Big Horn, Tongue River hoops start seasons in Thermopolis, Lusk

Rams 56, Pine Bluffs 52
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Rams boys basketball team took down Pine Bluffs Saturday morning 56-52.

Leading scorer Colter Carzoli put up 23 points and took down nine rebounds. Devon Ibach scored 20 points and had nine rebounds. Max Lube had nine rebounds.
Coach Ryan Alley said though the team played well, defensive intensity was lacking.

“We’ve got a pretty tough weekend coming up in Wright in the Coal Miner’s Classic,” he said. “This weekend was all about figuring out what we need to fix and there are a lot of things we can work on this week like being more consistent throughout the games and sheering up defense.”

The team opens a tournament next weekend in Glenrock, facing the 3A school, and then will take on Thermopolis, who had a good weekend this past weekend, and finally will face Greybull, who according to coach Alley, is going to be one of the top teams in the 2A West conference.

Lady Rams start 0-3
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Lady Rams basketball team fell to the Lusk Lady Tigers Saturday afternoon in the Tiger Jamboree, closing out their opening weekend 0-3.

They fell to Lusk 42-57. Leading scorers Bailey Bard and Hanneah Puckett contributed 16 and 12 points respectively. Coach Mike Daley said the young team will go through some rough spots early in the year, but just needs to keep playing.

“We’re going to have to get them some playing time to get some experience,” he said of the newcomers. “As long as we can keep that in perspective and keep practicing, we’ll be fine at the end of the year, but we’ve got some tough growing pains ahead.”

From Friday, Burns defeated Big Horn 55-43.

Big Horn fell twice Friday, but saw good things in getting experience on the floor for the first time this year, Daley said.

Against Burns, Bard scored 20 points and Puckett scored 13.

Pine Bluffs beat the Lady Rams 59-57 in their nightcap.

Daley said that the result was probably more than anything attributed to conditioning as they were outscored in fourth quarter.

“We certainly need to work on our free throws,” he said after his team shot 4-9 and Pine Bluffs went 10-12.

“We can build on and get better at a lot of things,” Daley added. “Another good game with getting a lot of kids experience.”

Puckett scored 30 points and Emily Blaney added seven.

Eagles off to 1-3 start
SHERIDAN — Tongue River won one of three games this weekend at the Thermopolis Invitational.

The Eagles fell to Shoshoni Friday night 57-67.

Wyatt Main led the team with 24 points, with Lane Dockery the only other player to score double digits with 10 of his own. Austin Scammon was top rebounder with seven.

In game one on Saturday, the Eagles fell to Thermopolis 37-52. Scammon was top rebounder again with eight. Matt Yellowtail was the top scorer putting up 13.

“We started off slow, they built up a pretty sizable lead and we were down by 25, but got it to seven. We couldn’t come all the way back,” head coach Robert Griffin said. 

“I thought we played better,” he said of the second game, “but we just didn’t have some shots fall or make some key passes that we needed to make.”

The men closed out the weekend tournament with a victory against St. Stephens, 96-60.

“We moved the ball really well all weekend,” Griffin said. “We just have to get a little more fine tuned. I felt pretty good about a lot of things.”

Main, Scammon, Yellowtail and Chase Linhart all put up double-digits for the team who scored 54 points in the fourth quarter alone. Scammon and Yellowtail had four rebounds each.

The TR boys face Rocky Mountain at home on Friday before heading to Lovell on Saturday.

Lady Eagles push win-streak to 31 games
SHERIDAN — Tongue River girls basketball pushed their winning streak to 31 games, starting 3-0 on the year at the Thermopolis Invitational.

Tongue River defeated Thermopolis 37-24 in their first game Saturday.

Leading scorers were Shiloh Blumel with 10 points, Amanda Buller with nine points and Erin Aksamit with eight points. Aksamit also led the team in rebounds along with Kortni Sharp, the two bringing down nine apiece.

Coach Dianne Moser attributed the win to decent defense, more balanced scoring and cutting down the number of turnovers from Friday’s game.

After an hour and a half break the ladies beat St. Stephens 61-45.

With a rough start to the game, TR went in to the half down 20-31 after several 3-point shots from St. Stephens.

“In the second half we came out and switched to man-to-man and put some full court pressure on them,” Moser said. “We scored 22 points in the third to break the game open and take home the win.”

Looking ahead, TR has two tough non-conference games this week facing Rocky Mountain at home on Friday and then heading to Lovell on Saturday.

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