Scott City basketball drops two in final day of Sterling Invitational

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Sterling, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–The Scott City basketball teams wrapped up their final day of competition on Friday at the Sterling Invitational. It would be a tough day for both teams, as the Lady Beavers dropped a 32-31 heartbreaker to Smoky Valley in the third place game, while the boys would suffer a 56-16 loss to Southeast of Saline in the fifth place game. 

Smoky Valley Girls 32, Scott City 31
For a second consecutive Friday, the game would come down to a final shot. Smoky Valley would come out shooting hot at 64% in the first half, after the teams exchanged the lead early on. The Lady Vikings took a 17-12 lead after the first quarter, and used an 8-0 run to build a 25-14 lead with 2:36 left before intermission. Scott City made the final basket of the half to pull to within 25-16 at halftime, and after trailing 27-18 early in the second half, the Lady Beavers would go on a 13-0 run over a 10-minute stretch to lead 31-27 with 4:58 left. Unfortunately for Scott City, that would be their final points of the afternoon. Smoky Valley broke a 10:34 scoring drought with a banked in three midway through the fourth quarter to pull to within 31-30. The Lady Vikings hit two free throws out of four attempts down the stretch, with the last coming at the 43 second mark of the fourth quarter. Scott City had a final shot, and despite getting a good look, their three pointer would be too strong, as they dropped the game 32-31. 

Smoky Valley was led by Ellie Brumbaugh’s 11 points, all coming in the first half. They went 5-11 at the free throw line and had 16 turnovers. The Lady Vikings shot 34% for the game from the floor at 11-32. Scott City was led by Brooke Strine with 12 points, as they shot 32% for the game at 14-44. The Lady Beavers had nine turnovers and were just 2-4 at the foul line.

In the loss, Scott City dropped their first-ever meeting with Smoky Valley, and have lost two straight to Central Kansas League teams. 

Scott City       12-4-13-2-31
Smoky Valley 17-8-2-5-32

Scott City (2-8): Rumford 4 0-0 8; Strine 5 2-4 12; Latta 3 0-0 7; Felker 2 0-0 4; Cupp 0 0-0 0; Patton 0 0-0 0; Team: 14 2-4 31
Smoky Valley (6-4): Johnson 0 0-0 0; Brumbaugh 4 0-0 11; Priddy 2 1-2 5; VanDerWege 0 0-0 0; Haxton 0 2-3 2; Mullen 1 0-0 2; Rose 1 0-0 3; Adam 0 0-0 0; Hazelwood 2 2-4 7; Broxterman 1 0-2 2; Team: 11 5-11 32

Three Pointers: Scott City 1 (Latta 1), Smoky Valley 5 (Brumbaugh 3, Rose 1, Hazelwood 1); Turnovers: Scott City 9, Smoky Valley 16; Rebounds: Scott City 22, Smoky Valley 25; Fouls: Scott City 11, Smoky Valley 11; Fouled Out: None.

Southeast of Saline Boys 56, Scott City 16
This would be a game where Southeast of Saline could barely miss from the field. The Trojans shot 66% in their win over Kingman on Tuesday, and continued that trend from the beginning. They used runs of eight, and seven in the first half to build an 18-4 lead after the first period of play. Scott City would go ice cold from the floor over a stretch of nearly 14 minutes, where they saw Southeast of Saline score 26 straight, as they led 36-4 at the break and 41-4 with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter. The Beavers eventually put up eight third quarter points to get to within 47-12. A running clock in the final period saw the Trojans push their lead to 40, as they won 56-16. It was their fifth win in six games.

Nakari Morrical-Palmer led the way with 15 points, while Jaxson Gebhardt added 12 for Southeast of Saline, who shot 62% for the game at 24-39. They were 5-8 from the free throw line and had 11 turnovers. Gus Hawkins led Scott City with four points, as the Beavers shot just 19% for the game at 6-32 and were 3-6 from the foul line. They finished with 26 turnovers.

It was the first meeting between the two schools, and the first for Scott City against a team from the North Central Activities Association since 2015. 

Scott City      4-0-8-4-16
SE of Saline 18-18-11-9-56

Scott City (2-8): Serrano 0 0-0 0; I. Tarango 0 0-0 0; Rosin 1 0-0 3; King 0 0-0 0; Stevens 0 0-0 0; Thon 0 0-0 0; Culp 0 2-2 2; Hawkins 2 0-0 4; Bailey 1 0-0 2; Metzger 1 1-1 3; E. Tarango 0 0-2 2; Gooden 1 0-0 2; Team: 6 3-6 16
SE of Saline (6-5): Spano-Lund 1 0-0 2; Augustine 1 0-0 2; J. Gebhardt 5 1-1 12; Banks 4 1-2 9; Stumpf 1 0-0 2; Richardson 1 0-0 3; Harris 0 0-0 0; L. Gebhardt 1 0-0 2; Morrical-Palmer 7 0-1 15; Murray 0 2-3 2; Isaacson 0 0-0 0; Sawyers 3 1-1 7; Team: 24 5-8 56

Three Pointers: Scott City 1 (Rosin); SE of Saline 3 (J. Gebhardt 1, Richardson 1, Morrical-Palmer 1); Turnovers: Scott City 26, SE of Saline 11; Rebounds: Scott City 22, SE of Saline 25; Fouls: Scott City 12, SE of Saline 13: Fouled Out: None.

Coach Brian Gentry Postgame

The girls finals on Friday also included Chaparral defeating Hutchinson Trinity in the seventh place game 54-52, SE of Saline knocking off Kingman in the fifth place game 40-26, and Hugoton repeating as tournament champions with a 65-44 win over Sterling in a battle of unbeatens.

The boys finals on Friday saw Smoky Valley defeat Kingman 60-49 in the seventh place game, Lyons defeating Sterling 41-27 in the third place game, and Hugoton knocking off Hutchinson Trinity 73-60 in the championship game.

Scott City will have four of their next five games at home, beginning with Hugoton on Tuesday night.