Big Horn even against tough Rocky Mountain competition
BIG HORN — The Big Horn girls had an impressive 35-26 win against fourth-ranked Rocky Mountain Friday afternoon. The Lady Rams stand at 6-5 overall after an inconsistent start to the season.
The game was one of their best showings of the year, and it was tight throughout. It was tied 4-4 after the first quarter, 13-12 Rocky Mountain at halftime and the Lady Rams were ahead 20-19 after three quarters. Big Horn then outscored the Lady Grizzlies 15-7 in the final frame to come away with a much-needed road victory.
“We made winning plays down the stretch,” head coach Michael McGuire said.
Big Horn didn’t shoot particularly well but clamped down defensively and got the win. The Lady Rams won by nine despite only making eight of 18 free throw attempts. Alisyn Hutton led Big Horn with 13 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
After ending last week’s tournament with two losses, the team had a better week of practice, which helped propel Big Horn to the win.
“The work we did throughout the week carried over into today,” McGuire said.
The Big Horn boys fought hard but didn’t have quite enough juice against No. 3 Rocky Mountain, falling 62-55. The Rams dropped to 4-7 with the loss.
The Grizzlies used a strong first quarter to take command of the game. Rocky Mountain led 16-9 after the first stanza and 29-21 at half. Foul trouble and turnovers contributed to Big Horn’s downfall, as the Rams turned it over 19 times, compared to a mere eight for the Grizzlies.
Rocky Mountain also shot 51 percent from the field, while Big Horn only managed 38 percent. Kade VanDyken led the Rams with 16 points, while Kade Eisele had 14 points and Carson Bates totaled 13.
Both teams play Greybull Saturday, with the girls game at 1:30 p.m. and boys following at 3 p.m.
Tongue River girls downed by Greybull
DAYTON — After a competitive loss to No.1 Lusk last week, the Tongue River girls had another close defeat against a top team, falling to second-ranked Greybull 49-38. The defeat drops the Lady Eagles to 2-9 on the season.
The game was relatively close throughout. The score was 9-7 Greybull after the first quarter, but the Lady Buffaloes led by eight to 10 points for most of the evening. Tongue River held the usually prolific Lady Buffaloe shooters to three 3-pointers. The Lady Eagles also varied their defense, using a 3-2 zone and different full-court press strategies.
“I was really pleased with the effort, the willingness to use the game to get better,” head coach Tyler Hanson said.
Zaveah Kobza had 15 points to lead the Tongue River charge.
While the score for the Tongue River boys basketball team’s matchup with Greybull was unavailable by press time, both teams play at Wright next Friday.
Boys swimming holds its own at dual meet
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys swimming team held its own in a dual meet at Laramie Friday.
While the Broncs earned just 47 points on the night, individual performances left the team with a little swagger.
Oscar Patten took first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.76 seconds) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.20), leading the Bronc swimmers on the night.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Patten, Sam Sampson, Thomas Yates and Caleb Johannesmeyer finished in third with a time of 3:37.11.
Sampson also took third in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:37.16 while Johannesmeyer finished in the same position for the 200-yard individual medley (2:13).
The team will compete in the Cheyenne Invitational at Cheyenne South on Saturday.
Lady Broncs fall to Billings Senior on the road
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School girls basketball team couldn’t keep pace with Billings Senior Friday night in Billings. Sheridan fell 49-30, snapping its modest two-game winning streak and dropping it to 3-7 on the season.
“We struggled to score tonight,” Sheridan High School head girls basketball coach Larry Ligocki said. “They are a long, pretty skilled team.”
Alli Puuri represented the only player for Sheridan to score in double figures and she tallied 10. Kaliee Ingalls added six points and Jordan Christensen chipped in five.
Sheridan took the early 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter but managed only one field goal during the second period en route to falling behind 23-14 at halftime. Sheridan’s scoring lull persisted into the third stanza as it only tallied three points. Billings Senior extended its 35-17 third-quarter cushion ever so slightly in the final eight minutes to complete the season sweep of Sheridan — Billings Senior edged Sheridan 64-59 Dec. 15 in Sheridan.
Sheridan quickly returns to the floor Saturday afternoon when it plays host to Natrona at 1 p.m.