Hite’s six free throws pull Plainsmen past Cambridge 45-31 in home game
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Plainsmen guard Quinton Hite cranked in six consecutive fourth quarter free throws to preserve a 45-31 win over Cambridge Friday night in Grant. Hite’s 16 points topped every player; the senior succeeded on both ends of “one-and-ones” to convert stolen passes into points that poisoned the Trojans’ perseverance.
Senior big man Blake Poppe spun in a couple of layups and Caleb Breazeale struck from beyond the arc to grow Perkins County’s lead from two points to 37-29 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Cambridge’s Zane Peterson had popped in a screen-roll lob to make it appear as if the Trojans had a surprise attack for Perkins County.
Plainsmen forward Colton White’s soft, short jumper and power push to the basket fended off a vigorous Cambridge run in the third quarter. White got a sweet roll off the rim on one shot, countering Zane Peterson’s finger-roll layup and Jake Witte’s “three” that had pulled the visiting Trojans to within two points of the lead at 27-25.
Poppe put away two inlet passes and Elliot Carlson motored in a breakaway layup for the Plainsmen in the second quarter. Tight Perkins County defense influenced a few Trojans turnovers related to sloppy ball handling
Taylor Kubik counted a hook as well as a give-and-go and Weston Rich reached from “downtown” as Cambridge quickly cut the Plainsmen’s second quarter lead to 17-14.
The Trojans’ scoring output shut off from then until the third quarter, though.
Hite rung up two three pointers from the right arc and eased into a 12-footer from the left baseline to carry the Plainsmen in the first quarter. Cambridge’s Peterson scored five of his nine points on the night in the first, pumping in two shots from right under the basket.
The 11-9 Plainsmen have now won eight of their last 10 games and tipped off against the 5-11 Creek Valley Storm on Tuesday (coverage in next issue) and conclude their home schedule against 8-10 Hayes Center tonight (Thursday). Creek Valley had lost nine of its last 10 and five games in a row.
Cambridge 34, P.C. 45
Cambridge 7 7 12 8—34
Perkins Co. 13 8 8 16—45
Scoring leaders–Perkins County: Hite 2FG (2[x3]) 6/8FT–16; Poppe 6 1/2–13; Carlson 2 1/2–5; Cambridge Peterson 4 1/2–9; Kubik 3 2/2–8; Rich 2 (1) 1/4–8; Witte 1 (1) 1/2–6.