Lady Eagles finish calendar year with strong Saturday
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Lady Eagles enter the break 6-2 after two bounce back road wins Saturday.
Despite falling Friday night due to a slow start in the first quarter, Saturday the Lady Eagles beat Big Piney, 46-29, and then Wyoming Indian, 63-59.
Trailing 44-31 at halftime of the Wyoming Indian game, head coach Dianne Moser said she was pleased with the way the girls came out and played in the third quarter, allowing just two points in the frame, scoring 15 to turn the tide.
“We had three girls in double figures (against Wyoming Indian),” she said. “We moved the ball, we were unselfish. We did struggle with the press at times but we did a nice job of attacking.”
In the win over Big Piney, Eryn Aksamit scored 16 points, Cheyloh Blumel added nine and Amanda Buller added eight. Against Wyoming Indian, Buller had 15, while Aksamit and Tara Stimpson chipped in 14 apiece. Moser said she was encouraged by the team’s offensive play Saturday and said hopefully they’ll be back at full strength after the break.
Eagles enter break 1-7
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Eagles finished the calendar year with an 0-3 weekend, dropping games to Wind River, Big Piney and Wyoming Indian.
A powerful Wyoming Indian team that’s given everyone problems so far this season ended the Eagles weekend with an 81-40 result, putting Tongue River’s mark at 1-7.
Head coach Robert Griffin said the Chiefs have pretty much everything to throw at you.
“The Chiefs are dynamic this year,” he said. “They’re going to be one of the toughest teams to beat, they’re loaded. They can do it all, the can take you inside and out, they can run, and they can set into the halfcourt. Plus, they’re about 12 or 14 kids deep.”
Tongue River held with them for a quarter, he said, but a 20-point gap mounted in the second quarter as Wyoming Indian capitalized quickly on mistakes.
Friday night, the Eagles lost 57-56 to Wind River in a game that TR’s only deficit came in the final seconds of the game.
Tongue River led the entire way until a last-second 3 sealed the final score.
Early Saturday they fell 68-45 to Big Piney, fighting off the one-point loss hangover from the night before.
“That one was a little more disappointing than a few of our other games because as a team we didn’t have our energy,” Griffin said of the Big Piney loss.
He added that Matt Yellowtail had another good weekend, and Wyatt Main’s defense continues to impress. Against Wyoming Indian, Lane Dockery and Chase Linhart had their best games of the year, he said.
Griffin said the Eagles will work on getting back to the basics during break.
“We need to almost simplify, make sure we’re doing the little things right,” he explained.
“In the games we’ve lost, it’s not big things that hurt us but a series of little things that keep adding up. We need to go back to the basics and make sure we stay with our identity.
The Eagles return to the court Jan. 4 at Riverside.
Big Horn Rams 3-5 to finish 2013
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Rams ran into Wyoming Indian Friday night, but turned around with a win over Wind River Saturday.
Connor McCafferty scored 17 points and Colter Carzoli chipped in 13, but the Chiefs were too much as they beat Big Horn 95-56.
Bouncing back with a win to send them into their two-week holiday break, the Rams defeated Wind River 68-58 Saturday at Wind River.
When it comes to what they need to work on before they take the court again, head coach Ryan Alley said he’d like his team to simply put together four full quarters of good basketball. The Rams break until Jan. 10 when they host Wright.
Lady Rams go 1-1 Saturday
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Lady Rams enter the break after a solid 2-1 weekend on a long road trip.
Starting Saturday with a 40-38 win against Big Piney, they fell 73-41 to close 2013.
The Lady Rams are 3-6, trailing Sundance (4-3) and Tongue River (6-2) in early 2A Northeast Standings.
They’ll resume play Jan. 10 at home against Wright, playing in Moorcroft the following day.