STERLING, Kan. – Three Lions scored in double figures as Bluestem held on for a two-point victory over Trinity Catholic High School from Hutchinson at the Sterling Invitational Tuesday afternoon.
Bluestem jumped out to an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was the only quarter that the Lions would win in the game. Trinity would be unable to complete the comeback, losing the Lions 56-54.
Bluestem's defense caused problems for the Celtics all night, as the Lions were able to turn 20 Trinity turnovers into 22 points. The Celtics were just able to crack a 0.400 shooting percentage, going 20-50 from the field in the game against a Lions defense that challenged nearly every Trinity shot attempt.
Trevis Farthing anchored the Lion defensive attacking, collecting four steals in the game while scoring 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Josh Muckenthaler was able to help open space in the lane, making three shots from downtown and scoring 14 points to lead Bluestem in scoring. Cooper Minnick was the other Lion in double figures, scoring 11 points, pulling down five rebounds, and dishing out three assists.
Trinity would try to ride the coattails of their senior leader Nathan Eisenbarth, who led all scorers in the game with 18 points, but clutch free throw shooting down the stretch and defensive stops by the Lions would keep the Celtics from completing their comeback.
CJ Watson also scored in double figures for Trinity with ten points while Chad Pauly made an impact with eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Lions will play their final game in the Sterling Invitational at 4:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday's Remington/Sterling game.