LAKIN From Lakin's perspective, the 62-59 loss to Sublette Tuesday night was hard to take.

On Saturday, the Broncs had overcome a 13-point deficit to defeat rival Holcomb by the same score. Then the tables were turned against another rival.

Lakin looked to be cruising on autopilot through a good portion of the game.

With 3:53 left in the third period, the Broncs held a 16-point lead, 50-34. They'd taken a nine-point lead and the momentum into the locker room at halftime.

But somebody forgot that Sublette was still on the floor, and they weren't letting up, no matter what the deficit.

In what often looked like a quintet of Tasmanian devils moving together, the Larks seemed to wear down the Broncs with a relentless attacking offense.

Over the next nine minutes the Larks chipped away at that lead until it was down to five at 57-52. That's when Travis Leverett turned a steal into a basket.

Then after another steal, he scored again on a turnaround jumper on an inbounds play. Alex White's two free throws brought them within a point.

Then Leverett hit another field goal, and the Larks had the lead, and the valuable momentum.

Leverett scored 13 points in that pivotal final period. He had started the game with 11 in the first, keeping the Larks close. He ended the game with 32 points, despite rolling an ankle late in the second quarter. Many of his points came from acrobatic drives in and around Lakin's inside defense.

Lakin's Colby Hamel scored 12 of his 21 points in the second period and seemed on fire, but the Larks held him to just three field goals in the second half. In fact, they held Lakin to just seven field goals the second half, after the Broncs had hit 15 in the first half.

That was the momentum shift coach Matt Ziegler was looking for.

"We pride ourselves on our defense," he said. "When we gave up 39 points in the first half, I was extremely frustrated. And we were turning the ball over too many times."

Leverret said when the gap closed to five, he felt confident his team would overtake the Broncs and win. Their "don't quit" attitude is a result of their size or the lack of it.

"We're short, we don't have a lot of size, but we'll sure run you," the senior said.

Ziegler said his message was to hold Lakin to under 39 points and to control the turnovers. They did both. The key was stopping Alex Jones, Bryant Miller and Hamel, which they did in the second half, holding them to just 15 combined points.

Lakin will travel to Holcomb on Thursday and Sublette finishes at home against Satanta on Friday.


Sublette 16 14 9 23 62

Lakin 19 20 13 7 59

Sublette Tra. Leverett 13-22 2-2 32, Tre. Leverett 0-0 0-0 0, White 1-7 3-4 5, Lower 4-13 0-0 8, Patrick 2-2 0-0 4, Gessling 1-1 0-0 2, Williamson 2-8 5-8 10, Birney 0-1 1-2 1, Brown 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 8-12 62.

Lakin Jones 3-12 2-2 8, Kinnier 2-4 1-2 5, Miller 5-12 2-2 15, Shalberg 2-4 0-0 4, Torres 1-3 0-0 2, Armstrong 1-2 2-2 4, Hamel 9-14 2-3 21. Totals 22-52 9-11 59.

3-pt. goals Sublette 3 (Tra. Leverett 2, Williamson 1), Lakin 4 (Miller 3, Hamel 1). Rebounds Sublette 31, Lakin 21. Turnovers Sublette 10, Lakin 13.

Sublette girls 44, Lakin 30

After dropping two games last weekend at the Cimarron Bluejay Invitational, Monty Marlin wasn't sure what to expect from his Sublette Lady Larks.

Would it be the same team who didn't play very well or the team he knew his girls could be?

A 44-30 win over Lakin on Tuesday night showed him it was the latter.

The Lady Larks used an effective combination of zone defenses to drive Lakin away from its basket, limiting the Lady Broncs to 11 field goals on 59 attempts.

On their own side, the Larks were dropping in shots from everywhere.

Daryan Whaler scored a game-high 13 points, most from under the basket, where she dominated the smaller Lakin lineup.

Anna Messerly controlled the first half, draining a trio of three's to force the Lakin defense to cover both inside and outsider shooters.

Meanwhile, they were building a comfortable lead, despite some issues in rebounding. Fortunately, Lakin had trouble scoring on the offensive end.

Lakin got within 28-18 with 2:06 left in the third period, but Sublette went on an 11-0 run to nix that idea quickly.

The "low light" was not controlling the boards, giving up 12 offensive boards to the Lady Broncs.

For Lakin, a transition game that helped them score 71 points on Saturday was stymied by Sublette's 2-3 zone, disrupting the Broncs and slowing down the offense.

"We missed some shots early and the girls got their heads down," Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis said. "When you're not hitting shots, you have to pick it up in other areas, and we just didn't do that."

Lakin will wrap up pre-holiday play Thursday at Holcomb. Sublette (3-2) will finish with Satanta at home Friday.


Sublette 14 10 6 14 44

Lakin 4 7 7 12 30

Sublette Marlin 1-8 2-2 5, Hibbard 2-4 0-2 4, Martin 2-3 0-2 4, Messerly 4-6 0-0 11, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, H. Meyer 0-0 2-2 2, E. Meyer 2-6 2-4 6, Whaler 6-12 1-4 13. Totals 16-40 7-16 44.

Lakin Jones 3-9 0-0 5, Hill 5-15 4-4 17, McAtee 1-9 0-0 2, Waechter 1-2 0-0 2, Davidson 0-4 0-0 0, Rogers 0-8 1-2 1, Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Richter 1-5 1-2 3. Fisher 10-51 6-8 30.

3-pt. goals Sublette 4 (Martin 1, Messerly 3), Lakin 2 (Hill 1, Jones 1). Rebounds Sublette 16, Lakin 27. Turnovers Sublette 11, Lakin 9.