Now: 24 °

Currently: Fair

Hi: 42 ° | Lo: 19 °

Eagles Stun Longhorns For Third Straight Win; Lady Eagles Fall in OT

Dan LuceroFebruary 22, 2021

Colby’s Eagles and Lady Eagles wrapped up their regular seasons on the hardwood in Holcomb on Monday night, in games that had previously been scheduled for December 15 but postponed due to travel concerns on that day.

Two outstanding games ensued, and while the Lady Eagles were unable to maintain their winning streak, the Colby boys earned perhaps their best win of the season to send themselves into sub-state play next week on a high note.

Holcomb’s girls withstood an Emma Curry buzzer-beater to tie the game at the end of regulation to defeat Colby 66-62 in overtime. The Eagle boys stifled the high-scoring Longhorns, holding them 22 points below their season average in a 41-35 triumph.

The girls game was quite a display of shooting both ways, with the two teams trading the lead throughout the night. There were 11 lead changes and nine ties in the game. Colby led 14-13 after one but Holcomb began to warm up from behind the arc and took a 30-28 lead into the locker room. Curry completely took over the game for the Lady Eagles in the second half, scoring all 11 of their third-quarter points and sparking a 10-0 run that gave them a 38-32 lead. Holcomb trimmed that advantage to 39-38 by the end of the third and took a 51-46 lead midway through the fourth on a 7-0 spurt. Colby tied the game at 53, but Jera Kruleski scored back to back buckets to nudge the Lady Longhorns back in front. Holcomb went just 1-4 from the line in the final seconds, leaving the door open for Colby down 56-53 with 2.7 seconds left. Out of a time-out, Kennedy Stanley flung the pass the length of the court for Curry, who caught it at the top of the key, turned, and drilled the three-pointer as time expired to send the game to overtime. In the OT, Holcomb would snap a 59-59 tie with a 6-0 run and did just enough from the free throw line to eke out the win and snap Colby’s three-game winning streak.

Curry ended up with a career-high 31 points, with 24 of those coming in the second half, to lead all scorers. Kennedy Stanley also posted a season-high with 17 points and Brooklyn Jones added 14 for Curry. Kruleski’s 26 led Holcomb in the win.

Hear the postgame comments from Lady Eagles head coach Tom Stephens:

In contrast to the lights-out long distance shooting from the opener, the boys game was a defensive grind from the start. Colby limited Holcomb to just one first-quarter field goal and a Peyton Wahlmeier three gave the Eagles a 9-2 lead after one. The Eagles led by as many as nine in the second frame, and while Holcomb got within a point on three separate occasions, they couldn’t nose in front. A late-quarter three from Ryan Myers gave Colby a 22-16 lead at the intermission. Holcomb cut that deficit in half by the end of the third quarter and got within two late in the third quarter, but back to back hoops from the Eagles pushed the lead back to six at 38-32. A late Holcomb three got them within three, but Jacob Wetter made two crucial free throws in the final seconds after being intentionally fouled, and the late-game possessions by the Longhorns produced nothing as Colby held on for their third straight victory.

Myers and Wahlmeier each scored 15 points to pace the Eagles. Zephyn Mason’s 21 points were tops for the Longhorns.

Hear the postgame comments from Eagles head coach Parker McKee:

Colby’s girls end their regular season with an 11-9 record and a 3-3 GWAC mark. Holcomb’s girls are now 5-14 with one game left, and they finish league play at 2-4. The Eagle boys conclude with a 9-11 record and go 4-2 in the GWAC. Holcomb’s boys dropped to 13-6 and finished GWAC play with a 4-2 mark.

First-round matchups for sub-state will be released Wednesday morning. Colby’s girls will play Monday, and the boys will play on Tuesday.

BOXSCORES

GIRLS

HOLCOMB 66, COLBY 62 (OT)

Colby           14 — 14 — 11 — 17 —   6 —- 62
Holcomb     13 — 17 —  8 — 16 — 10 —- 66

Colby (11-9, 3-3) — Barnett 0 0-0 0; Dodson 0 0-0 0; Jones 6 1-2 14; Finley 0 0-0 0; Wright 0 0-0 0; Carmichael 0 0-0 0; Stanley 7 0-3 17; Curry 11 4-6 31. Totals: 24 5-11 62.

Holcomb (5-14, 2-4) — Kruleski 8 3-4 26; Rodriguez 3 3-5 9; McVey 0 0-0 0; Jones 0 0-0 0; Blackburn 2 0-1 6; Holliday 3 0-0 9; Ruda 6 4-6 16. Totals: 22 10-18 66.

3-point goals — Colby 9 (Jones, Stanley 3, Curry 5); Holcomb 11 (Kruleski 6, Blackburn 2, Holliday 3). Total fouls — Colby 18, Holcomb 11. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Colby: Dodson, Curry.

BOYS

COLBY 41, HOLCOMB 35

Colby            9 — 13 — 6 — 13 —- 41
Holcomb     2 — 14 — 9 — 10 —- 35

Colby (9-11, 4-2) — Vaughn 2 1-2 6; Wetter 0 3-4 3; Puckett 0 0-0 0; R. Myers 7 0-0 15; B. Myers 0 0-0 0; Wahlmeier 7 0-0 15; Rush 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 4-6 41.

Holcomb (13-6, 4-2) — Sizemore 0 2-2 2; Mesa 1 0-2 2; Mason 7 2-2 21; Van Pelt 2 0-0 6; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Autry 1 2-2 4; Tichenor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 6-8 35.

3-point goals — Colby 3 (Vaughn, R. Myers, Wahlmeier); Holcomb 7 (Mason 5, Van Pelt 2). Total fouls — Colby 11, Holcomb 8. Technical fouls — none. Total fouls — none.

COMMENTS

STAY IN TOUCH!

GET OUR APP!

LATEST POSTS

U.S. Navy Aviation Boatsw...
January 21, 2021Comments
Roxy Yonkey – Midwe...
December 23, 2020Comments
GRMC HEALTH TALK: Amy Dov...
December 22, 2020Comments
Latest on the Flu Vaccine...
December 14, 2020Comments

LATEST TWEETS

Read all tweets
© 2007 - 2021 - EEO  - KRDQ  - KXXX  - KLOE  - KKCI  - KWGB