track and pulled away for a 52-35 win over the Spartans.

The Trojans outscored Deerfield 29-14 in the second half, but more importantly reloaded its offensive ammo with a 21-4 run in the final 10 minutes.

The Trojan defense held the Spartans to just 2-of-16 shooting in that span.

That mirrored the start of the game when Deerfield missed its first 14 field goal attempts before Rene Rubio hit a three, Anthony Mata a two, and Marc Skipper another two on three straight trips to briefly hold the lead at 7-5.

That's because Deerfield's pressure defense forced seven turnovers in the opening quarter.

The second quarter saw six ties before Stanton County took a 23-21 lead at halftime.

Deerfield took their final lead at 27-26 and tied the game twice more at 31 and 33 before going cold at the wrong time while Stanton County got hot at the right time.

A bigger lineup, the Trojans out-rebounded the Spartans 41-17, with many of those coming on offensive put-backs against a smaller Deerfield squad.

But it was that smaller squad that was able to stymie Stanton County for much of the game.

"I thought the kids played hard and played aggressive the whole game," Deerfield coach Bob Schmitz said. "It was just one of those nights when our shots weren't falling and we started getting more frustrated and pulled them a little bit."

Deerfield converted just 16-of-59 field goal attempts (27 percent) and hit just 1 of 11 from long range.

What they lacked in offense they made up for on defense, Schmitz said, especially on the press and containing Cole Smith and Jacob cron, who had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

"We just weren't able to control so many people who could score," he added, with Jeremy Amerin scoring eight and Cristian Dominguez nine.

"We have this problem sometimes of staying focused," Schmitz said. "It seems (in the past couple of years) that it's been in the second half of the season when we've finally settled down and understand what we have to do."

Rubio had 11 and Anthony Mata eight to pace Deerfield.

Smith had 12 rebounds and Dominguez nine to dominate inside.

Stanton County moves to 3-3, while Deerfield falls to 2-4.

Stanton Co. Boys 7 16 17 12 -- 52

Deerfield 7 14 10 4 -- 35

Stanton County (3-3)--Molina 1 1-2 3, Steimel 1 0-0 2, Amerin 4 0-0

8, Cron 4 3-5 12, Smith 6 0-0 13, Dominguez 4 1-5 9, Puyear 2 1-2 5.

Totals 22-41 6-13 52.

Deerfield (2-4)--A. Mata 1 0-0 2, M. Mata 3 0-0 6, Melendez 1 0-0 2,

An. Mata 4 0-2 8, Rubio 4 0-1 11, Skipper 2 0-0 4. Totals 16-59 0-3 35.

3-point field goals--Stanton County 2-10 (Cron, Smith), Deerfield

1-11 (Rubio). Rebounds--Stanton County 41 (Smith 12, Dominguez 9),

Deerfield 17 (A. Mata 6). Turnovers--Stanton County 15, Deerfield 6.

Fouls--Stanton County 8, Deerfield 12. Fouled out--Deerfield (Rubio).

Technical fouls--none.


Stanton County 44, Deerfield 21

It was a younger, out-numbered and under-sized Deerfield team that found the going tough at home as they fell to the Lady Trojans 44-21.

Stanton County jumped out to a 15-3 lead after a quarter, and held Deerfield to just a field goal in each of the final two quarters on their way to the win.

Rakell Moore led the Lady Trojans with 12 points, while Jenna Black and Jocelyn Ochoa both had 10.

Lizzy Diaz led Deerfield with nine.

Stanton County coach Trevor Siebert, in his first year with the Lady Trojans, said his girls are clicking more quickly than he expected.

"From day one we've changed a lot as a team," he said. "We're able to speed up the game more than I thought at the beginning.

Stanton County is now 3-3, while Deerfield is still looking for its first win.


Stanton County 15 10 10 9 -- 44

Deerfield 3 10 2 6 -- 21

Stanton County (3-3)--Ochoa 5 0-0 10, Black 4 1-2 10, Moore 6 0-0 12, Overturf 3 2-2 8, Lawrence 0 1-4 1, Smith 0 1-2 1, Shironaka 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 5-10 44.

Deerfield (0-5)--Tackett 2 0-0 5, Goudy 2 0-0 5, Llamas 0 0-1 0, Diaz 3 0-0 7, Ibarra 1 2-4 4. Totals 8 2-5 21.

3-point field goals--Stanton County 1 (Black), Deerfield 3 (Tackett, Goudy, Diaz).