BIG HORN — The Big Horn Rams basketball team ran by Wright Friday night, coming home after spending their first nine games of the season on the road.
“Our intensity wasn’t what we wanted it to be early but we were able to play a little better basketball and get things going,” Rams head coach Ryan Alley said after his team’s 74-42 win.
Five Rams finished in double figures; Matthew Hansen (15), Connor McCafferty (13), Colter Carzoli (11), Deven Ibach (10) and Max Lube (10). Ram full-court pressure disrupted the Panthers in the first half and Wright only managed 16 points while the Rams built a 28-point lead that did the trick.
All but one player across the Rams bench scored as the team improved to 4-6 on the year with their first 2A Northeast Conference win, heading into the meat of their schedule. Alley said the key to their success going forward will be consistency.
“We play well in stretches then we kind of fade back a little bit,” he said. “But playing at home was a big boost for us.”
Lady Rams 44, Wright 34
BIG HORN — Bailey Bard scored 11 points, Jayden Mirich added seven and the Big Horn Lady Rams stifled the Wright Lady Panthers Friday night on the way to a 44-34 victory.
The Lady Rams improved to 5-5 and 1-0 in 2A Northeast Conference play, holding their opponent scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. Big Horn led 7-2 after one and again held Wright without a point until there were two minutes left in the half, eventually leading 28-8 at the break.
While things tightened up in the second half, Big Horn’s lead was never threatened.
Teams are in Moorcroft today, and play rival Tongue River next Friday in Dayton.
Lady Eagles fly to 78-11 win in Rawlings return
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Lady Eagles used the return of their All-State point guard to beat Moorcroft 78-11 Friday night on the road.
Tara Stimpson led the way with 17, Cheyloh Bluemel scored 13 and Sarah Rawlings added 11 in her first game this season back from injury. Rawlings was a key part of the team’s 2A state title last March.
Kylee Knobloch scored 11 points as well and Amanda Buller, Kortni Sharp and Eryn Aksamit each had eight points.
Tongue River (7-2, 1-0 2A Northeast) has the day off Saturday and will host Big Horn Friday night.
For the boys, the Eagles fell to Moorcroft Friday night, dropping their first 2A Northeast Conference game of the year.
Head coach Robert Griffin said that they were within two points with one minute left in the game, but an intentional foul was called and the Wolves ran their lead to six points and out of reach.
“We just haven’t won some of these close games,” he said. “We played really well and had fourth-quarter lead.”
He said that Austin Scammon had a monster game with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double, adding that Chase Linhart (6) and Lane Dockery (14) were key as well.
Matt Yellowtail scored 10 and Wyatt Main added eight points.
The Eagles play Big Horn Friday.