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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Cimarron sweeps HPL titles

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  • The Cimarron High basketball teams swept the Hi-Plains League tournament titles after beating Meade in both the girls and boys championship games Saturday night at Garden City Community College. The Lady Bluejays beat Meade 64-36 in the girls title game and Cimarron completed the sweep by beating the Buffaloes 50-47 in the boys final. It was the Cimarron girls third straight league tournament title; while the Bluejays ended the Buffaloes' two-year run as boys tournament champions, losing to Meade in last year's final. The Lady Bluejays (12-1) dominated their battle with the Lady Buffaloes. Cimarron built a 17-8 lead after one quarter in the girls championship and extended it to 30-13 by intermission. "We had so many girls who helped us throughout this tournament," said Cimarron girls basketball head coach David Ediger. "Everybody did a very good job." Ashtynn Burns was the leading scorer for the Lady Bluejays with 24 points, while Morgan Ediger added 14 (including four 3-pointers) and Korina Bailon had 13 in the victory. Cimarron made eight 3-pointers as a team in the victory. Mackenzie Moshier led Meade (8-3) with nine points. The Lady Buffaloes made only 10 field goals in the loss. "This was probably the best game from beginning to end all year," said Coach Ediger. "We came our with great intensity and more determined. We wanted to play as a team and have fun as a team. "Our defense won the game for us. We ran a new defense that caught them off guard and they could never get into sync. That defense opened up our offense and put pressure on the basket." Cimarron had a much tougher time in beating the Buffaloes in the boys title game. The Bluejays had an 11-point lead early in the game but gave it up when Meade changed to a zone defense. The Buffaloes responded with a 14-point run on the way to a 25-21 halftime lead. Cimarron (11-2) clamped down on its defense in the final quarter allowing only two Meade field goals in the final eight minutes. The Bluejays took the lead with less than a minute to play on a three-point play by Christian Fischer. Meade had a chance to take the lead with 3.4 seconds on the clock, but missed the front end of the one-and-one attempt and Ty Clark grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal the win. "This one here was a rubber match and we knew we could beat them," said Cimarron boys basketball head coach David Losey. "I think that was the difference this year from the previous two years. It was (also) a great defense for our kids in the fourth quarter." Caleb Fischer scored 18 points to lead the Bluejays to the win, while Christian Fischer added 14 in the victory. Morgan Davis scored 26 points to lead Meade (9-2) and Jett Little added 10 for the Buffaloes. Losey said the Bluejays found out they have to play with intensity ever since losing to Dodge City earlier this month and have strung together five wins since that setback. "These kids have been playing for three years at this level and our kids don't seem to panic when things get down," Losey said. "This (win) is huge and and a confidence builder. We know we can play and if we do the right things, we know we can play with anyone on the court." GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP MEADE (36) — Bailey Olvera 6, Beth Lewis 6, Lexus Luetters 1, Jaylin Stapleton 6, Brooke Reimer 2, Bailey Lewis 2, Tarah Wiens 2, Mackenzie Moshier 9, Kalesha Ellis 2. Totals 10 16-23 36. CIMARRON (64) — Rebecca Dupree 3, Ashtynn Burns 24, Konner Moler 3, Hailee Hoskinson 6, Morgan Ediger 14, Korina Bailon 13, Ana Bailon 1. Totals 21 11-13 64. Meade 8 5 9 14 — 36 Cimarron 17 13 19 15 — 64 Three-point baskets — Cimarron 8 (Dupree 1, Burns 2, Moler 1, Ediger 4). Records — Meade 8-3, Cimarron 12-1. BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP CIMARRON (50) — Caleb Fischer 18, Isaac Stanley 2, Ty Clark 9, Christian Fischer 14, Seth Pachner 2, Nick Ast 5. Totals 20 4-6 50. MEADE (47) — Jett Little 10, Kash Larrabee 2, Ryan Friesen 2, Tristan Lewis 2, Morgan Davis 26, Landon Bird 3, Aaron Gleason 2. Totals 16 10-13 47. Cimarron 15 6 17 12 — 50 Meade 10 15 17 5 — 47 Three-point baskets — Cimarron 6 (Ca. Fischer 4, Ch. Fischer 1, Ast 1), Meade 5 (Davis 3, Little 1, Bird 1). Records — Cimarron 11-2, Meade 9-2.

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