July 18th, 2019

wariror seventh zayden martinezEisenhower Warrior Zayden Martinez dribbles agianst Horace Goos defender Jayden Griffin Thursday. The Warriors had a strong second half in a 44-19 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Eisenhower Warrior Mehki Huskey capitalized on turnovers and made his lay-ups Thursday night against Horace Good, scoring 15 points and leading the Warriors to a 44-19 rout.

But the score wasn’t so lopsided at halftime.

Brooks Kappelmann helped the Warrior take a 7-3 lead in the first quarter with a three-pointer, but it was eight points from Huskey in the second period that kept the Warriors ahead at halftime.

Eisenhower only led by four at the break, 17-13, but they came out on fire at both ends of the floor in the second half.

Six Warriors combined to score 21 points in the third quarter while the Flacons struggled from the field and only connected on one shot from the floor and two free throws for four points in the quarter.

The Warriors took a 35-17 lead into the final period and used strong defense to hold the Falcons to only two points in the final period while adding six points of their own for the 44-19 final.

Huskey led all scorers with 15 points. Kappelmann had nine.

 “We missed a lot of opportunities in the first quarter to open up the game,” Warrior coach James Babinec said. “The boys need to finish off plays.” 

The win evened up the Warriors’ early record at 1-1 after an earlier loss to Hugoton 37-18 and was the turnaround Babinec wanted to see.

“The energy that was lacking Monday was more than made up in tonight’s game,” he said. “The only downside was the number of turnovers committed and allowing the Hawks too many opportunities on second/third shots. We were fortunate they didn’t cash those in. This team showed their potential and will only get better as the season proceeds.

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