The Kiowa County Mavericks won a heavily contested affair Tuesday in the 2019 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament beating Ashland 48-41.

It was a back-and-forth game throughout. Ashland senior Cody Lohrding hit a 3-pointer to get the scoring started. He scored often in Tuesday. Similar could be said for Ashland junior Greysen Gardiner, Kiowa County junior Cooper Zenger and Kiowa County senior Camden VandenHoek.

Ashland took a 31-28 lead on a 3 by Gardiner to start the fourth quarter. Lohrding hit a 3-pointer with about 1:48 left to go in the game that cut Kiowa County’s lead to 42-40, but the Mavericks were able to score a layup on the next possession and close the game out by hitting final-minute free throws.

The Mavericks will play at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Bluejays will face Pawnee Heights at 4:30 p.m. Friday.