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Holton Wins Final Big 7 Games With Sweep at Perry and Buzzer Beater Boys Win
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

It was the final night of the regular season and last games as members of the Big 7 League on Friday night. Holton came away with two victories at Perry Lecompton as both Wildcat teams take huge momentum into sub state next week.  

GIRLS = Holton 34, Perry Lecompton 25

It was another slow start and low scoring first half with boys teams totaling only 12 points in the first half. Holton was down 14-16 in the third period before scoring 12 straight points to take a 26-16 lead and never look back. The run was sparked by the only two Wildcat treys of the night with Kaiya Taylor and Tinley Wilson knocking down triples. However, Holton won the game with inside play as forwards Elizabeth Schuster scored 16 points, including 8 of 8 from the foul line, and Lora Larison was huge off the bench with a career high 10 points. 

Holton was playing without Brooke Willcott and battled foul trouble, but was able to win for the fourth time in their last five games. After starting the season 3-9, the Cats are 6-3 in their last nine games with those three losses by two points to Nemaha and Riverside and one point against Chapman. Holton started the year 1-5 in Big 7 play but finished 7-7 and 9-11 overall. 

Perry Lecompton lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games and ends the season 6-14 and 3-11 in League play. The Kaws had 18 turnovers and although seven total players scored, their leaders Taylor Damme and Katie Bartlett were held to just six points each on senior night. 

BOYS = Holton 43, Perry Lecompton 41

Despite missing four free throws in the final 1:20 of the game and then giving up a breakaway wide-open layup with 4.3 second left to Perry Lecompton and falling behind 41-40, Brayden Peek banked in a top of the key trey as time expired to give Holton the win. The Wildcats trailed 25-16 in the third quarter beefore an 11-2 run to tie the score at 27. They also fell behind seven points in the fourth quarter before rallying with a 15-8 spurt to close the game.

Perry Lecompton scored 10 straight points to take an early 13-6 advantage before Holton answered with 8 straight to go ahead 14-13. The Kaws led 23-16 at halftime and 33-28 entering the fourth period. 

Holton hit 10 three-pointers on the night including three in the first frame by Korben Fox who followed up with career high 22 points night in Friday's road win at Sabetha with 14 at Perry on Tuesday. Peek ended up with 12 points including the game winner while Bodie Dillon chipped in 9 points as Holton played with starter Kerrick Dedonder. 

Holton has won three straight and four of the last five and finished 7-7 (fourth) in the Big 7 while beating every league team at least once except Nemaha Central. That, after the Wildcats started the season 3-9 overall and were picked to finish last in the league with no returning starters and hardly any varsity experience. Holton is now 8-12 heading to sub state following road wins against the top two Big 7 teams. 

Perry Lecompton ends the year 13-7 (10-4 in Big 7) with a loss for the fourth time in their last five games, after starting the season 12-3. Ronnie Baker led the Kaws with 18 points while Koltyn Kaniper added 10. Perry was just 2-2 at the foul line and only had six turnovers on the night, but missed all their triples in the second half after making five in the first two frames.     

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