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Holton Hoops Get Second Sweep of Season at Sabetha
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

It was senior night for Sabetha and also a 20 year celebration of the 2004 Lady Bluejays state championship basketball team (24-2) on Friday night. However, it was Holton coming away with both wins, including a boys shocker that ended Sabetha's 27-game win streak in the Big 7 League.

GIRLS = Holton 45, Sabetha 28

Sabetha senior Alexia Hayden scored the first and only five points of the game in the first five minutes, before Holton answered with an 11-1 run to take the lead and never give it back. The Lady Wildcats posted a 12-4 second period, then leading 17-11 at halftime, scored another 17 points in the third stanza to win for the fifth time in their last seven games.

The Wildcats (8-11, 6-7) had four players score between 8 and 11 points with Brooke Willcott going 7 of 8 from the foul line to finish with 11 points. Elizabeth Schuster added 10 while Kaiya Taylor and Natalie Willcott both chipped in 8 points. Holton only had four turnovers in the second half, after the two teams combined for 24 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.  

Hayden led Sabetha (4-14, 3-10) with 12 points including two of the Bluejays five triples. Camryn Duryea and Leah Lukert banked in treys in the third quarter to pull Sabetha within 23-21 before Holton responded with an 11-0 run. Sabetha finished with more than 20 turnovers in falling for the seventh time in their last eight contest.

BOYS = Holton 51, Sabetha 49

With Sabetha having nine seniors on the roster for their final home game, they sit four of their normal starters and top performers for the first four minutes of the game. However, Holton held just a 5-2 advantage before the regular starters checked in for the Bluejays. The Wildcats responded with 11 straight points and held a 19-5 lead after the first period. Holton stayed hot in the second stanza growing the biggest lead to 30-10 and ended up with a 35-19 lead at halftime.  

Sabetha, to no surprise, put a charge together and got hot with three straight triples in the third quarter to pull within 44-41 entering the final frame. It stayed tight till the very end, but the Bluejays could never tie or take the lead. Holton led 51-49 after Bodie Dillon made one of two free throws with nine second remaining. The Wildcats had a foul to give and used it with five seconds left before the Bluejays quickly drove to the baseline and turned the ball over without getting a final shot attempt to end the game.

Holton sophomore Korben Fox was the story of the night hitting five treys and scoring 17 of his career high 22 points in the first half to give the Cats a big advantage. Holton hit nine trifecta's total including two each by Dillon and Kerrick Dedonder who combined for 21 points. The Wildcats have won three of their last four games and avenged a 26-point loss to Sabetha in January. 

Sabetha hit seven treys and had nine players score but had twice as many turnovers (16) as Holton. Marcus Bauman was the only Bluejay in double figures scoring 12 points while Will Ulrich added 9 and Christian McAfee scored 7. Sabetha had already secured their second straight Big 7 title and a #1 seed in 3A Sub-State. The Jays, who had won seven in a row, are now 16-3 overall and 12-1 in League play. 

Sabetha wraps up the regular season at Hiawatha on Tuesday while Holton will play at Perry Lecompton.  

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