With the postseason looming around the corner, it appears the Tigers may find themselves on the outside looking in for the first time in two decades. While Regional formats have changed over time, NCHS was always there. Not to say this season is done yet, the Tigers have three conference games left and a sweep could set up a pigtail game on Feb. 20 to qualify for the 2A East Regional at Gillette Feb. 23-25.
Last Friday in Tiger Gym the high-energy Doggers got off to a blazing start as three different players nailed three pointers. Everything LFL threw at the hoop went in, and only a James Stone trey at the buzzer got Lusk within 25-9 after one period. The visitors shooting cooled off but the Tigers shooting woes continue and could not cut into the deficit.
Both team defenses made stops in the third quarter, as LFL moved the lead to 46-21. Eli Wagner and Monte Wade connected on long range bombs and Teagan Tschacher buried three of four free throws, but the lead was too much for the weary Tigers. Ryan Gilkey’s 30 foot desperation heave at the buzzer left NCHS on the short end of the 55-36 score.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
LFL 25 11 10 9 55
NCHS 9 6 6 15 36
LFL: 18/34 FG, 5/11 3PT, 4-6 FT, 40 REB, 14 TO, 9 PF
NCHS: 9/38 FG, 4/19 3PT, 6/12 FT, 32 REB, 9 TO, 9 PF
NCHS TEAM STATS: Scoring- Stone 7, Gilkey 6, Wagner 5, Jake Heil 4, Alec Penfield 4, Tschacher 3, Wade 3, Dylan Miller 2, Jacob Muir 2. Rebounds- Miller 5, Wade 5. Good sportsmanship players of the game: Muir and Justice Madayag from Lingle.
Saturday at Burns the Broncs did not match their 25-0 first quarter outburst as they did in Lusk last month, but again the Tigers came out flat. The home team opened a 19-5 lead after one but a pair of Gilkey treys helped get the Tigers within 25-15 at the break.
Burns extended the lead after halftime to 37-19 before the fourth quarter saw a lot of player shuffling from both coaches in the 49-30 final score.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 5 10 4 11 30
BURNS 19 6 12 12 49
NCHS: 10/38 FG, 3/18 3PT, 1/5 FT, 31 REB, 12 TO, 10 PF
BURNS: 20/36 FG, 2/6 3PT, 3/7 FT, 33 REB, 15 TO, 7 PF
NCHS TEAM STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 11, Miller 4, Muir 4, James Blackburn 2, Heil 2, Penfield 2, Wade 2, Wagner 2, Stone 1. Rebounds- Miller 7.
The JV beat LFL 50-29 as Heil led with 17 points and seven rebounds. Penfield added seven points while Jayden Matthews and Wyatt Stauffer scored five apiece. Cole Hart dished out seven assists. In Burns they lost a close 44-43 game as Tschacher led with 16 points.
This week the Tigers host Southeast (JV 4 p.m. and varsity 7) before visiting the Hornet’s Nest on Saturday. JV starts at 1 before varsity at 4 p.m. Lusk finishes the regular season on Feb. 17 as Glenrock visits Tiger Gym.
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