HOLCOMB — After the Holcomb girls knocked off top-ranked and previously undefeated Southwestern Heights last Friday, they set their sights on their next target, Colby.

Twice they had faced the Lady Eagles, and both times they lost.

On Valentine's Day, Holcomb was looking for a little love in the form of sweet revenge, and they got what they wanted, a 64-54 victory.

In doing so, they knocked Colby out of the ranks of the unbeaten in the Great West Activities Conference.

Kyshia Prieto scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the first half as Holcomb took a 39-27 lead at the break and held on through a tough second half for the win.

The Longhorns took advantage of early turnovers, scoring half their points in the first quarter that way, and 14 points off turnovers in the first half.

Holcomb had built a 16-8 lead before the Eagles cut it to three. Then Madison Taylor hit a three at the buzzer after tracking down a rebound to give Holcomb a six-point lead.

Colby hurt itself in the second quarter, scoring just twice on 10 possessions. Meanwhile Prieto scored 12 of her team's 20 points that quarter.

The third quarter saw the characteristic Holcomb let-up quarter that coach Kelley Snodgrass is hoping to erase from her team's game execution. The Longhorns turned the ball over eight times and scored just eight points, but Colby's shooting woes (3-or-13 shooting) helped Holcomb stay afloat into the fourth, where they got back on track.

Knocking off undefeated Heights one night and Colby four nights later helps ease the loss to Hugoton last Tuesday and builds Holcomb's confidence heading towards sub-state.

"Our defensive intensity was great. That was a huge spark for us offensively. We kept attacking them," Snodgrass said.

Playing Colby is always a dogfight, she said.

The win against Height has given her team a huge boost of confidence, especially after the eye-opening loss to Hugoton.

"My girls are scrappy and always come out determined. We'd gotten away from that for a while," Snodgrass said. "But they are determined. Hopefully we'll keep rolling."

Morgan Bell led Colby in scoring with 14 points, including 9-of-10 from the line. Lauren Bell added 12.

Now 12-6 (5-3 in league), Holcomb has Scott City and Ulysses left in the regular season, then sub-state, which Snodgrass is ready to play.

"Hopefully our tough schedule has prepared us for that run," she said.


Colby 13 14 12 15 -- 54

Holcomb 19 20 8 17 -- 64

Colby (11-6, 8-1) — Shull 2 4-6 6, M. Ortner 1 0-0 2, McKee 2 1-2 5, Curry 2 2-2 6, M. Bell 2 11-12 16, L. Bell 5 1-3 11, Kriss 3 1-2 7. Totals 17 20-27 54.

Holcomb (12-6, 6-3) — Pfeifer 2 3-4 8, Prieto 9 7-10 26, Heydman 1 1-2 3, Mongeau 0 2-2 2, Taylor 1 0-0 3, Deniston 1 0-0 2, Amos 4 2-4 12, Pena 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 15-22 64.

3-pt. goals — Colby 1 (M. Bell 1), Holcomb 5 (Pfeifer 1, Prieto 1, Taylor 1, Amos 2). Rebounds — Colby 27 (L. Bell 6, Kriss 5), Holcomb 18 (Amos 5). Turnovers — Colby 19, Holcomb 18. Fouled out — Colby (Curry, L. Bell), Holcomb none. Total fouls — Colby 25, Holcomb 19.


Holcomb 60,

Colby 29

The Longhorns came into Tuesday's game against the Eagles having won 12 of their last 13 games.

They picked up their third win of the season over a one-win Colby team, 60-29, in a Great West Activities Conference matchup.

With two more league games remaining against two tough foes (Scott City and Ulysses), coach Chad Novack was looking for his team to put together a solid performance. Overlooking any opponent at this late stage would not be acceptable.

With the exception of a couple of early minutes, the Longhorns delivered.

After leading just 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, Holcomb went 10-of-15 from the floor and held Colby to just five points in the second period to open up an 18-point halftime lead.

Tyler LaSalle led Holcomb with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Shane Bennett and Max Ramsey added 10 each from down low as 10 Longhorns got in the scoring action.

Colby only had six players score, led by Luke Cox with nine, including seven in the first quarter.

Holcomb forced 22 Colby turnovers while committing just 11.

It was the kind of performance Novack was wanting with the meat of the season approaching.

"That first three minutes, Colby played pretty well. But after we settled down, we played really well. We did a good job," he said.

The Longhorn defense did a good job of getting into the passing lanes and limiting Colby to one shot most of the night, he said. Offensively, Holcomb did a good job, too.

In Ramsey and Bennett, along with Andrew Homer and Clay Gilbert, Holcomb's post game is improving all the time, Novack said, a credit to the guards who get them the ball.

As a whole, his posts and guards are getting better and stronger each game, he said.

"We're a pretty balanced ball club," Novack said as the Longhorns moved to 13-5 (8-1 in league).

With top-ranked Scott City on Friday and undefeated in the league, he said the matchup sells itself.

"It's going to be a game our kids are really looking forward to. They're very good in all areas, and it's at their home. We're going to have to play our best basketball," Novack said.


Colby 9 5 6 9 -- 29

Holcomb 12 20 13 13 -- 60

Colby (1-16, 1-8) — Cox 4 1-2 9, Kane2 0-0 5, Myer 1 0-2 2, Sager 1 0-0 2, Binder 2 0-0 4, Organ 3 1-2 7. Totals 13 2-6 29.

Holcomb (13-5, 8-1) — Cox 1 0-0 2, LaSalle 4 0-1 11, Hernandez 4 0-1 8, Homer 3 0-0 6, Tucker 2 0-0 5, Jarnagin 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 1 2-2 4, Benneett 5 0-0 10, Ramsey 4 2-3 10, Richmeier 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 4-7 60.

3-pt. goals — Colby 1 (Kane 1), Holcomb 4 (LaSalle 3, Tucker 1). Rebounds Colby 20 (Cox 5), Holcomb 27 Bennett 8). Turnovers — Colby 21, Holcomb 11. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Colby 10, Holcomb 9.