Goodland, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–It took a couple of lengthy runs for the Hugoton Lady Eagles to put away the Scott City Lady Beavers Thursday night at the Class 4A, Division II Sub-State Semi-Final at Goodland’s Max Jones Field House, as the Lady Eagles knocked out the Lady Beavers 57-33. The win by Hugoton also gave them their second straight trip to a sub-state final.
After both teams had issues scoring in the first two minutes of the game, Hugoton put together a 7-0 spurt in under 30 seconds. Scott City battled back to within 15-13 after the first quarter. They would tie the game at 15 and then at 17, with chances to take the lead, but foul trouble for a depleted Lady Beaver lineup caught up with them. With two starters in foul trouble, Hugoton forced turnovers with their full court pressure, and closed the final 3:53 of the first half on a 13-5 run to lead 30-22 at halftime.
In the second half, the three pointers kept coming for the Lady Eagles, and Scott City (3-18) was unable to keep up, as a 16-4 third quarter run gave Hugoton the 46-32 lead going into the final period. The Lady Beavers scored only two fourth quarter points, and converted just two field goals the entire second half, while the Lady Eagles scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter, en route to their third win over Scott City this season.
Hugoton (18-3) had three in double figure scoring, led by Amy Scott’s 18 points, while Riley Sosa and Katy Heger poured in 11. Playing in her final game as a Lady Beaver, Bailey Nickel led Scott City with 11.
Hugoton will face the Goodland Cowgirls for a third time this season on Saturday at 6 pm ct in Goodland. The Cowgirls overcame an offensive nightmare by them and Colby to outlast the Lady Eagles 40-31 in overtime in the second semi-final game in Goodland on Thursday night. Hugoton has defeated Goodland 55-46 in Hugoton on January 17, and recently, a 41-39 win in Goodland on February 21.