By Travis Mounts
The Cheney Cardinals made nine 3-point shots in a 68-41 home win over the visiting Conway Springs Cardinals last Friday, in the season-opening game for both teams.
Harrison Voth made five 3-pointers, including three in the first half. He scored 11 points in the second quarter alone, and led all players with 24 points. Voth is quickly moving toward 1,000 points in his high school career.
Cheney had three players in double figures, as Jack Voth scored 13 points and Luke Grace added 11.
Conway Springs was led by Nash Johnson, with 16 points.
Cheney jumped out quickly, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Conway Springs answered back with its own 5-0 run, to close the gap to 7-5. But after that, Cheney went on a 33-14 run through the rest of the first half to take a 40-19 lead at halftime. Cheney made six of its 3-point shots before halftime, and outscored Conway Springs 24-10 in the second quarter.
“I was happy with our defense,” said Cheney head coach Linndy Frieden. “If we can hold people to under 50, I think we’ll win a lot of games.”
Cheney forced 15 steals, which led to a number of fast-break opportunities.
Conway Springs head coach Paul Lange said Cheney has played winning basketball together for a long time and knew this would be a tough game.
“With that said, I was a little disappointed in how we came out and I know our guys were, too. We felt as if we had a pretty good game plan headed into the contest, but we were forcing things early and were off script from the very beginning.”
Lange said Conway Springs played better in the second half, but by then it was too late.
“Hopefully, we can use that to sharpen our focus and understand the level at which we need to complete, both physically and mentally,” he said.
Frieden said he was especially pleased with the play of point guard Jack Voth, who had no turnovers in the game. Frieden said Voth’s offensive game has grown over the summer.
Cheney had 11 assists and 11 turnovers.
“We need to do better at that,” Frieden said.
Lange was pleased with the play of Nash Johnsen, who shot 5-for-6 from the floor and went 6-for-8 at the free-throw line. He had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
“I told Nash after the game that he had played the best game to this point of his young high school career,” Lange said. “He was able to do all that despite us missing some opportunities to get him the ball when he had good position.
This week brings tournament play for both sets of Cardinals. Conway Springs is taking part in the Eagle Classic at Kingman. The team faced Haven on Tuesday at Kingman, and will play this Thursday against Sunrise Christian. Haven is ranked No. 10 in Class 3A.
The girls tip off at 6 p.m. Thursday, and the boys follow. Final-round games will be Saturday. Opponents and game times will be determined by the results for the first two rounds. The field also includes Sterling and Valley Center.
Cheney is hosting the Cardinals Classic. Wellington visited Cheney on Tuesday. On Thursday, Cheney will travel to El Dorado. Final-round games are Saturday, with opponents and game times determined by the previous games. The field also includes Pratt, Trinity Catholic and Chaparral.
Editor’s note: Additional reporting by Michael Buhler.
Cheney: Harrison Voth 24, Jack Voth 13, Luke Grace 11, Harrison Middleton 8, Keegan O’Shea 3, Aiden Lynch 3, Rylan Doshier 2, Carter Peintner 2, Caleb Wehrman 2.
Conway Springs: Nash Johnson 16, Izic Billups 8, Taylor Wykes 6, Patrick Friess 4, Derrick Smith 3, Grant Fisher 2, Lance Pauly 2.