MORAN — Humboldt High’s strong defense, coupled with high-powered performances from Tanner McNutt and Noah Thornbrugh, proved to be more than enough for a win against Marmaton Valley High Tuesday night.
The Cubs held the Wildcats to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters, coming out on top 63-31.
“Our defense is where it needs to be,” Head Coach David Taylor said of his team’s performance. “We held them to only 11 points in the first half.”
The contest started close, with scores early from Wildcats’ Carlos Gonzales and Chance Stevenson. But their efforts were not unanswered from the other side of the court.
Thornbrugh dominated under the basket, powering through the Wildcat defense, while McNutt was hot from the outside. The fast-break points from the Cubs mounted up in the first two quarters. The teams went into the locker rooms at the half with the Cubs on top 28-11.
“I always say that the first three minutes of the second half are crucial, and we didn’t come out very well in the third,” Taylor said.
The Wildcats stayed within shouting distance, but still trailed 41-23 after the third period.
Humboldt kept the pedal down in the fourth quarter, oustcoring the Wildcats 22-8.
Thornbrugh led the victors with 19 points, many coming from the paint. McNutt followed with 17, along with Nathan Whitcomb with eight and Trey Johnson with six. Thornbrugh led in rebounding with 11 boards, McNutt led in steals with four.
As a team, the Cubs went 25 for 43 from the field for the night — 58 percent. Humboldt shot 10 for 15 from the line, 67 percent. They pulled down 22 rebounds, compared to Marmaton Valley’s 15.
The Wildcats hit 3 of 6 free throws.
Becker and Gonzales shared high-scoring honors for the Wildcats with seven points apiece. Becker dished out three assists, while Nathan Smart had two steals. Levi Ramsey and Lucas Hamlin pulled down four rebounds apiece.
Taylor said the the Cubs entered the Christmas break on a good note.
Humboldt (7-0) resumes action Jan. 8 at home against Fredonia.
“It was a good way to go into Christmas,” Taylor said. “It was fun to watch them play together on the same page.”
Marmaton Valley (1-5) hosts Crest Jan. 4.
Marmaton Valley (4-7-12-8—31)
Humboldt (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Vanatta 1-0-1-2, McNutt 4/2-3-2-17, H. Murrow 0-3-2-3, A. Murrow 2-0-0-4, Whitcomb 4-0-2-8, Sellman 1-0-0-2, D’Armond 1-0-1-2, Johnson 1/1-1-0-6, Thornbrugh 8-3-2-19. TOTALS: 22/3-10-10-63.
Marmaton Valley (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Smith 0/1-0-1-3, Genn 0-0-2-0, Stevenson 2-1-3-5, Becker 3-1-0-7, Gonzales 2/1-0-0-7, Ramsey 1-0-3-2, Hamlin 2-0-2-4, Smart 1-1-1-3. TOTALS: 11/2-3-12-31.
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