Another year of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic came to a close Saturday night, with 18 games being played at three sites in three days. Thursday and Friday saw games at Garden City, Holcomb and Scott City. On Saturday, all games moved to the Garden City High School gym.
Garden City High School’s boys squad, the Holcomb High School boys team and the Scott Community High School girls rose to the top of the tournament, as all three teams finished with 3-0 records.
GCHS boys hold off Scott City
After defeating Palmer Ridge, Colo., and Coronado, Colo., the Buffaloes led Scott City throughout its finale en route to a 54-42 victory.
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 35-16 advantage at halftime and increased the lead to 45-23 by the end of the third quarter. The Beavers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring GCHS 19-9, but their deficit proved too large to overcome.
Azavier Williams led the Buffalo attack with 13 points, and Isaiah Reyes added 12. Scott City’s Hunter Yager led all scorers with 16 points, and Jackson Lewis added 13 for the Beavers.
Scott City finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.
GARDEN CITY BOYS 54, SCOTT CITY 42
Scott City girls top GCHS
Scott City’s girls squad had victories over Coronado and Wichita Trinity before completing their sweep in the tournament with a 61-52 win against Garden City on Saturday.
The Beavers’ Lyndi Rumford led all scorers in the game with 23 points. Brynn McCormick added 17 for Scott City.
Keyhanna Turner had 13 points for the Buffaloes, and Felicity Rodriguez pitched in 10.
“I thought we did a much better job competing defensively,” GCHS head coach Mat Pfeifer said. “We had a lot of players come in to the game and make a positive impact.”
Garden City finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
SCOTT CITY GIRLS 61, GARDEN CITY 52
Holcomb ends with pair of wins
After defeating Wichita Trinity and Palmer Ridge at Holcomb, the Holcomb boys team completed its tournament sweep with a 75-50 rout of Coronado at GCHS.
Holcomb's girls team also ended the tournament on a positive note, claiming a 50-34 win against Coronado after losing its first two games against Wichita Trinity and Palmer Ridge.
The Longhorn girls led throughout the game. They established a 25-18 advantage by halftime and continued building it in the second half with defensive pressure, holding Coronado to eight points each in the third and fourth quarters.
Lauren Jones led the balanced offensive attack for Holcomb with 13 points, as eight Longhorns tallied points in the game. Coronado’s Fatinah Muhammad led all scorers with 18 points.
“We were very proud of the way our team played together through this three-day tournament,” HHS girls coach Andrea Ardery said. “To compete at a high level for three consecutive days, and display the resiliency they did after defeat says a lot about their character as a team as well as their commitment to the process.”
HOLCOMB GIRLS 50, CORONADO 34