Schneider, Ryckman lead Lions to district victory over Kidder County
Linton-HMB frontliners Ryan Schneider and Mason Ryckman combined for 40 points, and the Lions coasted to a 69-52 victory over Kidder County in Hazelton on Jan. 4. Linton-HMB improved to 3-1 in District 6 and 5-3 overall, while Kidder County fell to 0-2 in District 6, and 3-4 overall.
Kidder County grabbed an early lead on Chase Wahl’s three-pointer, but Linton-HMB used a 17-4 run later in the opening period, and the Lions would never lose the lead again. Ryckman and Schneider each hit a pair of baskets during a 12-2 run, and Ryckman’s putback extended the lead to double figures (19-9) with under 1:30 left in the quarter. The Lions took a 19-13 advantage into the second period.
Linton-HMB ripped off 11 unanswered points over the first 2:30 of the second quarter to complete a 28-8 run, andTyler Humann’s triple extended the lead to 30-13 with 5:30 left in the first half. However, Linton-HMB cooled off considerably from there, and the Lions scored just 2 points over the remainder of the period. Kidder County couldn’t get on the board until Wahl dropped in a three-pointer at the 3:50 mark, but that started an 8-2 spurt by the Pirates, which closed the gap to 32-21 at the break.
Linton-HMB shot 54 percent (15 of 28) from the field in the first half, and held a 21-10 advantage in rebounding, while Kidder County connected on just 9 of 29 (31%) field goal attempts in the half. Schneider (12), Ryckman (8) and Humann (6) combined for 26 points in the half for Linton-HMB, and Wahl scored 8 points to pace Kidder County’s firsthalf attack.
Cole Scherbenske’s putback early in the third quarter trimmed the deficit to single digits (34-25), but that would be as close as Kidder County would get the rest of the way. Linton-HMB answered with a 9-2 run over the next 1:25, and Ryckman’s basket pushed the lead back to 41-25 with just under 6:00 left in the quarter. Linton-HMB would lead by as many as 17 points (48-31) in the period, and the Lions took a 48-33 advantage into the final frame.
Schneider’s three-point play gave Linton-HMB its biggest lead (51-33) with 6:54 left, but Kidder County showed some life by ripping off three quick baskets, and Jordan Leier’s lay-up off a steal cut the margin to 51-39 with 5:30 remaining. However, Andrew Small quelled the rally with a three-pointer on the Lion’s next trip, and Kidder County was unable to threaten again.
Linton-HMB shot over 60 percent (12 of 19) from the field and hit 11 of 13 (85%) free throws in the second half to finish at 57 percent (27 of 47) from the floor and 75 percent (12 of 16) from the stripe for the game. Kidder County shot just 35 percent (22 of 63) from the field and 42 percent (5 of 12) from the line in the game. Linton-HMB held a 31-28 edge in rebounds overall, but Kidder County held a 15-9 advantage in offensive rebounds, including an 11-1 margin on the offensive glass in the second half.
Schneider tallied gamehighs in points (21), rebounds (11) and steals (4), while Ryckman netted 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots for Linton-HMB. Humann added 10 points apiece, and Jon Purintun and Small chipped in 9 and 8 points, respectively, for the Lions. Ryan Sand led Kidder County with 15 points, Leier scored 13 points, and Cole Scherbenske netted 10 points for the Pirates.
Kidder County: Ryan Sand 15, Jordan Leier 13, Cole Scherbenske 10, Chase Wahl 8, Ben Steinolfson 2, Hunter Pfaff 2, Zach Six 2.
Linton-HMB: Ryan Schneider 21, Mason Ryckman 19, Tyler Humann 10, Jon Purintun 9,Andrew Small 8, Travis Baumiller 2.