Larned advances in convincing fashion

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LARNED, Kan. The Larned Indians defeated the Southeast of Saline Trojans by a score of 70 to 45 in a first-round Class 3A Sub-State matchup.

Larned Indian #42 Layton Crosby goes for a layup. The Larned Indians and Ness City Eagles face off in a semifinal game of the 52nd Annual St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic Tournament held at St. John High School in St. John, Kansas on January 24, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Larned jumped out to an 8 to 0 lead within the first two minutes of the game. By the end of the quarter, they would score a total of 24 points.

Dillan Smith scored all of his nine points for the evening during the first quarter. Chance Sanger contributed seven points.

Southeast of Saline scored their first points with about 5:30 to go in the quarter. They would tally 14 total points in the quarter. Camden Spano-Lund made two three-pointers.

Chance Sanger hit three three-pointers in the second quarter as Larned scored 16 points. The Indians held Southeast of Saline to only seven points in the quarter.

In the third quarter, Larned started to slow down the quick pace of the game. They would only score nine points.

As the quarter went on, Southeast of Saline began to chip into the twenty point lead of the Indians. By two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Trojans had narrowed the lead to just 10 points.

Larned coach Jerrod Smith took a timeout. Coming out of the break the five players on the floor huddled up. When play resumed the Indians took off on a 12 to 0 run over two and a half minutes.

That run put the game away.

Chance Sanger led all scorers with 18 points. He scored 16 in the first half.

Andreus Tucker scored 13 points and Brock Skelton added 11 points.

For Southeast of Saline, Camden Spano-Lund scored 17 points including five three-pointers. Eli Sawyers added 12 points.

"You get to this part of the season and you play someone you've never seen," said Larned Head Coach Jerrod Smith. "Now after this game, we will be playing teams for the second time." The rest of the teams alive in the Sub-State come from the Central Kansas League.

"This group has been pretty focused and they have a goal in mind. As long as we are healthy, they will battle and work to get there."

Larned will face Hesston in the Sub-State semifinal game Thursday evening. When the two teams played earlier this season, the Swathers edged the Indians by one point.