CASPER — Semifinal losses are different for everyone.
For the Big Horn Rams, it’s disappointing for a talent-laden team that just as easily could have been hoisting a state title trophy Saturday night at the Casper Events Center.
Instead, the Big Horn Rams state championship hopes were shattered by a hot-shooting Lusk team Friday night.
“There’s nothing you can tell the kids to make them feel better,” Rams’ head coach Ryan Alley said. “We ran into a team that is hitting on all cylinders right now. It’s not going to help, but we have a game tomorrow. We’ll try to maintain some focus in tomorrow’s game, but it still hurts.”
It wasn’t that the Rams played particularly poorly. In fact they played well for most of the game, but Lusk was somewhat untouchable after a 5-8 night from behind the arc and a 22-46 night from the field. The Rams were 6 of 22 from behind the arc and just 21 of 64 shooting overall.
Matthew Wigglesworth again did as much as he could for the Rams, scoring 12 points and hauling in five boards. Colter Carzoli and Kaul Eisele scored 11 apiece for Big Horn.
Matthew Wigglesworth rises for a layup on a Rams’ fastbreak in the first half of Big Horn’s semifinal game against Lusk Friday night at the Casper Events Center.
Big Horn trailed 17-12 after one quarter and seemed ready to take control as they only trailed by one point, 28-27, at the half.
But Lusk came out fast and built a 10-point lead they wouldn’t easily let go. The Rams couldn’t seem to hit a shot to narrow the deficit, as they were 12-37 from the field in the second half. Lusk would hit 21 of their 28 free throw attempts to keep the score out of reach.
The Rams have been stacked with athletes for the two major sports this year, but fallen just short of their title shot in both football and basketball with semifinal losses to two good teams.
“I feel for them,” Alley lamented. “They’ve worked really hard to get to that point only to come up short,” he added. “(In) both sports, I hate that especially for the seniors. We just talked about this turnaround, because whoever loses this game (Lovell-Thermopolis) is going to be in the same boat we are.”
The Rams will play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the other semifinal game between Lovell and Thermopolis. The 3rd-4th game will be at Kelly Walsh High School.
“We’ve talked about winning the last game we played, and we still have an opportunity to do that,” Alley said.
A-C stays alive at state
Posted in Sports, Local sports on Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:16 am. Updated: 1:16 am.
CASPER — Sheridan County was two for two in elimination games Friday morning, as Arvada-Clearmont stayed alive at the 1A girls state tournament.
Playing Ten Sleep at Casper College in the early 9 a.m. slot, the Lady Panthers pounded the Lady Pioneers 46-22. A-C fell to defending state champs Little Snake River Thursday morning out of the winners bracket, but will now play for the consolation title at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Casper Events Center.
Shayna Kretschman scored 20 points, Bailey Roebling added 14 and Keely Rockafellow chipped in 10 as the Lady Panthers used a 19-5 third-quarter run to pull away from Ten Sleep. A-C was up 15-11 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Pioneers 28-11 in the second half.
Their Saturday morning opponent will be the winner of a game between Burlington and Kaycee.