A snowstorm postponed the highly anticipated matchup between Wyopreps #1 NCHS and “almost-ranked #6” Pine Bluffs on Saturday Jan. 20 at the Hornet’s Nest. It was rescheduled for Jan. 23 and lived up to the hype of two teams with deep postseason aspirations. While Hornet All-Stater Kammie Ragsdale could not be stopped, Miranda Gilkey and Courtney Rowley each sank three pointers and combined for 14 of the Lady Tigers 16 points. After one period PB held a slim one point lead. Gilkey drained another trey and Lusk took the 27-24 halftime edge.
The home team trimmed the lead and went ahead 36-34 in the third as foul trouble began to mount for NCHS. Taylor Gaukel came alive in the fourth with eight of her dozen points as Amanda Smith went to the bench with five fouls. Rowley’s shot with 4.7 to play rimmed off and the game went to overtime tied at 50. In the extra time PB snuck away with the 60-58 (Ragsdale 30 pts) win to snap the Lady Tigers’ ten-game winning streak, and potential drop after five weeks atop the 2A rankings. The Lady Hornets will likely move into the Top 5 and the Feb. 10 rematch at Tiger Gym will have high stakes involved.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 16 17 7 16 8 58
PB 17 7 12 14 10 60
NCHS: 18/56 FG, 3/15 3PT, 13/25 FT, 40 REB, 13 TO, 21 PF
PB: 22/46 FG, 0/1 3PT, 16/27 FT, 47 REB, 17 PF, 25 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 16, Gaukel 12, Rowley 12, Hales 6, Smith 6, Lyons 4, Blackburn 2. Rebounds- Gaukel 9, Lyons 8, Hales 6, Rowley 6.
Friday evening against a severely overmatched Glenrock squad, the Lady Tigers showed a rare hangover from the loss in PB. While not ever challenged after a 7-0 lead, Lusk took a bit to recover their swagger. The lead was 14-5 after one period before Rowley, Gaukel and Smith got hot. They combined for 21 points as the lead became 37-7 at halftime. Head Coach Deb Murray subbed frequently in the second half as the running clock began midway through the third quarter. The visitors did not score in the second half and NCHS raced to the 58-7 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
GLENROCK 5 2 0 0 7
NCHS 14 23 14 7 58
GLENROCK: 3/33 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1/ 2 FT, 21 REB, 10 PF, 31 TO
NCHS: 22/46 FG, 3/9 3PT, 5/7 FT, 45 REB, 7 PF, 13 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Smith 18, Gaukel 12, Gilkey 11, Rowley 8, Lyons 4, Hales 3, Shaw 2. Rebounds- Hales 9, Smith 7, Gilkey 6. Steals- Gaukel 6. Good sportsmanship players of the game: NCHS senior Miranda Gilkey and Glenrock junior Yesi Hermosillo.
The JV beat the Lady Hornets 56-33 as Rowley scored 14 and Christianson 12. Friday against Glenrock they had little trouble in the 55-15 victory. Shaw led a dozen different scorers with 11 points and Sturman added eight. The girls went to Guernsey on Saturday and saw the Lady Vikings put up a stronger effort than they showed in Lusk last month. It was 28-17 in favor of Lusk at halftime and the Lady Tigers went on to win 49-35. Blackburn led with nine points, followed by Christianson 8 and Rowley 7.
The C squad let one slip away as the Torrington freshmen came up last Tuesday. Shaw and Rowley combined for 36 but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers lost 52-49. They rebounded with a 35-19 win at G-S as Jozalyn Potter scored 17.
This week the Lady Tigers visit Lingle on Friday before Burns comes to Tiger Gym on Saturday.