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Panthers lose El Dorado opener
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EL DORADO — Wichita Trinity’s basketball team downed Great Bend 57-45 Thursday to hand the Panthers their 10th consecutive loss at the 51st El Dorado Bluestem Classic.

The Panthers led 36-28 when Alex Schremmer drilled a 3-pointer halfway through the third period.

But the No. 3 ranked 4A Knights outscored the Panthers 28-4 behind a dominating 12-minute stretch of the second half. 

The Knights swung the momentum with back-to-back 3-pointers started with a Caden Vanlandingham 3-pointer off a rebound. Kaleb Kice followed with a 3-point play and Chase Anderson scored a basket and a 3-pointer for a 40-38 lead.  

VanLandingham hit two more 3-pointers to finish off the 28-4 run for a 56-40 lead with two minutes left. Anderson led the Knights (10-0) with 19 points.

Great Bend (2-9) plays at 3 p.m. in Friday’s consolation round.

“We gave up offensive rebounds and they hit some 3s. That was a rough stretch,” said Great Bend coach Tim Brooks. “We’ve got to continue to be assertive and aggressive defensively. We didn’t have that bulldog mentality. That’s not our nature. They got the ball to the middle of our zone and did a good job finding their shooters.”

Schremmer led the Panthers with 19 points and Trent Stueder scored 10 points. The Panthers converted 8 of 22 3-point attempts.

The patient Panthers started on fire, hitting 6 of 10 field goals for a 15-8 lead. Schremmer converted a trio of 3-pointers for a 21-13 lead capped by Trent Stueder’s rebound basket. The Knights outscored the Panthers 11-5 in the final minutes to get within 26-24 at halftime.

Great Bend 15 11 12 7 — 45 

Wichita Trinity 11 13 16 17 — 57  

GREAT BEND (2-9)—Schremmer 6-17 0-0 17, Stueder 5-11 0-0 10, Miller 3-7 2-4 9, Olivas 2-5 0-0 5, Wondra 0-1 0-0 0, Duvall 0-5 1-2 1, Sam Ryan 1-1 0-0 2, Blessing 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 17-48 3-6 45

3-pointers—GB 8-22 (Schremmer 5-13, Ryan 1-1, Miller 1-2, Olivas 1-3, Duvall 0-3)