HOLCOMB — They haven’t won the Great West Activities Conference just yet, but Friday’s 75-31 win over Ulysses put the Holcomb Lady Longhorns on the threshold of one of their season goals.

The Longhorns played like a dominating football team in the first quarter, scoring the first 21 points of the game, taking a 25-4 lead at the early break, then they did more of the same in taking a 48-9 halftime lead.

The Longhorns were 20-of-33 from the floor (60 percent), while Ulysses was just 2-of-27 (7 percent).

Carbon copy that into the third period, as the Holcomb defense held Ulysses to just two field goals in widening the lead to 65-13.

The Tigers went 7-of-11 from the field in the running-clock fourth quarter, including a trio of threes from Lisset Najera.

The Longhorns finished the game 32-of-60 from the field (10-of-24 from three-point land).

Ulysses finished 14-of-60 (5-of-19) in the loss.

Katie Pfiefer scored all 20 of her points in the first half, including six threes. Haley Heydman and Taylor Deniston added 14 each.

Coming off a Tuesday win at Scott City in which the Class 3A No. 8 Longhorns seemed a bit off with their timing and execution, coach Kenton Tennal described this win as a big improvement.

“We had probably two of the best practices all year. We’ve been working on moving that ball quick, especially against the zone and getting it inside,” he said. “That was probably the best all-around game we’ve had all year.”

The Longhorns (15-4, 8-1) scored from everywhere, defended well and rebounded just as they did earlier in the season when they were ranked as high as second in state, he said.

For a third of the Longhorn squad — Pfeifer, Kyshia Prieto and Karissa Pena — senior night in the penultimate regular season game against the Lady Tigers meant getting set for Tuesday’s showdown with Hugoton, against whom they struggled against before earning a late come-back win last month.

“We’ve got to see what we can do Tuesday. We’ve been looking forward to that game for a while. It’s for the league title,” Tennal said. “You can’t ask for more than that.”

After that, it’s sub-state, another step on the way to state, he added. It would be nice to hit all those steps, especially for these seniors.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of seniors to step into for my first girls coaching job,” he said. “They’ve been great leaders, great shooters, great defenders. They want this. They want a state title.”


Ulysses   4   5   4   18   —   31

Holcomb   25   23   17   10   —   75

Ulysses (5-15, 3-7) — Gallegos 2 1-2 6, Brice 1 0-0 2, Buhl 1 0-0 3, Arnold 2 2-4 6, Branscum 0 1-2 1, Carroll 2 0-0 4, Najera 3 0-0 9. Totals 11-60 4-8 31.

Holcomb (15-4, 8-1) — Pfeifer 7 0-0 20, Jarnagin 3 0-1 6, Prieto 3 1-1 7, Heydman 7 0-0 14, Deniston 1 0--0 2, Amos 5 0-0 14, Pena 4 0-0 8, Foreman 2 0-0 4. Totals 32-60 -2 75.

3-pt. goals — Ulysses 5-19 (Gallegos 1, Buhl 1, Najera 3), Holcomb 10-24 (Pfeifer 6, Amos 4). Rebounds — Ulysses 28 (A. Langley 6, Branscum 5), Holcomb 36 (Heydman 13, Deniston 6). Turnovers — Ulysses 18, Holcomb 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Ulysses 12, Holcomb 15.