Bluejays come up short against Hiawatha

With the New Year underway, it was time for the Bluejays to resume the rest of their season when they traveled to Hiawatha on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Red Hawks entered the contest 0-3 in the Big Seven with losses to Royal Valley, Nemaha Central, and Perry; with Sabetha coming in with a 1-2 mark in the league.

Sabetha’s “Bigs” — which include Drew Schmelzle, Kaleb Grimm and Kaleb Evans — got in a little foul trouble early in the contest and that encouraged Coach Burger to go to his bench.

“I was very pleased with our bench,” said Head Coach Scott Burger. “They came in and responded to the call when we were in foul trouble early, which made us change our normal rotation. Those that came in gave us a lift and kept it close.”

The Jays would take a 4-1 lead early in the first quarter only to have the Red Hawks tie the game and take the lead halfway through the frame. Hiawatha led 13-9 at the end of the first, with Braden Argabright accounting for 6 of his team’s points, followed by Gabe Garber with 2 and Jordan Gatz with a free throw.

The two teams would trade punches in the second frame, too, with the Red Hawks edging out the Jays 17-16 — giving them a 30-25 advantage at the half. Garber poured in 8 points in the period followed by Argabright with 4, and Cooper Bradbury and Darrin Funk chipping in a bucket apiece.

“The third quarter was the key,” Coach Burger said. “Hiawatha got hot, and we didn’t do a good job of moving our feet on defense.”

Hiawatha put up 24 points in third quarter to Sabetha’s 10 points. Garber and Grimm had 4 points each, with Argabright adding 2 points in the effort. But turnovers against a pesky Red Hawk defense, as well as a lack of second chance opportunities, kept the Jays on their heels.

Hiawatha held a 54-35 advantage headed into the final stanza and edged out their guests 19 to 18 in the waning 8 minutes. The Red Hawks would coast to the victory over Sabetha to pick up their first Big Seven victory by a score of 73-53 over Sabetha.

“We’ll need to work on several defensive principles and not allow teams to break us down in the half-court setting,” Coach Burger said.

With the loss, the Jays fall to 1-4 in the Big Seven and 2-4 overall. Sabetha was slated to host the league leader, 5-0 Royal Valley Panthers on Jan. 10, but inclement weather forced a postponement. They will host the 4-2 Nemaha Central Thunder – whose losses came by way of Royal Valley and Perry – on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

1.7.2019 @ Hiawatha ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Gabe Garber

16

6-10

0-5

4-7

8

10

6

5

0

Braden Argabright

23

9-16

1-11

2-2

4

1

0

0

1

Kaleb Grimm

7

3-4

0-0

1-5

8

0

2

3

4

Cooper Bradbury

2

1-3

0-2

0-0

3

0

2

1

1

Kaleb Evans

2

1-3

0-0

0-1

3

1

0

4

4

Jordan Gatz

1

0-0

0-1

1-2

4

0

0

0

1

Braden Menold

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

0

1

1

1

0

Drew Schmelzle

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

3

Darrin Funk

2

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

21-37 | 1-20 | 8-17 | 31 | 14 | 11 | 14 | 14 | 53

Opponent Totals

26-44 | 3-9 | 12-16 | 30 | 12 | 7 | 6 | 17 | 73

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