Lady Cubs head to substate title game

Owens sets HHS career scoring mark

By Register Staff

Register File Photo/Jocelyn Sheets
Humboldt High senior Kelci Owens (14) became the HHS leading career scorer. Humboldt beat Oswego 46-44 at Arma Friday in a 2A substate tournament semifinal.

ARMA — Things weren’t looking good for Humboldt High’s girls.
Their offense had stalled, and Oswego High had forged to an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
But the momentum in Friday’s semifinal of the Class 2A substate tournament took a turn in the Lady Cubs’ favor when Megan Dillow was fouled while driving for a layup. The officials ruled the foul intentional.
Dillow drained both free throws, and Humboldt scored again on its subsequent possession to cut the lead in half.
Humboldt later knotted the score when Oswego was whistled for a technical foul.
Kelci Owens, who set a new Lady Cub career scoring standard in the game, hit one of two free throws, and Humboldt again scored on the following possession for a three-point lead.
The Lady Cubs held on from there, hitting 15 of 25 free throws in the second half to eke out a 46-44 win.
“The intentional foul seemed to light a fire,” Humboldt head coach Jeff Wilkerson said. “We started playing a lot better after that.”
The victory sets up a berth in tonight’s substate championship. Humboldt (14-8) takes on top-seeded Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan at 6 o’clock in the Northeast High gymnasium.
Northeast is serving as the host school. Colgan defeated Uniontown 55-22 in the other semifinal contest.
In Colgan, Wilkerson knows he’s faced with a tough, smart opponent.
“They’re good and they don’t make mistakes,” he said. “It should be a good ball game.”
A year ago at Humboldt, Colgan defeated the Lady Cubs 64-48 in the substate title game. On the line is a berth in next week’s Kansas Class 2A State Basketball tournament in Manhattan
Humboldt won Friday, despite connecting on only three field goals in the second half. The rest of the scoring came from the free throw line.
“We didn’t play that well offensively, but we did a good job of driving the ball and dumping off to Callie (Umholtz)”, Wilkerson said.
Umholtz led Humboldt with a game-high 16 points.
Owens added 15 points, enough to give her Humboldt’s career scoring mark of 1,061 points (and counting). Owens eclipsed the mark of 1,060 points, set by the former Julie Wood.
Wilkerson said the play of Lenzie Boring, who fouled out after scoring five points, was a misleading statistic.
“She picked up her fourth foul three minutes into the second half,” Wilkerson said, “and she still played almost the entire game. The girls are smart about fouls. They know with our short bench that we can’t afford to be losing players.”
Oswego led 12-8 after one period. Humboldt crept to within one, 21-20, at the break. Oswego led 34-27 after three quarters before Humboldt closed the game with a 19-10 fourth-quarter run.
Kali Kitterman led Oswego with 11 points. Shelby Johnston added nine.
Humboldt (8-12-7-19—46) (FG/3-pt): Green 0-1-3-1, Owens 4-7-2-15, Dillow 1-7-4-9, Wells 0-0-1-0, Boring 0/1-2-5-5, Umholtz 5-6-3-16. TOTALS: 10/1-23-18-46.
Oswego (12-9-13-10—44) (FG/3-pt): Kitterman 4-3-3-11, Nesbitt 3-1-4-7, Johnston 2/1-2-5-9, Trotnic 1-2-4-4, Walker 1-1-3-3, Ward 2-4-5-8, Bates 1-0-4-2. TOTALS: 14/1-13-28-44.