Special to The Gardner News
Gardner-Edgerton upped their season record to 12-8 with a pair of home victories last week- in games that had two contrasting styles.
On Tuesday Feb. 21, the Blazers engaged in an old-fashioned shoot- out with Schlagle, winning a fast-paced 88-75 thriller.
Three nights later, GE put their defense on display, holding league foe Bishop Miege-a club that had defeated them earlier in the season-to just 34 points in a 44-34 victory.
Against Schlagle, the Blazers were white-hot from the outset, scoring 46 first half points, mostly behind the triumvirate of Kyle Huppe, Tanner Webb and Zach Hickman-all who would go for at least 20 points in the affair.
The Stallions were on fire as well, only trailing 46-36 at the break by using some impressive shooting from behind the arc. They clawed back even closer after three quarters, cutting the GE lead to 62-58 entering the final frame.
The Blazers were equal to the challenge in that fourth quarter, scoring 26 points on the way to a season-high 88 as they hung on for a scintillating 88-75 triumph.
Huppe had 28 points to lead the team with Webb adding 22 and Hickman 20. Matt Plank had eight, Trae Wrench had four, CJ Hall had four, Chip Kueffer had three and Dilon Dodson had two to round out the impressive 88-point effort.
Three nights later, GE ended their regular season by hosting Bishop Miege. The Blazers never trailed in gaining the hard-fought 44-34 league win.
Huppe and Webb had all of the squad’s points in the first period as they sprinted out to an 11-6 lead. After Miege trimmed the advantage to 11-9 early in the second quarter, Huppe hit a three to extend the lead to 14-9. The Stags clawed back to within one at 14-13 before Plank hit a long triple to put his team up 17-13 at the 4:51 mark. The Blazers would hold Miege to just one free throw the rest of the period as they went into intermission up 21-14.
The Stags started the third quarter on an 8-2 run to get to within one at 23-22 with 1:41 to play in the period. Huppe then stepped up, burying a guarded three and hitting another jumper to get the lead to six at 28-22 entering the final quarter.
Miege used a 7-2 run to trim that lead to 30-29 with 526 left in the contest. Hall gave the Blazers some breathing room by dropping in two charities before two steals by Wrench set up layups by Huppe and Webb to put GE up 35-29 with 4:11 to play. The Stags could get no closer than five the rest of the way as GE wrapped up a 44-34 win.
Huppe led the team in scoring with nineteen points. Webb had 13, Hall and Plank had three each, while Wrench, Hickman, and Dodson each had two in the win.
Next action for the team will be in the Leavenworth substate on March 1. The Blazers will travel to Olathe South-one of the top 6A programs in the state. Win that one and GE will play again on March 3 with a chance to get to the state tourney.
Blazers go 12-8 following home wins against Schlagel, Bishop Miege