Scott City sweeps Wichita County in season openers


Scott City, Kan. (–For the first time since the 2010-11 season, nearby schools Wichita County and Scott City met up at Scott Community High School. In their second year back as opponents, had plenty of questions about their teams coming in. The girls game saw both teams returning a fair amount of inexperience, while the boys teams had plenty of newcomers on the varsity level. In the end, the Beavers jumped out to early leads, and never trailed, as the Lady Beavers won the first game 52-28, while the boys won 51-27 over the Wichita County Indians.

Scott City used a pair of 8-0 runs to begin the first and second quarters. The Lady Beavers started out six of seven from the floor and led 13-2 with 5:42 left in the first quarter off a three-point play from Emily Smith. Wichita County (0-1) ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to pull to within 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Indians went on a six-plus minute drought, and the Lady Beavers took advantage, scoring the first eight points, and had a 13-2 second quarter run to lead 28-11 at the break. An 8-2 run pushed their lead out to 36-16 midway through the third quarter, and Scott City (1-0) would push their lead to the biggest of the night at 45-18 late in the third quarter Both teams scored seven fourth quarter points to push the final to 52-28.

Leading the way was Kaitlyn Roberts, who drilled four three’s for a game-high 16 points, while Lyndi Rumford added nine off the bench for the Lady Beavers. Scott City was 7-8 from the foul line. Wichita County was led by Sarah Martin and Nicole Biermann with six points each. The Lady Indians committed 22 turnovers. They did outrebound the Lady Beavers 41-31.

Scott City has now won seven straight in the series since 2008, and are 21-14 against the Lady Indians since 1987.

Coach Sarah McCormick Postgame

Scott City jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never led by any fewer than six after that run. The Beavers led 13-4 after the first quarter, and eventually built their lead to 27-15 at the break. Wichita County (0-1) could not put together a consistent run all night, as they battled foul trouble. Their biggest runs they put together all night were 4-0 runs on three occasions. Scott City (1-0) saw their lead be cut to 32-19 with over five minutes left in the third quarter, and used a 9-0 run to lead 41-19 with 1:40 left in the third quarter. The Beavers also closed out the game with the games final five points to push their lead to the biggest of the night at 24, with the final score of 51-27.

Scott City had seven players score at least five points, and none of them reached double figures. Joe Evans, Jordan Horn and Marshal Faurot lead the charge with 27 points. the Beavers struggled at the foul line, going just 7-17 and committed 13 turnovers. Wichita County got 12 points from Bradley Huber and nine from John Biermann. The Indians were just 3-7 at the charity line and committed 20 turnovers. Scott City won the rebounding battle 47-28, and had 26 offensive boards.

With the win, Scott City has now won the 16th straight game in the series, and 20 out of the last 21 games. The Beavers have also won 16 in a row on their home court against the Indians since 1996. They are also 24-11 against Wichita County since 1987. Scott City has won four straight season openers, and nine out of their last 10.

Coach Brian Gentry Postgame

Up next for Scott City is Palmer Ridge on Thursday on the opening night of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic. The girls will start at 6, with the boys to follow. Wichita County will play on Monday in the opening round of the Sagebrush Shootout in Brewster. The girls take on St. Francis, while the boys face Weskan.