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Sabetha Girls Stay Undefeated Holton Boys Win on Road
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports
12/20/2019

It was the final games before the holiday break in the Big 7 League on Friday night and the Sabetha girls dominated a battle of unbeaten teams while the Holton boys were impressive in their road win. 

GIRLS = Sabetha 52, Holton 35

The Sabetha girls scored 23 consecutive points in the first half to go from a 7-2 deficit to a 25-7 lead and held visiting Holton without a field goal in the second quarter.  Leading 28-11 at halftime, the Bluejays continued to create turnovers in a two-three zone defense and were more aggressive attacking the basket and getting rebounds in route to a 52-35 win.  

The Lady Jays hit six treys, including two by Morgan Schuette who went on an 8-0 individual run from the end of the third quarter to start the fourth frame. Schuette finished with 14 points while Melinna Schumann and Leah Renyer each added 13 and Sabetha improved to 5-0 with only five turnovers in the game.  

Holton had 18 turnovers and struggled to defend inside in their closest contest of the season and first loss of the year (3-1). Saydee Tanking hit four three's in the second half to finish with 13 points while Faith Haussler added nine. 

BOYS = Holton 54, Sabetha 46

The Wildcats ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run and never game up the lead after a 16-5 start and 25-16 halftime advantage. Sabetha closed the gap to 35-29 late in the third period but Blake Mulroy answered with a trifecta for the Wildcats who took a 43-31 advantage into the fourth quarter following five straight points in the closing seconds by Kale Purcell. Eli Prine then hit a triple to start the fourth frame and Sabetha missed 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to prevent any chance at a comeback. 

Mulroy scored 17 points for Holton and hit five of their eight three-pointers while Prine added a pair of long bombs and scored 12.  Purcell finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Matt Lierz played very well with four steals and eight points as the Cats evened their record at 2-2 and improved to 2-1 in the Big 7 League.  Holton only had nine total turnovers to help overcome losing the battle on the boards.  

Sabetha got 18 points from Gabe Garber with 14 of those after halftime as he picked up two early fouls and didn't play much in the first period.  Braden Argabright added 13 points and Kaleb Grimm chipped in nine before the Bluejays dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in League play. Sabetha was just 10 of 20 at the charity stripe and had 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half while Garber was out and the deficit grew to double-digits.  

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Morgan Schuette of Sabetha and Blake Mulroy from Holton 


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