Posted On: 01/11/21 6:08 PM

Basketball is back for teams all over northeast Kansas. Some players in the area had some breakout performances, while others stepped up in unexpected roles (in alphabetical order):

Neo Byrd, junior, Riverside:

The usually high-scoring Bray Davis tossed in just 8 points against Jefferson West. So Byrd stepped up, scoring 16 to lead to a 50-47 victory Friday. The 5-foot-10 Byrd doesn’t always have to score a lot from his point guard position, but he can, as evidenced by the 18 he put up against Doniphan West, and 14 against Hiawatha, which included 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

Isiah Holz, senior, St. Marys:

Helping the Bears to the #6 ranking in 3A, Holz is one of a talented cast at St. Marys. He’s come up big in a couple of big wins, including the 13 he scored against Royal Valley. Friday night he had his season high 15 points.

Keon Hula, junior, Council Grove:

Hula is a skilled big man – he can move with surprising smoothness for a big man, has great ball skills and is a threat inside and out. He hadn’t put those skills into a big scoring night yet, but he popped for 17 against

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