SHAWNEE—The Asher basketball teams opened play in the Pottawatomie County Tournament Tuesday night, and came out with a split decision. The Indians toppled the Earlsboro Wildcats 58-49 right after the Lady Indians were dropped 59-52, by the Wellston Lady Tigers.
Patch Hamilton was the story for the Indians. The junior forward had his way with the Wildcats, scoring 28 points.
The contest was close, throughout. Asher captured a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, with Hamilton scoring eight of the dozen and Earlsboro hit two treys in the opening frame to keep it tight. Eryn Johnson and Micah Anderson each hit one fort the Wildcats.
Earlsboro trimmed the lead in the second quarter, trailing just 22-21. They hit three more treys in that quarter, including another by Anderson and Elijah Maher and Chance Bohannon joining the three-point party.
The third quarter belonged to Asher. The Indians outscored Earlsboro 18-12 to take a 40-33 lead into the final quarter.
The Indians held off the Wildcats in the fourth on the strength of their free throw shooting. Asher hit 10-of-13 from the line to advance into Thursday night’s semifinals.
Hamilton was joined in double figures by Trevor Martin. Martin netted 10. Mike McDonald and Juston Melton each scored seven for Asher.
Maher led Earlsboro in scoring with 12 points. All of his points came on four treys. Anderson scored 10 and Chance Bohannon finished with nine.
Asher will face Davenport, Thursday night at 5:20 pm while the Wildcats will play Macomb on Friday night at 5:20 pm.
In the girls game, Wellston took control of things early but had to survive a late rally by the Lady Indians. The Lady Tigers led 17-8 after the first quarter and extended the margin to 29-17 at the half.
Wellston’s Cierra Johnson and Lacey Humphrey gave the Lady Indians trouble, on the offensive end. The two combined for all 17 of the first quarter points and all but five of the 29 first half points. Johnson finished with a game-high 29 points and Humphrey finished with 15.
Asher began chipping away in the third quarter, cutting the margin to 40-35. Kat Dixson hit two three-pointers in the quarter to help spark the lady Indians.
The fourth quarter got real tight and Dixson provided the spark again. She hit another trey at the 3:40 mark and after a Wellston turnover hit a short jumper with 3:16 left to trim the margin to 46-43.
That was as close as they would get, as the Lady Tigers iced the game from the charity stripe. They hit 11-of-14 freebies in the final three minutes of play.
Bailey Larman led Asher in scoring with 15 and Dixson finished with 13 points. Sarah Fleming added 12 for the Lady Indians.
Wellston advances into Thursday’s semifinal against Davenport at 4:00 pm. Asher will face the North Rock Creek Lady Cougars, Friday night at 6:40 pm in consolation play.
*All Pott. County Tournament is being played at North Rock Creek School.