The Hi-Plains League team finished their first semester of play last week with all of the teams having at least one league game before break.
The Cimarron boys and girls head into break on different paths. For the girls team, two wins in a row moves them into the new year on a high note. The boys team will have to rebound from two losses last week.
The Lady Bluejays (5-1, 2-0 HPL) came off their home tournament runner- up finish on Dec. 11 with a 58-37 win over Meade, then followed it by beating Elkhart on Thursday, 66-39. Avery Burns dropped in an impressive 26 points against Elkhart. Her night included three 3-point makes. Kate Lock added 11 points for Cimarron.
The boys team suffered a 57-51 setback to Elkhart after losing to Meade on Tuesday 51-39. The Bluejays are 1-5 and 0-2 heading into break.
The Elkhart boys and girls teams played just one game this week. The result was a split as the girls fell to Cimarron 66-39, while the boys held off the Bluejays 57-51.
In the boys game, Elkhart (2-3, 1-1) was led by Jordan Simmons with 17 points. He was followed by Ulises Prieto with 12 and Cole Parks tacked on 10.
The Lady Wildcats (3-2, 1-1) were paced by Araceli Gonzales' 11 points. The loss was the second straight for the Elkart girls.
Lakin will need to rebuild some confidence after Christmas break as both teams went winless in the final week of play in 2010. The boys dropped a 62-59 decision against HPL foe Sublette on Tuesday, then turned around two days later and were whipped 66-36 by Holcomb.
The girls team was handled with a 44-30 loss to Sublette, then beaten by Holcomb 45-20.
Against former league rival Holcomb, the Broncs' boys were led by Bryant Miller with 13 points, Colby Hamel added 12.
In the girls game, Lakin (1-5, 1-2) was led by Mariah Hill with nine points.
Games against Cimarron were all the Meade Buffaloes played last week. The Meade girls lost to the Lady Bluejays 58-37, while the boys team won 51-39.
In the girls game, Meade (1-4, 0-2) led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter, but gave away 22 points in the second eight-minute stretch, falling behind 31-24 at the break.
The Meade boys (4-1, 2-0) remained undefeated in league play with the win over Cimarron.
A quick start to the season spun in reverse for the Satanta girls. Following a four-game win streak to open the season the Lady Indians lost two straight. The Satanta boys just continue their struggles, losing two more in an already winless season.
The Lady Indians fell to HPL power Southwestern Heights 58-50 on Tuesday, then tripped against Sublette, falling 46-38. In the loss to Sublette, the Lady Indians were without leading scorer Kelsey Blair, out with a hurt ankle. Aubrey Young and Stephanie Caro had 13 points
apiece for Satanta (4-2, 0-2) in the loss.
Satanta's boys team was routed by Southwestern Heights 66-29, then were dropped by Sublette 56-20. No one scored in double-figures for Satanta (0-6, 0-2) but Zach Freeman had five points.
The Southwestern Heights' girls basketball team has been a longtime power in the HPL. With a 5-1 start to the season and 3-0 mark in league play the Lady Mustangs are showing why they are again one of the best. The Mustangs' boys team on the other hand has struggled
since qualifying for last year's Class 3A state tournament.
On Friday, Southwestern Heights finished out its first semester of basketball with a split against Syracuse. The Lady Mustangs rolled to a 63-17 win, while the boys lost 59-37.
In the girls game, Southwestern Heights led by 13 at the end of the first quarter, and extended the lead to 36-8 by halftime. The Mustangs' boys were unable to recover from a 15-6 first quarter deficit and didn't have a double-figure scoring quarter until the fourth.
On Tuesday, the Mustangs swept Satanta. The girls ended the Lady Indians four-game win streak, beating them 58-50, then the boys routed Satanta 56-20.
The Stanton County boys continued its strong start to the season with a 51-47 win over Wichita County on Friday. The Lady Trojans hit a little bit of a speed bump losing 55-43 to Wichita County.
In the boys game, Stanton County (5-1, 1-0) overcame a three-point deficit going into the fourth quarter. The Indians had pulled ahead of Stanton County after the Trojans led 25-19 at the break.
In the girls game, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. A 25-point third quarter by Wichita County would be too much to overcome. Gylee Martin scored 14 points to lead Stanton County (4-2, 0-1).
The Sublette boys and girls basketball teams head into the Christmas break on an upbeat note. The Larks' squads swept Satanta on Friday.
The boys game came as no surprise as Sublette rounded the Indians 56-20. The girls game was an impressive upset for Sublette. The Lady Larks knocked off Satanta 46-38.
In the boys game, Sublette (5-1, 2-0) was led by Taylor Williamson with 13 points. Travis Leverett followed with 12. The win followed a thrilling 62-59 win over Lakin on Tuesday.
The Sublette girls jumped out to a 24-19 halftime lead on Satanta and never looked back. Katelyn Marlin 14 points for Sublette (4-2, 2-0). The Larks' girls team beat Lakin on Tuesday, 44-30.
It's been a typical strong start to the season for the Syracuse boys and an untypical start for the girls.
The Syracuse boys enter break on a two-game win streak, beating Greeley County 52-46, then HPL foe Southwestern Heights 59-37 on Friday. Gary Parks led a balanced Bulldog attack against Southwestern Heights with 13 points. J.D. Howell added 10 points.
On the girls side, Syracuse struggled in its two games last week. On Tuesday, Greeley County dropped the Lady Bulldogs 52-23, then Southwestern Heights won in a rout 63-17.
Wichita County - Leoti
Hannah Mehl led the Lady Indians into Christmas break with a winning feel as the Wichita County girls knocked off Stanton County 55-43. The boys team wasn't as lucky falling just short of the Trojans, 51-47.
In the girls game, Mehl scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Her teammate Lindsey Estes led all scorers with an 18 point performance.
In the boys game, Gabe Martinez scored 13 for Wichita County.