by David Tesitor
HOEHNE — The Hoehne Farmers boys basketball team split a pair of games this past week, losing to Crowley County Chargers 64-46 and trouncing the Las Animas Trojans the following night, 81-50.
rIn the game against the Chargers, Kyle Kreutzer scored 19 points while Cameron Thornton scored eight, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the offensive surge put forth by the 33 points of Crowley’s Hayden Carlisle, Carnes Clabey, and Chris Mayer.
The next evening, the Farmers came back strong against Las Animas, winning 81-50. The Trojans opened strong, leading 19-10 after one, but 25 point 2nd and 27 point 3rd quarters propelled Hoehne to victory. Kreutzer had a season high 36 points in the game.
The Farmers are presently in 3rd place, but with games against Fowler (2nd), Rocky Ford (4th) and John Mall (5th), Hoehne could find themselves in 6th place unless they win the remaining games on their schedule.
The Lady Farmers also split their games, losing to Crowley 37-32, due in part to a 14-3 first quarter run by the Chargers. Hoehne was able to come back, outplaying Crowley, but time and poor shooting from the line were the Farmers worst enemies.
Brittney Hill scored 12 points in the game while Sydney Aragon scored nine. Hill also had a total of nine rebounds in the game. Crowley County’s victory tied them with the Farmers for 3rd place in the league.
Against Las Animas, the Farmers found a win, with the 19 points by Shaelyn Walton. Hoehne dominated play from the beginning, outscoring the Trojans 16-1 after one and 36-14 at the half. A sluggish 15 point second half by the Farmers almost allowed Las Animas to fight back as they hit for 30 points.
With three games remaining on the schedule for both the boys and girls teams, Hoehne needs wins to have a shot of finishing in third place.