Bluejays win against Ulysses


Josh Weishapl

The Lady Jays and Bluejay basketball teams won their varsity games on Tuesday, January 11th, against Ulysses.

On Tuesday, the Lady Jays were led by a solid defensive game that led to scoring as they beat the Lady Tigers, 71-24. The game started fast as the Jays had a 24 point lead after the first quarter. Ulysses struggled against the stout Cimarron defense in the second, scoring only seven total points in the quarter and eight points altogether in half. The second half was more of the same for the Lady Tigers were unsuccessful at a comeback. Cimarron would close out the game with a significant win, beating Ulysses by 47 points. Caitlyn Sonday and Mckayla Miller were the top scores as they put up 16 points apiece from the field.

The Cimarron boys team was also able to capture the win, as they beat the Tigers by 13 en route to their first victory of the season. This triumph snaps an eight-game losing streak that dates back to the last game of the 2020-2021 season. The Bluejays started the game hot, leading Ulysses after one quarter of play, 12-5. The Tigers would claw their way back in the second and take the lead in halftime, 17-15. Coming out of the half, it was all Bluejays. The Cimarron defense would hold Ulysses to zero points in the third quarter as the offense would tack on 14 points in that span. The Tigers continued to struggle as the Bluejays would only allow five points the rest of the game, putting Cimarron on top, 35-22. Shooting Guard Braxton Harrison led the charge on offense for the Bluejays, scoring 16 points. Center Luke Janzen was the rebound leader as he crashed the boards for 13 rebounds. 

The two Bluejay squads suited up for a match-up with St. John on Friday. 

The Lady Jays struggled to find a rhythm the entire game. The Lady Tigers would go into halftime with a three-point lead, 26-23. Cimarron would come out of the half with some fire in their bellies on defense, allowing only three points for St. John. However, the offense would stay stagnant as they could only capitalize for eight points. The Lady Tigers claw back into the game, tying it up late and sending it into OT. Cimarron would only put up a single tally in the entire four minutes of overtime, allowing St. John to win, 39-37.

The boy’s game showed more scoring for both sides yet yielded the same result. Although St. John would go into the half with a 26-20 lead, the Bluejays came out firing after the break. Cimarron would score 19 points, tying their best scoring quarter this season and cutting the Tiger lead to one. However, despite the scoring, the Bluejays would give up 16 points in the final quarter, handing St. John the four-point win, 56-52. Shooting guard Braxton Harrison had a double-double in the outing as he put up 22 points and 16 rebounds.