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Larned girls fall, boys triumph at Hoisington
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Larneds Trevor Meyer gets position for a rebound. - photo by Janet Fleske Special to the News

By Buddy Tabler
Special to the Tribune

HOISINGTON — Hoisington’s Rylie Koester demonstrated  Tuesday evening how she has surpassed the 1,000-point career mark, pouring  in 21 points in leading the Lady Cardinals to a dominating 50-22 triumph over the visiting Larned Lady Indians.
Larned stayed close, ending the first quarter with an 8-5 deficit but they would score only 2 second-quarter points and trailed 26-7 at halftime. Koester had 14 of her 21 points in the first half when the outcome was decided.  The Indians would shoot only 19 percent from the field in the first half and though they improved slightly in the second half, the outcome was already decided.
Larned coach Tricia Prescott stated, “All season long we  have had  that one quarter where we have difficulty scoring and it just drains any confidence we might have had. Rylie Koester is a great player but we just didn’t execute our own offense.”
Koester led the Lady Cardinals with her 21 points and she was backed up by Emma Harmon with 12 while Karisa Schremmer chipped in with 5.
Larned was led in scoring by Kelsey Parr with 5 while Ivory Muldrow and Erin Smith added 4.
Hoisington boosted their record to 14-6, 6-4 in Central Kansas League play. The Cardinals will host a first-round Sub-State game on Tuesday evening. Larned falls to 4-16 on the season, 2-9 in CKL play. They will travel to Sterling on Tuesday as the eighth-seed, facing the top-seeded Sterling Black Bears.

The Larned boys ended the frustration of a three-game losing streak here Tuesday evening as they used a suffocating defense to throttle the Hoisington Cardinals 57-35. The Indians raced out to a 27-9 halftime lead, limiting the Cardinals to just 12.5 percent shooting.
Larned coach Don Zimmerman commented, “That’s the basketball team that I had become used to seeing, not the team that showed up the past three games. We took care of the ball and played good defense which gave us a lot of fast-break opportunities.”
Larned’s Isiah Perez was a demon on defense, converting several steals into breakaway baskets as a frustrated Hoisington coach Kyle Haxton had to keep burning timeouts to try to stem the Indian stampede.
It didn’t work.
Midway through the third quarter the Cardinals still had been able to post only 11 points.  They finished the third stanza trailing, 38-18.
Hoisington’s leading scorer on the season, Steff Dolechek, was limited to 6 points by the Indians. The Cardinals were led by Brenner Donovan with 12. Cam Davis backed him up with 11.
The Indians were spearheaded by their two guards, Isiah Perez and Evan Skelton. Perez scored 19 and Skelton, who opened the game with a long 3-pointer to get the Indians started, contributed 17. The Indians’ big men were dominant  on the boards. Tanner Galliart scored 4 points but had 10 rebounds and Trevor Meyer also had 4 points but 9 big rebounds.
Hoisington falls to 8-12 overall, 3-8 in Central Kansas League action. The Cardinals will travel to Beloit for a Sub-State game on Monday evening.
Larned, ending a three-game losing streak, improves to 13-7, 7-4 in CKL play. The Indians will host a Sub-State game on Monday evening at the Marvin Webster Court in Larned.
Hesston    11-0    18-2
Sterling    8-3     15-5
Pratt    8-3     13-7
Haven    7-4     14-6
Larned    7-4     13-7
Halstead    7-4    9-11
Hillsboro    6-5     13-7
Nickerson    4-7     6-13
Hoisington    3-8     8-12
Smoky Valley    3-8     8-12
Lyons    2-9    5-15
Kingman    1-10     1-19

Tuesday’s games
Halstead 38, Lyons 28
Haven 51, Nickerson 45
Hesston 57, Pratt 44
Larned 57, Hoisington 35
Smoky Valley 46, Kingman 32
Sterling 76, Hillsboro 68

Sterling    11-0    19-1
Haven    9-2    16-4
Hesston    9-2    16-4
Kingman    9-2    14-6
Hoisington    7-4    14-6
Pratt    5-6    11-9
Hillsboro    5-6    10-10
Smoky Valley    4-7    7-13
Lyons    2-9    7-13
Halstead    2-9    7-13
Larned    2-9    4-16
Nickerson    1-10    4-16

Tuesday’s games
Haven 39, Nickerson 34
Hesston 46, Pratt 43
Hoisington 50, Larned 22
Kingman 44, Smoky Valley 19
Lyons 44, Halstead 34
Sterling 61, Hillsboro 21