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BASKETBALL: Alex's Hurley, Am-Po's Guthrie lead teams to third-place finishes

Jan. 22—A pair of big performances helped a pair of area teams capture third place.

The Alex Lady Longhorns and Amber-Pocasset Panthers picked up big wins in Alex on Saturday, ending the tournament 2-1 in their three games to capture third place. Big individual performances from Alex's McKenna Hurley and Am-Po's Ian Guthrie helped the teams pick up those victories.

Alex took down Minco in the third-place game, winning 50-34. Am-Po rolled to a 65-42 victory over Lexington.

Girls

Alex used a big first quarter to take down Minco.

Alex won the second, third and fourth quarters by a single point, but the big difference came in the first quarter. Alex won the first quarter by 15 points, outscoring Minco 16-1 in the period to gain an advantage that never went away throughout the rest of the game.

And it was Hurley who led the way for the Lady Longhorns. She put up 25 points in the victory to go along with a double-digit scoring performance from Kaitlyn Byrum.

Alex opened its tournament run with a win over Verden before falling to Amber-Pocasset. Minco defeated Rush Springs before falling to Dibble.

Boys

After the first quarter, it looked like Am-Po and Lexington were in for a high-scoring classic.

Am-Po went to the second quarter with a 20-16 lead over Lexington, and the game was still close at halftime. The Panthers led by eight at halftime but outscored Lexington 19-8 in the third quarter and 33-18 in the second half to pick up the 23-point win.

Guthrie scored early and often for Am-Po in the win. He reached the 30-point mark in the third quarter and ended the game with 36 points.

Lawson Braden also reached double-digit points for the Panthers.

Amber-Pocasset defeated Rush Springs before losing to Ninnekah. Lexington beat Dibble before losing to Minco.