Schlagle holds off Wyandotte comeback, wins 72-63

Schlagle senior Ty Gilmore scored on a slam dunk in Tuesday’s game at Wyandotte. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Schlagle Stallions held off an impressive fourth-quarter comeback from the Wyandotte Bulldogs to hold on to a 72-63 win on Tuesday night at Wyandotte.

With Bulldogs star player Diamond Hines riding the bench, Schlagle dominated the first half with trapping pressure defense that caused several turnovers. The Stallions matched their effective defense with inside scoring from Brian Parker and Jaylin Richardson to take an 18-9 first-quarter lead.

Schlagle continued their showing in the second half, mixing in three-point baskets from Syi Sipple and Kendall Brewer and extending their advantage to 42-22 at halftime.

After the half, Hines came off the bench and brought some life to the Bulldogs’ offense, hitting a three-pointer right away and scoring 10 points in the third quarter. The Bulldogs stopped their slide, but still finished the quarter down 58-36.

In the fourth quarter, Hines and the Bulldogs found another gear. Down by 26 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Bulldogs scored 27 overall, include 4 three-pointers by Hines, to pull within 5 points with one minute on the clock. Schlagle hit 5 of 9 free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.

Parker led the Stallions with 26 points for the game. Richardson scored 16, and Ty Gilmore contributed 12. For the Bulldogs, Hines led with 28 points, all in the second half. Torry Moore scored 10 and provided some veteran leadership to hold the team together as they struggled in the first half.

Schlagle’s win takes the Stallions’ season record to 2-0 in the Kansas City – Atchison League (2-2 overall). The team will play next on Jan. 11 at home against Atchison. The Bulldogs will play on Jan. 8 at home against Harmon. Schlagle and Wyandotte will face each other again at Schlagle on Feb. 5.

Wyandotte junior Diamond Hines (3) was cut off from the basket but passed across the lane to a teammate. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Schlagle senior Brian Parker (21) put up a layup in the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Schlagle junior Syi Sipple (20) took a short range jumper in the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Wyandotte band kept the fieldhouse atmosphere loud and rocking. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Wyandotte cheerleaders performed stunts before the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Wyandotte junior Torry Moore (5) scored on a finger roll in the lane. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Wyandotte junior Adarius Hooks (22) drove the ball against Schlagle senior Jaylin Richardson (32). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Wyandotte Diamond Dancers performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Wyandotte cheerleaders reacted to the Bulldogs’ fourth quarter comeback. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Wyandotte junior Diamond Hines (3) drove the lane in the second half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

 

Piper comes from behind, beats Louisburg 57-44

Senior Brandon Jackson (21) put up a shot near the goal in the second half of Friday’s game against Louisburg. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper Pirates came back from a halftime deficit to beat the Louisburg Wildcats 57-44 on Friday night in Piper.

Piper got down early, giving the Wildcats early 5-0 and 7-2 leads. Piper couldn’t get its inside shots to fall, and didn’t stop the inside penetration by the Louisburg offense. Piper trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 25-23 at halftime.

Piper came out of the break with a renewed intensity on the defensive end. Four consecutive stops let them score the first 9 points, including breakaway dunks by Braijon Barnes and Brandon Jackson.

Louisburg made a run to pull with one early in the fourth quarter, but the Pirate defense clamped down again, and pulled away late for the 13-point winning margin.

Jackson led the team with 16 points, and Gabe Eskina contributed 12 points, seeing extensive minutes off the bench. Kohl Vogel of Louisburg scored 17 for the visitors, showing some great moves around the basket.

Piper advanced to 2-0 in the Frontier League (5-1 overall). They’ll play next on Monday, Dec. 17, at Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka.

Junior Gabe Eskina (24) took a short jump shot in the lane. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sophomore Tamar Bates (2) set up the perimeter defense. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Brandon Jackson broke away for a dunk in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Participants in the Piper Winter Dance Clinic performed with the dance team at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Participants in the Piper Winter Dance Clinic performed with the dance team at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Jackson went up over the Louisburg defense for a second half shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Tamar Bates drove the lane to put up a shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Senior Braijon Barnes (4) blocked a shot in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Piper cheerleaders fired up the noisy home crowd. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Lady Pirates swarm Louisburg 66-17

Senior Ryan Cobbins was honored during the game for reaching 1,000 career points for the Piper Lady Pirates. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper girls basketball team continued their unbeaten start to the 2018-19 season with a dominant 66-17 win over the Louisburg Lady Wildcats.

Piper controlled the game from the opening tip, using strong backcourt pressure to limit Louisburg’s shot opportunities, and getting reliable inside scoring from Ryan Cobbins and LaKya Leslie.

Piper held a 35-6 halftime advantage, and coach Shane Stout used the second half to get plenty of playing time for his reserves.

Play was briefly stopped in the first quarter to recognize senior Ryan Cobbins, as she passed the 1,000 career point mark, only the 3rd Lady Pirate to reach that goal.

Cobbins led the team with 19 points. Junior transfer Ayreona Carter contributed 13 points off the bench.

Piper advanced to 3-0 in the Frontier League (6-0 overall). They’ll play next on Monday, Dec. 17, at Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka.

Senior LaKya Leslie (24) won the tip-off against Louisburg. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Banes looked for an open teammate on the right wing. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Junior Ali Vigil (25) drove the ball against the Louisburg defense. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sophomore guard Evelyn Vazquez (3) led the Pirates on a fast break. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Junior Ayreona Carter (32) lined up a free throw late in the second half. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Freshman guard Saniya Simmons (1) passed the ball to a teammate running the lane. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sophomore Jessica Thomas (21) took a shot in the second half. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Cobbins took a jump shot near the free throw line. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

 

Junior Grace Banes (15) took a jump shot in the first half. (Copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)