Heights storms to easy win over Maize

By Steve Sell
January 22, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Wichita Heights’ stealth-quick backcourt of Chris Lowe and Semaj Hervey made life miserable for Maize in the third game of Thursday’s McPherson Invitational. 

Maize had no answer for the dual jets as Heights, now 7-3, advanced to Friday’s 8:15 p.m. semifinals with an impressive 68-43 victory.

Lowe and Hervey were dynamite in the open court as the Falcons used a big third quarter to buffer their cushion. After leading 28-23 at the half, the Falcons ramped it up in the third quarter to swell the lead to 52-36 and continued to pour it on the final 8 minutes.

Lowe sped to 20 points and Hervey added 12, while both created havoc defensively as they combined for eight steals. Inside, long-armed Davon Gill chipped in with 14 points. With the ball in the hands of Lowe and Hervey, the Falcons committed only four turnovers the entire game.

“They’ve been that way for us for three years,” Heights coach Joe Auer said. “They are veteran guards. They’re not very big. But the only choice you have when you’re not very big is to play really hard and that’s what they do.”

Cortlin Standifer and Ky-Sean Johnson scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Eagles.

The Falcons’ supreme athleticism and length on defense led to several runouts as Heights opened a lot of eyes with its performance.

Auer said he will consider it “an honor” for his team to play McPherson in Friday’s semifinals, provided the Bullpups win the final game.

Heights (68) — Hervey 5-16, 1-2, 12; Lowe 8-15, 3-3, 20; Bahner 2-4, 0-0, 5; Johnson 1-3, 0-0, 3; Patrick 2-6, 0-0, 4; Williams 3-8, 0-0, 6; Gill 7-10, 0-0, 14; Ellis 1-2, 2-4, 4; Simpson 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 29-65, 6-9, 68. 3-pointers — Hervery 1, Lowe 1, Bahner 1, Johnson 1.

Maize (43) — Standifer 4-7, 2-4, 11; Goode 1-3, 0-0, 2; Bugbee 0-5, 0-0, 0; Johnson 4-5, 1-2, 10; Schultz 1-3, 5-6, 7; Spence 0-1, 0-0, 0; Miller 0-2, 0-1, 0; Ledbetter 3-5, 0-2, 8; LeBegue 2-5, 1-2, 5; Johnson 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 15-38, 9-17, 43. 3-pointers — Ledbetter 2, Standifer 1, Johnson 1.


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