BY KEVIN PRICE
HOISINGTON — After one quarter, it looked as though the Ellinwood high school boys had everything under control, leading Minneapolis, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, 11-8.
A 19-point second quarter for the Lions, led by John Darrow’s three 3-pointers, pushed the Eagles out of the lead for good, and Ellinwood lost in the opening round of the Hoisington Winter Jam tournament, 54-33.
“I think we’d been in a good position to maybe be up 10 points at the half,” Ellinwood’s head coach Shane Duncan said. “Unfortunately, we had 14 shot attempts I believe, and had 18 turnovers. You can’t do that against anybody, especially against a state-ranked team.”
The Lions trap was what kept the Eagles out of the game, forcing Ellinwood to hurry and commit 27 turnovers.
“We got wide open looks every time we decided not to dribble into their trapping area and pick it up,” Duncan said. “We got wide open looks every time our guards decided not to throw over the top of their trap, and once again, as coaches, we can talk until we’re blue in the face. Draw stuff up, we right it on the board, but it doesn’t matter if the guys with the ball in their hands aren’t listening.”
Ellinwood did see the return of Brett Whelan, who was forced to sit out of the Eagles’ game against Hoisington on Friday. Whelan pumped in 10 points, just three shy of the team’s leading scorer, Taner Osborn.
It was the first game of the season for Osborn, who scored 13 points but was kept from scoring the fourth quarter, due to injuries.
“Tanner tonight, physically played the best in the game,” Duncan said. “He was a big spark for us, physically. Our problem is that, with this being Tanner’s first game and in some ways playing a little bit out of position, I don’t know if he really ran one of our sets correctly.”
Kale Clawson and Ian Goering, who scored four points and one point respectively, led the Eagles in rebounding with six.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Hoisington Winter Jam
No. 2 Minneapolis 54, Ellinwood 33
Kyle Corbett 2 0-2 5, Patrick Ringering 0 0-0 0, Taner Osborn 5 3-6 13, Brett Whelan 3 4-8 10, Garrett Hayes 0 0-0 0, Kale Clawson 1 0-0 2, Jake Christianson 1 0-0 2, Ian Goering 0 1-4 1. Totals 12 8-16 33.
Casy Arganbright 1 3-4 5, John Darrow 4 0-0 14, Kyler Macy 1 0-0 2, Andrew Yoxall 1 1-1 3, Grayson George 5 0-1 13, Garrett Daugherty 1 3-6 5, Alex Yoxall 0 2-2 2, Zach Allison 2 1-4 5, Dylan Crosson 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 11-20 54.
Ellinwood 11 7 7 8 — 33
Minneapolis 8 19 15 12 — 54
Three-point goals — Minneapolis 7 (Darrow 4, George 3); Ellinwood 1 (Corbett).
Quivira Heights 60
HOISINGTON — Quivira Heights had a strong first quarter, scoring 19 to lead 19-10.
However, Victoria overtook the Thunderbirds in the second half, and won the first-round game of the Hoisington Winter Jam on Monday night.
The Thunderbirds were led by Gunner Phelan, who rang up 29 points on the Knights. Taylor Siemsen added 22 points.
Kameron Dinkel, Tony Schmidtberger and Jordan Bleske each finished in double digits for Victoria, scoring 16, 16 and 15 respectively.
HOISINGTON — Victoria took a one-point lead into halftime against Minneapolis, but the Lady Lions outscored the Lady Knights, 27-13 in the second half to claim the first-round win on Monday at the Hoisington Winter Jam.
Minneapolis got 12 points from both Kylee Gragg and Kelsie Paige. Ally Steinbrock joined them in double digits with 11.
Kristin Huser led the Lady Knights with 11 points. Audra Nowak added eight points, and Andrea Dome and Kaley Goetz each contributed seven.
No. 10 Quivira Heights 51,
HOISINGTON — Quivira Heights, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A-Division II in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, jumped ahead 21-10 in the first quarter, but a slow second quarter allowed Ellinwood to cut the lead to 26-24.
The Lady Thunderbirds (7-1) scored 25 in the second half to pull ahead and win in the first round of the Hoisington Winter Jam on Monday night, 51-38.
Quivira Heights was led by Miranda Burton, who scored a game-high 21 points. Kinsey Phelan added 13 and Lindsey Woodmansee contributed 11.
The Lady Eagles (2-7) were led by Lauren Thill, who scored 12 points, including eight in the final quarter.
Darrien Beckwith added nine points and Ashlie Munson put in six.