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Hoxie Wins Second Indian Battle

Hoxie won the second match-up between the two very good Northwest Kansas League teams. St. Francis had earned a close victory in the NWKL Tournament Championship game a few weeks earlier earning an advantage in the final moments of the contest. This time it was Hoxie that gained a late advantage and held on for a win. The home-standing Hoxie Indians defeated St. Francis 46-58 in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate. Hoxie also won the junior varsity contest 35-59.

The varsity game between the 13-1 Hoxie Indians and the 13-1 St. Francis Indians did not disappoint (other than the outcome if you were a St. Francis fan). Both teams played aggressively and made many outstanding plays during the contest. Brock Waters opened the contest with a driving score. Logan Weimer soon answered with a floater in the lane for Hoxie. The back-and-forth action would continue throughout the evening. St. Francis earned a lead of 6 points in the contest, and so did Hoxie. Neither team held an advantage greater than six points until the closing moments.

Hoxie gained a five point advantage (2-7) early in the contest after a left-corner trey by Weimer and a driving basket by Jarrod Dible (5' 11 sophomore). Two free-throws by Dalton Straub narrowed the margin, but a free-throw area jumper by Latham Schwartz re-established the 5-point advantage. A baseline score by Taylor Rogers, an offensive rebound score by Brock Waters, and two free-throws by Waters after a steal gave the Indians the lead (10-9) with 1:43 remaining in the first period. Tate Busse's steal-two on the next Hoxie possession gave the Indians their biggest lead thus far (12-9). A steal-three by Hoxie's Easton Slipke with one minute left in the first period closed the quarter at 12-all.

Latham Schwartz opened the second period with a baseline drive for Hoxie. An assist from Brock Waters set up a baseline jumper by Quinton Cravens in response. Hoxie eventually earned a five-point advantage (16-21) after an offensive rebound score by Sean Robben (6' 5" sophomore) and a deuce and trey by Slipke. Tate Busse's deep trey with about two minutes remaining in the first half closed the advantage to two. Dalton Straub followed with a free-throw, and the next deep trey by Busse gave St. Francis a two-point lead (23-21) with 52 seconds left. Another trey by Slipke in the closing moments returned the lead to Hoxie at halftime. St. Francis trailed 23-24 at the break.

The Indians returned to the floor determined to compete. On the first Hoxie possession, Brock Waters earned a steal-two. An assist by Tate Busse soon resulted in another Waters score. Busse's top-of-the-key trey gave the Indians a six-point lead (30-24). Hoxie called time-out at 4:55 to regroup. After the time-out, the Indians missed four consecutive free-throws while Slipke added a driving score for Hoxie. Quinton Cravens' steal-two offset a strong drive by Schwartz. The Indians regained their six-point advantage on a drive by Taylor Rogers late in the third period. With 33 seconds left, Slipke drained a deep-three from the left wing closing the margin to three (34-31). Busse added a driving score in the closing seconds to give the Indians a 36-31 advantage after three periods.

Hoxie's Logan Weimer opened the final period with a steal-two (plus-one). The Indians responded with two baskets by Brock Waters, both coming off assists by Jeremiah Neitzel from the post. (40-34). Hoxie soon erased the advantage, scoring the next three baskets; a trey by Weimer, a shot in the lane by Taylor Burris (5' 10" junior), and a floater in the lane by Schwartz. The outburst gave Hoxie the lead (40-41) with 5:05 remaining. The Indians regained the lead on the next possession on a shot in the lane by Waters (42-41). It would be the last lead the Indians would hold. With 3:40 left in the contest, Schwartz scored on an offensive rebound giving Hoxie the lead for good. At 2:36, Weimer scored on a fast-break. At 1:53, Slipke's left-corner trey increased the deficit to six (42-48). The Indians had two empty possessions while Hoxie had converted. Hoxie called time-out at 1:45 to discuss strategy. Moments later, Slipke scored again on press offense (42-50). With the advantage, Hoxie began to play Keep-away and the Indians were forced to foul. Hoxie sank 8 of 9 free-throws in the closing moments to seal the win. St. Francis lost to Hoxie 46-58 in an excellent game.

Hoxie had three players score in double figures. Logan Weimer (5' 9" sophomore) scored 13 while Latham Schwartz (5' 8" junior) added 12. The home-standing Indians were lead by Easton Slipke (5' 10" junior) with 25. Hoxie did not shoot a free-throw in the contest until the final quarter when they connected on 9 of 11. Hoxie made 7 treys in the contest.

St. Francis was led in scoring by Brock Waters and Tate Busse each with 16 points. Dalton Straub added 6, Taylor Rogers 4, and Quinton Cravens 4. The Indians were a dismal 6 of 14 from the stripe.

In junior varsity action, St. Francis scored the first basket of the contest on an assist by Brady Dinkel to K.C. Krien. The 2-0 advantage was the only lead the Indians would hold as Hoxie scored the next three baskets. An assist by Tayton Weeter set up a baseline jumper by Jake Faulkender moving the Indians within two (4-6) but Hoxie responded with additional scores. A basket on press offense by Jordan Raby (assist Krien) moved the Indians within three (8-11) but it was a close as the Indians would get. The Indians trailed 10-13 after one quarter of play after a basket by Krien (assist Dinkel).

The second period was not kind to the Indians. Hoxie outscored the Indians 18-3 during the period to lead 13-31 at halftime. K.C. Krien scored all of the Indians' points during the quarter.

The Indians fared better in the third period scoring 11 points, but Hoxie increased their lead scoring 13. The Indians trailed by twenty (24-44) after three quarters of action.

Four Indians scored in the fourth quarter; Jake Faulkender, Jordan Raby, Tatyon Weeter and Draven Houtman. St. Francis lost the junior varsity contest 35-59.

The Indians will play Triplains-Brewster on Tuesday, February 7, in St. Francis.

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