January 20, 2022

Bluejays and Beavers split Tuesday doubleheader

Cimarron, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Coming off three games last week, Cimarron played host to Scott City on Tuesday night at Cimarron High School in a battle of GWAC teams. While the games did not count toward the league standings, the night would see a split in a doubleheader. The Lady Bluejays would rally in the final quarter to take a 52-40 win, while the Beaver boys pull away for a 63-40 victory.

Cimarron Girls 52, Scott City 40
In a battle of 4-0 teams, there would be two big runs in the game. Cimarron controlled the opening eight minutes, and took an 11-5 lead into the second frame. The Lady Bluejays would lead in the first minute 16-5, and after a Scott City timeout, the Lady Beavers would go on a solid run. A 16-3 run in the final 6:57 of the first half gave the Lady Beavers their first lead of the night at 21-19 at the break. They held Cimarron without a point for a little over five minutes, and built a 24-19 lead early in the second half. Scott City led 33-27 late in the third period, before the Lady Bluejays pulled to within 35-31 going into the fourth quarter. It would be a 37-32 Lady Beaver lead with 6:51 left, when Cimarron went on a tear. They forced nine Scott City fourth quarter turnovers, and scored the games next 20 points to lead 52-37 with 2:08 left. The Lady Beavers went 6:38 without points, before scoring the games final three points to make the final 52-40 for the No. 7 ranked team in Class 3A.

McKayla Miller led Cimarron with 16 points, while Melody Carter added 10. Scott City got a 17-point performance from Erika Felker, which tied a career-high, and Amber Latta finished with 11.

Cimarron has won four straight in the series, which is the longest since their run from 2012-16. The Lady Bluejays lead the series 14-9.

Scott City  5  16 14   5 40
Cimarron 11   8 12 21 52

Scott City (4-1): Rumford 1 0-0 3; Strine 2 0-0 4; Latta 3 5-6 11; Ford 0 0-0 0; Felker 6 2-2 17; Cupp 2 0-0 4; Cramer 0 0-0 0; Patton 0 1-2 1; Team: 14 8-10 40
Cimarron (5-0): Jantz 0 2-3 2; Wilson 3 0-1 7; Acton 3 0-0 8; Carter 2 6-8 10; Miller 5 4-6 16; Sonday 4 1-2 9; Team: 17 13-20 52

Three-Pointers: Scott City 4 (Felker 3, Rumford 1); Cimarron 5 (Acton 2, Miller 2, Wilson 1); Rebounds: Scott City 30, Cimarron 24; Turnovers: Scott City 19, Cimarron 15; Fouls: Scott City 16, Cimarron 10; Fouled Out: None.

Coach Amy Felker Postgame

Scott City Boys 63, Cimarron 40
Cimarron had the early 3-0 lead, and that would be their lone lead of the night. Scott City put up nine straight and never trailed. After the Bluejays pulled to within 9-8 midway through the opening frame, the Beavers closed out the first quarter on a 16-6 run to lead 25-14 after the first quarter. Trailing 28-14 early in the second stanza, Cimarron scored seven straight to get to within 28-21 at the midway point of the second quarter. Scott City ended their five-minute drought, scoring the final four points of the half to lead at the break 32-21. In the second half, the Bluejays couldn’t get any closer than nine points. Leading 36-27, the Beavers closed out the final 4:32 of the third quarter on a 17-3 run to build a 23-point lead at 53-30 heading into the final period. They would lead by that margin three times in the second half, and while Cimarron pulled to within 55-38, Scott City would score eight of the games final 10 points to snap a three-game losing streak with a 63-40 win.

Ten out of 11 Scott City players scored, led by Dylan Metzger with a career-high 14 points, while Austin Thon also had a career-best 13 points, and Ronnie Weathers added 11. Luke Janzen led Cimarron with 11 points.

After hitting 10 three-pointers through the first four games, the Beavers connected on nine on Tuesday, and eclipsed the 60-point total for the first time in two seasons. Scott City leads the series with the Bluejays since 2005 16-1.

Scott City 25 7 21 10 63
Cimarron 14 7   9 10 40

Scott City (2-3): Duff 1 0-0 3; Metzger 5 0-0 14; Noll 0 3-4 3; Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Thon 5 0-0 13; Rumford 1 0-0 2; Hawkins 3 2-2 9; Bailey 2 0-0 4; Weathers 5 1-1 11; Tarango 0 0-0 0; Gooden 1 0-0 2; Team: 24 5-6 63
Cimarron (0-5): Kopper 3 0-0 6; Cardiel 0 0-0 0; Moler 0 2-2 2; Janzen 5 3-3 13; Harrison 3 0-0 7; Berry 2 0-0 6; Allen 0 0-0 0; Wittman 0 0-0 0; Mendez 0 0-2 0; Lopez 3 0-0 6; Team: 16 5-7 40

Three-Pointers: Scott City 9 (Metzger 4, Thon 3, Duff 1, Hawkins 1), Cimarron 3 (Beery 2, Harrison 1); Rebounds: Scott City 30, Cimarron 22; Turnovers: Scott City 11, Cimarron 12; Fouls: Scott City 10, Cimarron 9; Fouled Out: None.

Coach Brian Gentry Postgame

Scott City will host Colby on Friday, while Cimarron plays at Hugoton.