#8 Sylvan-Lucas Boys Down St. John's-Tipton
GIRLS: St. John's-Tipton 47, Sylvan-Lucas 38
BOYS: Sylvan-Lucas 49, St. John's-Tipton 34
SYLVAN GROVE-Valden Dohl scored five of his 10 points inside a 30-second span during the fourth quarter as the eighth-ranked Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs pulled away from visiting St. John's-Tipton 49-34 in Northern Plains League action Friday evening at Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School. Earlier, the Lady Jays won the Girls game over #10 Sylvan-Lucas 47-38.
In the Girls game, St. John's-Tipton got off to a fast start and stormed out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Lady Mustangs fell behind 16-6 before a 5-0 run pulled Sylvan-Lucas to within 16-11. The two teams played even the rest of the quarter as St. John's-Tipton settled for a 27-19 halftime advantage.
Sylvan-Lucas closed to within 39-36 after the third quarter as Cadence Nondorf scored 11 of her game-high 14 points during the eight minute segment. In the fourth quarter however, shots would not fall for the Lady Mustangs (11-4, 7-2 NPL) as the Lady Jays were able to knock down some key field goals to secure the win. Paige Hollerich led St. John's-Tipton (12-1, 9-0 NPL) with 13 points while Lauren Dubbert added 11 points and Ella Wiles contributed 10 points off the bench as the Lady Jays won their tenth consecutive game and for all intents and purposes clinched the league title.
In the Boys contest, Sylvan-Lucas started fast as all five starters scored in the opening quarter to propel the Mustangs to an 18-8 lead. After the Blujays pulled a little closer in the second quarter, Sylvan-Lucas used another run which included a pair of three-pointers to go into intermission in front 30-18.
St. John's-Tipton made their move in the third quarter outscoring the Mustangs 11-5 to trail just 35-29 heading into the final eight minutes. In the fourth quarter, Sylvan-Lucas regained control of the game. Leading 38-31, Dohl scored on a layup off a pass from William Rhudolph and then after St. John's-Tipton turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, Dohl drilled a three-pointer about 15 seconds later to swell the lead to 44-31 and the Mustangs never looked back on their way to their sixth straight win.
Dohl and Jonah Huehl led Sylvan-Lucas (12-3, 8-1 NPL) with 10 points apiece while Dalton Schmitt and Luke Bates each tallied 10 points for St. John's-Tipton (8-6, 7-3 NPL). The Blujays were without their leading scorer Jaret Eitzman who missed the game due to illness.
Sylvan-Lucas will play their final home games of the 2020-21 season on Saturday when they host Osborne. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for February 16 but was postponed due to the extreme cold weather that hit West Central Kansas earlier this week. The Girls game will tip off at 3 p.m. with the Boys game scheduled to start around 4:30 p.m.