Dec. 14 hoops rundown: Lady Eagles winstreak snapped in Lovell

Lovell 59, Tongue River Lady Eagles 39
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Lady Eagles (4-1) lost Saturday to the Lovell Lady Bulldogs (4-1) breaking their 33-game win streak with a final score of 59-39.

Leading scorers were Eryn Aksamit with 15 and Courtney Scharf with 10.
Head Coach Dianne Moser attributed the loss to Lovell’s aggressive man-to-man defense and full court pressure.

“We have a lot of work to do offensively,” she said, “continuing to work on our defense and cutting down on our turnovers.”

The ladies will face Wind River Friday and Piney Saturday at Wyoming Indian/Wind River in the Foothills Classic.

“They are always hard to play on their floor,” Coach Moser said on next weekend’s matchup with Wyoming Indian, “so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Lovell 49, Tongue River Eagles 46
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River boys lost another close one Saturday in Lovell, falling 49-46 and to 1-5 on the year.

Wyatt Main and Chase Linhart, who scored 14 and 12 points respectively, led the Eagles. Matt Yellowtail scored six and Austin Scammon and Lane Dockery chipped in five apiece.

Tongue River led 20-17 at halftime and 32-31 after three, but a fourth quarter run put Lovell ahead. Head coach Robert Griffin was pleased with his team’s effort despite the loss.

“Our kids are playing really hard, that’s one of the hardest things when your team is really digging down to try and play better and you don’t come away with wins,” Griffin said. “That is one of the things that shows you’re getting better.”

Griffin said Main has done a great job so far this year producing for them, also commending Linhart for his big game, hitting two threes late that put them within one point in the fourth quarter.

Tongue River treks to the annual Foothills Classic this weekend, closing out 2013. After the break, they resume play Jan. 4 at Riverside.

Southeast 38, Big Horn Lady Rams 21
The Big Horn Lady Rams (1-5) lost Saturday morning to the Southeast Cyclones (4-1) 38-21 in the Herder Classic at Glenrock.

Leading scorers were Bailey Bard with 8 points and Morgan Nance with 7.
Head Coach Mike Daley said the team was shorthanded this weekend, leading to their loss but also offering some opportunities to the team.

“We learned a lot about ourselves,” he said, “and got plenty of young players some quality experience against one of the best teams from the south.”

The fell to Lusk (5-2) Saturday afternoon 45-36. Leading scorers were Hanneah Puckett with 14 points and Bailey Bard with eight points.

“Playing these teams early certainly identifies our weaknesses thus far,” Daley said. “We will certainly address these issues in the upcoming weeks and prepare for next weekend.”

The Lady Rams face Wyoming Indian, Wind River and Big Piney in the Foothills Classic this weekend.

Greybull 62, Big Horn Rams 45
The Big Horn Rams (2-4) lost to the number three-ranked Greybull Buffaloes (7-0) Saturday in the Coal Miners Classic at Wright.

With starters Devon Ibach and Miles Novak out with illness and Connor McCafferty out with an ankle injury others had to step up and play hard.
Colter Carzoli lead the team with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

“They competed hard versus a team that is in the top of the state,” said Head Coach Ryan Alley. “I was very proud of the effort from all the players.”

The boys will face Wyoming Indian, Wind River and Big Piney at Wyoming Indian/Wind River this weekend.

“We are going to need the same effort next weekend,” said Alley. “They are all quality teams from the (2A) West.”

Arvada teams open season
SHERIDAN — In the Little 6 Invitational at Hanna, the Arvada-Clearmont Lady Panthers went 2-1 opening their season after weather pushed back their first games. Facing Hannah-Elk Mountain (3-3) Friday night they won 54-51.

Saturday saw a win and a loss, as they beat Rock River (2-1) in the morning 48-32 and fell to No. 4-ranked Little Snake River (4-2) in the afternoon 61-23.

For the boys, they went 1-2 in their opening weekend in the Little 6 Invitational. Against H.E.M. (2-4) Friday night, they fell 29-52.
They split Saturday games, losing to Rock River (2-1) in the morning 38-69 and defeating Glendo (0-3) in the afternoon 68-43.

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