Beavers survive shaky start in sub-state opener

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Scott City’s Bo Hess scoops up a loose ball after it gets knocked away from a Goodland player by teammate Marshall Faurot during second half action on Thursday night.

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Scott City’s Bo Hess scoops up a loose ball after it gets knocked away from a Goodland player by teammate Marshall Faurot during second half action on Thursday night.

By Rod Haxton, editor

It’s always good to know that you can win with your leading scorer on the bench in foul trouble.

Scott City head coach Brian Gentry is hoping his team won’t have to duplicate that effort on Saturday.

A strong supporting cast of Beavers erased an early six point deficit and pulled away for a 58-47 win over Goodland in the opening round of Class 4A-DII sub-state action on the home floor Thursday.

It started out pretty ugly for the Beavers who missed their first 10 shots from the field which allowed the Cowboys to grab an 8-2 lead.

“I’m sure nerves had something to do with it,” says head coach Brian Gentry. “But give them credit. They had eight days to prepare and they threw three different defenses at us. What was impressive is that they jumped from one to another without a hiccup.”

The Beavers didn’t score their first field goal until Drew Duff, who scored a team high 14 points, drained a three-pointer with just 1:05 remaining in the opening period. He followed with a three-point play that tied the game at 8-8.

“Drew was a catalyst for us when we needed someone to step up,” says Gentry. “He hit a couple of big shots.”

With Bo Hess on the bench for the final 6-1/2 minutes of the first half with foul trouble, SCHS pushed its lead to 10 points, 30-20.

Junior guard Jordan Horn kept the momentum rolling early in the second period when he scored seven of Scott City’s first nine points. He gave the Beavers their first lead of the night, 13-11, with 6:20 to play.

Goodland cut the deficit to 34-30 with 3:43 left in the third period before SCHS put together a 12-0 run for a 45-30 cushion. Their biggest lead of the night was 50-31.

Horn finished with 11 points and Kyle Cure scored a season high 10 points.

 

The Beavers face Holcomb for the sub-state title Saturday with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

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