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Asher Falls To Kiowa At Area


February 28, 2019

A first-round bye was granted to Asher in District play thanks to a solid regular season that saw Asher claim two tournament titles. After the bye, Asher faced Indianola Saturday, Feb. 9. Indianola defeated Crowder 56-51 in their first game.

Asher saw its highest scoring post-season game with an 81-66 defeat of Indianola. After this, Asher was sent to the Regional Winners Bracket to face the Kiowa Cowboys. Kiowa came into the postseason with a 19-4 record and a top-75 state ranking. Kiowa defeated Asher 54-45.

After the loss, Asher bounced back with two wins against Keota (53-48) and Clayton (77-60) to punch their ticket to Area.

For Coach Scott Hamilton’s first year, a trip to Area would have been a great success. But the Indians did not stop there. Asher took to Area and defeated Smithville, whom Asher also defeated 62-56 in the Jim Walling Classic back in January, 55-43, to head to the Area Semifinals to face the three-game old Kiowa Cowboys.

The Cowboys of Kiowa saw their first nine-point victory over the Indians and raised it six as they won the second meeting 45-30 in Asher’s lowest scoring game of the post-season. Post-game, Coach Hamilton reflected on his first year as Asher’s head coach.

“We reached 20 wins. That is a big deal. We went 14-5 after Christmas, “ Coach Hamilton started off. “We feel we proved our self a top-12 team. We played 17 games versus ranked opponents.”

Coach Hamilton, who has nine of his 10 players returning next season, looks for continued improvement after an already very successful 2018-2019 season.

“We improved a lot this year, and I think we still have a lot of room to get much better next season.”

Could the Indians be sniffing a trip to State in 2020? Don’t put it past Hamilton and his squad.


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