Lancers, Indian girls net big wins

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Right in the middle of four St. Paul High defenders, Crest High’s Zach Stinnett (12) takes the basketball to the hoop for two points late in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game at Colony. The top-ranked and undefeated Lancers cruised to a 64-11 win over St. Paul in Three Rivers League play.
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Crest High’s Amanda Strickler (12) blocks a shot by St. Paul High’s Allison O’Brien (34) in the first half of Tuesday’s game. Crest teammates Tana Schooler (32) and Kerry Stoneking (21) also are defending on the play. St. Paul overpowered Crest 64-21 at Colony.

COLONY — Top-ranked Crest High’s Lancers steamrolled visiting St. Paul High’s Indians 64-11 Tuesday night.
St. Paul High’s girls did the same to Crest High’s Lady Lancers in a 64-21 contest.
Both the Lancers and the Indian girls have wrapped up the Three Rivers League championships. Each has a 6-0 mark with one regular season contest left this week.
“They’re very athletic,” said Brent Smith, Crest High girls head coach, following the Lady Lancer game.
The Lady Lancers fell to 3-3 in TRL play and 7-12 overall.
St. Paul’s girls (16-3) led 5-0 before Kerry Stoneking scored for Crest. The Lady Lancers were held scoreless for the next six minutes to trail 24-2 at the end of the quarter.
The Indian girls rattled off six more points to open the second period. Becca Honn got a steal and scored for Crest with 5:05 left.
The Lancers got four free throws from Stoneking and two from Ashley Catt in the last three minutes of play. St. Paul had a 42-10 halftime advantage.
St. Paul had a 12-2 scoring edge in the third quarter. Under a running clock in the fourth period, St. Paul outscored Crest 10-9.
Stoneking led the Lady Lancers with eight points. B. Honn added five. Crest was 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Hilary Beachner led St. Paul with 17 points. Madi Borum tossed in 14 points. The Indian girls were 9 of 14 at the line.

THE BOYS game went much the same way as undefeated Crest had little trouble with St. Paul. The Lancers (19-0) bounced out to an 8-0 lead.
St. Paul’s Luke Schibi hit a three-pointer from out front. It was the only points the Indians had for three full quarters of play.
“I have been very pleased how our kids have really come out and attacked the basket this season. In a game in which you know you overmatch the other team, it would be easy not to play with good intensity,” said Travis Hermreck, Lancer head coach coach.
“But our guys have used our defense to generate a lot of offense this season.”
After Todd Johnston drilled a three-pointer with 58 seconds left in the first quarter, Brandon Newton stole the basketball, passed it down court to Johnston, who scored, was fouled and hit the free throw.
Crest was up big, 24-3, at the close of the first period.
Dakota Milner hit an outside shot and Brandon Newton had back-to-back steals for layups to push the lead to 32-3.
Zach Stinnett had the final six points of the half, increasing the Lancer lead to 43-3.
“I was happy with the intensity our kids played with and they continue to play unselfish basketball,” Hermreck said.
Rotating in younger players off the bench, Crest out-scored St. Paul 7-0 in the third quarter. Under the running clock in the fourth quarter, the Lancers had a 14-8 edge.
Johnston paced the Lan-cers with 16 points, followed by Brandon Newton with 14. Stinnett finished with 11 points.
Crest hit 8 of 12 free throws.
The Lancers had 11 players score in the contest.
St. Paul got four points from Brett Hutcherson. The Indians were 1 of 4 from the line.
Crest won the boys junior varsity game 45-39. Dexter Wiley scored 18 points and Jayden Bowen tossed in 17 points.
Crest High’s teams host Uniontown in the regular season final doubleheader Friday.
It will be senior night for the Lancer squads.
The Crest and St. Paul teams await seedings and pairings for class 1A regional tournament play, which will be released today.
Southern Coffey County High will host the 1A re-gional with semifinal games and the finals to be played at Allen County Community College in Iola. The girls semifinals will be Feb. 26 and the boys semifinals are Feb. 27.
The regional finals are at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at ACCC.
The top two teams — girls and boys — from each regional advance into substate play March 5-7.
Crest’s boys have the top-seed locked up, as do the SCCH girls.
Schools in the regional are Crest, Southern Coffey County, St. Paul, Altoona-Midway, Chetopa and Elk Valley.
Crest girls (2-8-2-9—21) (FG/3-pt): Catt 0-2-0-2, A. Strickler 1-0-1-2, Stoneking 2-4-1-8, M. Honn 0-0-2-0, Louk 1-0-0-2, Golden 0-2-0-2, Schooler 0-0-2-0, B. Honn 1/1-0-1-5, Beecher 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 5/1-8-9-21.
St. Paul girls (24-18-12-10—64) (FG/3-pt): Tuck 2-0-2-4, K. Borum 1-1-4-3, Stein 0/3-0-0-9, Harmon 1-1-3-3, H. Beachner 6/1-2-2-17, M. Borum 5-4-0-14, Westhoff 1/1-0-2-5, B. Beachner 0-0-1-0, O’Brien 4-1-0-9. TOTALS: 20/5-9-14-64.
Crest boys (24-19-7-14—64) (FG/3-pt): Wiley 1-0-1-2, Stinnett 4-3-2-11, Milner 1-0-2-2, Bran. Newton 7-0-0-14, Brallier 1-0-1-2, Johnston 5/1-3-1-16, Decker 0/1-0-0-3, Bowen 1-0-0-2, Bry. Newton 3-0-0-6, Stoneking 2-1-0-5, Buck 0-1-2-1. TOTALS: 25/2-8-9-64.
St. Paul boys (3-0-0-8—11) (FG/3-pt): Carter 1-0-0-2, Hutcherson 0/1-1-0-4, D. Smith 0-0-1-0, Corn 1-0-0-2, Alexander 0-0-3-0, Schibi 0/1-0-1-3. TOTALS: 2/3-1-5-11.