KIOWA — The Savanna Bulldogs showed some strength, so the Kiowa Cowboys made the game about speed.
From point guard Clay Doyle to center Brice Smith, the Cowboys were just too fast for the Bulldogs.
Doyle and Smith each scored 18 points, leading the Cowboys to a 66-33 win against the Bulldogs on Friday in Kiowa.
“That’s always our gameplan, just to push the ball and (have) up-tempo offense,” Doyle said.
“That’s what it’s going to take for us to have success, is Brice to get touches, and if he’s double-teamed, kick it back out.”
Already up 16-7 heading into the second quarter, the Cowboys outscored the Bulldogs by 10 to basically put the game away at halftime. Brycen Overton came up with a steal on Savanna’s opening possession of the second, and on the opposite end he hit a pull-up 3-pointer to make it 19-7.
Savanna missed its next shot, then Doyle found Overton for another 3-pointer. Savanna then turned over its next two possessions, both of which led to layups from Doyle that made it 26-7 Cowboys.
“We wanted to pick it up early, because we felt like they didn’t have a lot of bench to come in to help them,” Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said. “We wanted to push the pace a little bit, maybe get their starters a little bit winded. That’s when we really sparked it, in the second quarter. We got more transition buckets, picked up our pressure full-court, and that was the difference for the rest of the ballgame.”
Kris Perry, who scored 19 for Savanna, scored on a layup to end Kiowa’s run, but Doyle found Tristian McMath for a 3-pointer. Perry scored again, this time hitting a 3-pointer, but Jonny Allen hit two free throws for Kiowa, then took an inbounds pass from Caden Shores and floated it in to make it 33-12.