By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — It wasn't exactly what Kelley Snodgrass would call textbook basketball.
But the head coach of the Holcomb Lady Longhorns wasn't about to say it was all for naught in her team's 64-28 romp over rival Lakin in the first round of the Scott City Invitational Wednesday night.
It's early in the season, Snodgrass said, and her team will go through its usual growing pains of trying to find its rhythm and style. That's what you get when you're blessed with the depth that Snodgrass has this season.
All 11 players who suited up played and nine of those scored. And the lopsided win came despite the absence of senior starter Mallory Komlofske who injured her knee in practice. According to Komlofske, when exactly she will return remains up in the air.
Komlofske, though, did watch as her teammates methodically put away the Lady Broncs.
Reserve sophomore Karissa Pena was the biggest player off the bench for Snodgrass as the 5-7 guard/forward compiled a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
"She was a huge spark off the bench," Snodgrass said of Pena. "The great thing about what she does is that she generates her offense from her defense."
After a sluggish start, the Lady Longhorns (2-0) finished the first quarter with a 17-6 lead after a 12-0 run eliminated a brief 4-3 early lead by Lakin.
"I thought we had a big improvement in the second half and we were more patient with our offense," Snodgrass said.
Plenty of whistles were blown — there were 50 fouls in the game and 72 free throws attempted — keeping the score low and relatively close as Holcomb finished the half with a 28-14 advantage.
That would be the closest the Lady Broncs got as the Lady Longhorns reeled off 17 unanswered points en route to a 49-18 third quarter lead.
Pena did most of her scoring damage in the second half, getting 11 of her 13. She shared team and game-high honors with senior Breanna Gottschalk, who struggled shooting 5-of-15 from the field.
"It's a good feeling when you're coming in off the bench and just trying to get into a rhythm," Pena said. "It helps execute our offense. We've got a lot of players who can score and any one of them can step up. You're gonna get your playing time and everyone's happy."
The off night shooting resulted in Holcomb making 20-of-53 field goals but managing only 21-of-38 free throws.
Lakin, meanwhile, was ice cold both from the field and the free throw line. Coach Shawn Michaelis' team made just 5-of-33 field goals and shot 18-of-34 from the free throw line.
Holcomb's defense forced the Lady Broncs to turn the ball over 27 times while the Lady Longhorns were guilty of just 11.
"Overall, I was pleased with our intensity," Snodgrass said of the victory. "The free throw shooting has to improve. We practice it a lot, but that percentage is not going to work for us. We did a good job of taking care of the ball."
Snodgrass said she liked the aggressive play of her team's defense.
"You can't fault the effort and as long as we do that, we'll see the good things start happening," Snodgrass said. "It's part of the growing process that a team goes through and it's still early in the season."
Seniors Amy Stegman and Madison Landwehr added 12 and 10 points to the balanced scoring attack and Katie Pfeifer finished with nine.
Lakin (0-2) got nine points from Mariah Hill with Darrie Rogers and Amanda Richter contributing six each.
The win pushes the Lady Longhorns into Friday's 5 p.m. semifinals against the winner of tonight's 8 p.m. game between Cherokee Trail, Colo. and the Wichita Defenders. Lakin falls to the consolation round-robin and plays today at 5 p.m. against Greeley County.
Lakin then faces the loser of tonight's Cherokee Trail-Wichita Defenders game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Lakin 6 8 4 10 -- 28
Holcomb 17 11 21 15 -- 64
Lakin (0-2) — Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-2 2-4 2, Hill 1-7 7-10 9, McAtee 0-4 0-2 0, Waechter 1-1 3-8 5, Rogers 1-8 4-8 6, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0, Richter 2-6 2-2 6, Olson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 5-33 18-34 28.
Holcomb (2-0) — Pfeifer 3-6 2-6 9, Lohfink 1-3 0-0 2, Prieto 1-4 2-2 4, Asmus 0-1 0-0 0, Novack 0-1 0-2 0, Gottschalk 5-15 2-4 13, Sauvain 0-2 0-0 0, Pena 4-7 5-7 13, A. Stegman 4-10 4-7 12, Landwehr 2-3 5-8 10, E. Stegman 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 20-53 21-38 64.
3-point goals — Lakin 0-4 (Williams 0-1, Rogers 0-1, Richter 0-2), Holcomb 3-10 (Pfeifer 1-2, Gottschalk 1-4, A. Stegman 0-2, Landwehr 1-2). Fouls — Lakin 24, Holcomb 26. Fouled out — Lakin (Waechter), Holcomb (none). Rebounds — Lakin 32 (Rogers 9), Holcomb 47 (Pena 11). Turnovers — Lakin 27, Holcomb 11.