SCOTT CITY — The "Baker" was home and cooking in the kitchen.

That's one way you could look at Tuesday night's Scott City 74-49 romp over Great West Activities Association rival Holcomb in boys basketball action at the Scott City High School gym.

Baker, as in 6-3 senior guard Ron, came up with the right recipe for the Beavers (11-1, 5-0), who were coming off a heartbreaking 62-58 loss to Dodge City on Saturday night in the championship game of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions.

All Baker did was respond by tying a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting which included 4-of-6 from 3-point range, all coming in the first half.

Baker's performance came on a night where the Beavers were without point guard Brett O'Neil, who was sitting out with flu-like conditions.

"We told Ron to step it up because of not having Brett in the lineup," said Beaver head coach Glenn O'Neil. "If you have it (a shot), take it. I thought he did that and we had other kids who did a number of good things tonight."

Baker's 30 points equalled his previous high that also was set against Holcomb nearly a year to the day.

"It's a nice number but I can't get past it, but that's okay with me," Baker said. "The big thing is winning the game. I thought we came out with the right energy. It's a good win for us after playing bigger schools and we were able to get our focus. With Brett out, everybody had to take on different roles."

The Beavers never trailed in this one, taking an early 6-4 lead before blowing it open with a 15-0 run in a five-minute stretch of the first quarter. That provided them with a 21-8 lead at the end of the opening period. Two of Baker's four treys came in that stretch.

The second quarter was eerily similar in that Baker had another pair of treys, both coming from just in front of the Holcomb bench with no room to spare on the sideline.

"It just felt good tonight," Baker said of his shot. "The guys did a good job of getting me the ball, we try to pass it around and find the open player. But, yeah, I was looking to shoot a little more tonight."

The Beavers built their lead to 41-20 at halftime and it was 52-26 after three quarters.

"We gave up some offensive rebounds tonight so we've still got work to do in that area," O'Neil said. "I like the way Holcomb's young players played. They crashed the boards and did a good job against us."

Six other players scored for Scott City, with sophomore Drew Kite contributing 12 of those and also adding eight rebounds.

Holcomb (8-6, 3-2) was led by senior Nolan Gaede with 12 points, 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter.

The Longhorns hurt themselves with 25 turnovers while the Beavers had 12.

The Longhorns travel to Goodland on Friday while the Beavers are on the road to Lakin.


Holcomb 8 12 6 23 -- 49

Scott City 21 20 11 22 -- 74

Holcomb (8-6, 3-2) — Singhisen 1-4 0-0 2, LaSalle 1-3 2-2 4, Hernandez 4-8 2-2 10, Homer 1-4 1-1 3, Gaede 4-6 3-3 12, Galliart 0-0 0-0 0, Walck 2-9 0-0 4, Cox 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 2-5 0-0 4, Tucker 1-2 1-2 4, Bennett 3-4 0-1 6, Ramsey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 9-11 49.

Scott City (11-1, 5-0) — Turner 2-4 0-2 4, Roemer 3-5 1-2 8, Buehler 0-0 0-0 0, Yager 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 11-16 4-4 30, Robinson 2-5 2-2 6, Clinton 0-1 0-0 0, Hess 4-6 0-0 8, Habiger 0-1 0-0 0, Meyer 3-3 0-3 6, Kite 4-7 4-8 12. Totals 29-48 11-21 74.

3-point goals — Holcomb 2-11 (Singhisen 0-1, LaSalle 0-1, Gaede1-3, Walck 0-2, Thomas 0-2, Tucker 1-2), Scott City 5-12 (Turner 0-1, Roemer 1-3, Baker 4-6, Robinson 0-1, Habiger 0-1). Rebounds — Holcomb 33 (Hernandez 6), Scott City 23 (Kite 8). Turnovers — Holcomb 25, Scott City 12. Fouls — Holcomb 17, Scott City 15. Fouled out — Holcomb (Gaede).