BURRTON — Inman High School made things a little tougher than it probably needed to be, as the Teutons made just 11 of 23 free throws. However, in the final 31.7 seconds, the Teutons were 5 of 6 in Saturday’s 59-52 win over Burrton.
Burrton was gunning away early and often, and midway through the second quarter, led 26-16. Inman owned the next 10 minutes, as the Teutons went from down 10 to up 42-33 with 2:18 left in the third quarter. Burrton never caught up.
Inman sophomore point guard Payton Froese may not have shot like he usually does, but when he’s at his best, Inman is as its best. He finished with 16 points while running the point with efficiency. For Burrton, senior forward Brendan Dick was a workhorse, scoring 11 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
“The funny thing about being 11 of 23 is two of our best free-throw shooters were out there. (Mason) Thiessen was 2 for 8, but he’s one of the best free-throw shooters in our league. Payton (Froese, 3 of 6), that’s not typical. The pace of the game was something we don’t really see, and those guys never come out, but no excuses. We’ve got to shoot better than that.” – Inman coach Brett Froese.
Inman (9-4) next plays Jan. 31 at Sterling, while Burrton (6-4) travels the same day to Pretty Prairie.