Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Heights at JC

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Heights at JC

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JUNCTION CITY -- Shawnee Heights leading scorer Tony Barksdale Jr. returned to action Friday night but wasn't in the starting lineup.

Didn't matter in the least.

With Barksdale on the bench for the entire first half, Tez Scroggins carried the scoring load for the T-Birds. The senior guard registered 14 of his 25 points in the first two quarters as Heights rolled to a 57-38 victory at Junction City.

Scroggins finished hitting 10 of 12 attempts from the field.

"Tez was huge," Heights coach Sam Stroh said. "Tez is a tough matchup cause you've got to respect him driving to the paint, but then we also have shooters on the perimeter so he's a tough matchup. He did a good job finishing at the rim, but more importantly knocking down his free throws tonight. That was huge."

With Heights leading 13-12, sophomore Poncho Freeman's layup ignited a 6-0 run to end the first quarter. The run continued in the second quarter as Heights headed into halftime on a 23-7 charge that produced a 36-19 advantage.

"The run at the end of the first half and the run to start the second half was huge," Stroh said. "We talked to our guys about getting stops and I liked our defensive intensity. I thought Malek's (Stanley) dunk got us sparked."

Heights took a 28-point lead into the fourth quarter. The T- Birds were outscored 14-5 in the final period, but Stroh was pleased with his team's defense.

Barksdale checked in with five minutes to go in the third quarter and played a majority of the second half. The senior didn't take a shot Friday but was active in finding teammates, something Stroh says speaks to what he has seen out of him lately at practice.

"He's been stepping up as a leader and as a senior, and we need that," Stroh said.

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS GIRLS 66, JUNCTION CITY 35 -- It was evident from the start that Junction City had no answer for Heights sophomore forward Jazz Sweet.

Sweet finished with 29 points on a staggering 11-of-11 shooting performance from the field in the T-Birds' rout. The sophomore got going early with 11 points in the first half, including three three- point-plays. …

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