Cubs net TVL victory

NEODESHA — Humboldt High’s boys may have found the right mix of ingredients — a dash of senior leadership, a heaping helping of interior size and a boatload of intensity — to return to the upper echelon of the Tri-Valley League.
The Cubs, off the heels of a 2-19 season, opened the 2009-10 campaign with a 47-29 thumping of host Neodesha High Friday.
The victory puts Humboldt at 1-0 as they prepare to travel to Marmaton Valley next week for a weeklong tournament.
“I was very pleased with how we played,” Cub head coach David Taylor said. “Rebounding killed us last year, and we’ve worked hard on defense and rebounding this year.”
The Cubs blitzed Neodesha from the start, leading 12-5 after one period and 23-10 at halftime.
“We had a little lull in the third quarter, when we didn’t get the ball inside like we should have,” Taylor said. “We became complacent and started settling for 15-foot jumpers.”
That changed in the fourth quarter, after the Bluestreaks had cut the Humboldt lead to eight, 30-22.
The Cubs went back inside to senior Tevin Strack and freshman Noah Thornbrugh. Strack scored a game-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Thornbrugh, meanwhile, registered a double-double in his high school debut with 14 points and 13 boards.
“We really moved the ball well on offense and limited our turnovers,” Taylor said. “And the best part is there’s room for improvement. We can get better.”
Chris Coronado chipped in with eight points for the Cubs.
Neodesha took the junior varsity contest 46-16. Trey Johnson led the Cubs with nine points.

Humboldt (12-11-7-17—47): McCall 1-0-4-2, Boring 0-0-1-0, Strack 7-5-4-19, Gean 2-0-1-4, Thornbrugh 5-4-3-14, Coronado 4-0-3-8. TOTALS: 19-9-16-47.
Neodesha (5-5-12-7—29) (FG/3pt): Lopez 0-2-3-2, Huckabee 0/2-0-3-6, Pruter 2-1-1-5, Hawkins 2-0-1-4, Schurle 1-2-3-4, Roth 0-2-4-2, Knickerbacker 3-0-1-6, Scott 0-0-1-0, Johnson 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 8/2-7-19-29.