Wildcat boys take third, Lancers finish fifth,
Eagles are seventh

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

YATES CENTER — Crest High’s Lancers took care of business Saturday afternoon.
The Lancers rolled to a 64-24 win over West Elk High’s Patriots. The win came in the fifth-place game of the 2009 Yates Center High Wildcat Winter Classic.
Crest did not score a point in the fourth quarter. The Lancers led 64-14 after three periods.
Erie High’s Red Devils captured the championship of the seventh annual Wildcat Winter Classic in a devil of a game. The Red Devils outlasted the Blue Devils of Sedan High 68-61.
Yates Center High’s Wildcats edged out Cherryvale High’s Chargers 52-50 for third place. The Wildcats wiped out a 17-point deficit to win on a final shot.
Uniontown High’s Eagles controlled things in the seventh-place contest. The Eagles downed the Altoona-Midway High Jets 58-20.
Crest shot 48 percent, 23 of 48, from the field and limited West Elk to just 17 percent, 8-46. The Lancers had a 35 to 25 rebounding advantage.
Kyle Hammond had the hot hand for the Lancers with 29 points, which included four three-pointers. Bryan Newton added 15 points plus pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out five assists.
Dakota Ramsey had eight rebounds for the Lancers. Dexter Wiley was credited with six steals.
West Elk was led by Ty Roebuck and Levi Smith with seven points apiece.
Yates Center faced a 31-17 halftime deficit and was down by as many as 17 points in the third quarter.
“They (Cherryvale) were beating us down low with the Booe kid. Donald Bennett shut down their inside game with solid defense in the third quarter and all the kids picked up their defensive play,” said Jason Weilert, Yates Center head coach.
“Then our shots started to fall and the momentum shifted. We were doing things right even when our shots weren’t going in. We started to build our team identity Saturday night.”
With 12 seconds left, Jacob Morrison sank one of two free throws to tie the game at 50-all. Playing strong defense, Dylan Sicka swiped the basketball from the Chargers.
On the fastbreak, Sicka made the pass ahead to Morrison for the layup with seconds left. Morrison ended up with 15 points. Sicka added 14 and Dalton Smith tossed in 13 points.
Cherryvale was led by Micah Booe with 18 points. Doncouse added 16.
Uniontown had little trouble with Altoona-Midway. The Eagles led 37-4 at halftime.
“Our kids came out and played with a lot of intensity on the defensive end in the first half,” said Nathan Hinrichs, Eagle head coach. “We are still looking for a complete game.”
Zach Travis scored 16 points for Uniontown. Ben Dixon fired in 13 points.
Tonight, Crest (4-1) travels to Melvern to play Marais Des Cgynes Valley High concluding its first semester play.
Tuesday, Yates Center goes to Neodesha and Uniontown hosts St. Paul.
Crest (16-27-21-0—64) (FG/3-pt): Boone 0-0-1-0, Wiley 2-0-1-4, Stinnett 2-1-5-5, Hammond 6/4-5-3-29, Bowen 0-1-1-1, Newton 5/1-2-0-15, Stoneking 3-2-2-8, Vencel 0-0-1-0, Ramsey 0-2-1-2. TOTALS: 18/5-13-15-64.
West Elk (4-8-2-10—24) (FG/3-pt): Roebuck 1/1-2-1-7, Linder 1-1-1-3, Mcgee 1-0-1-2, Miller 0/1-0-2-3, Wade 0-0-1-0, Lear 0-0-1-0, Juaire 1-0-1-2, Smith 2-3-2-7, Koch 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 6/-6-11-24.
Yates Center (7-10-14-21—52) (FG/3-pt): George 1-0-2-2, Sicka 6-2-2-14, Bennett 3-1-1-7, Morrison 6-3-1-15, Knoblock 0-1-5-1, Smith 3/2-1-4-13. TOTALS: 19/2-8-15-52.
Cherryvale (12-19-10-9—50) (FG/3-pt): Calkins 0-0-2-, Lopez 0-3-2-3, Allison 0/1-0-2-3, Blake 1-0-5-2, Blaes 2-2-1-6, Booe 8-2-2-18, Hammer 0-0-1-0, Doncouse 6-4-3-16, Tuggle 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 18/1-11-20-50.
Uniontown (18-19-13-8—58): Travis 16, Wiley 2, Dixon 13, Mills 3, Labbe 5, Esslinger 3, Johnson 7, Robinson 9.
Altoona-Midway (2-2-14-2—20): Meeds 6, Damron-Smith 6, Engelman 1, Howard 5, DeNoon 2.