Lady Tigers fare well at Taco John's Invite

Lady Tiger senior Ashley Christianson pushes the ball past the Sheridan JV last weekend. Photo/Lisa Shaw

The Cheyenne Taco Johns Invitational is one of the biggest mid season tournaments and features many bigger schools. NCHS got a taste of a couple 4A JV squads and the 3A Wheatland girls last weekend, while welcoming back sophomores Riley Shaw and Courtney Rowley to the court.

Thursday morning was a rematch with the Cheyenne South JV, and was very similar to their game at the Tiger Jamboree last month. NCHS got off to a strong early lead-as it was 24-10 at the half. Despite far too many turnovers the Lady Tigers rolled to the 44-25 victory.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 10 14 9 13  44

CSJV 4 6 6 9  25

TEAM STATS

NCHS 17/52 FG; 3/14 3PT; 7/14 FT; 40 REB; 12 PF; 24 TO

CSJV 12/51 FG; 0/8 3PT; 1/8 FT; 41 REB; 16 PF; 26 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gaukel 14, Shaw 6, Rowley 6, Christianson 6, Lyons 6, Graham 4, Sturman 2. Rebounds- Christianson 9, Gaukel 7, Graham 7, Lyons 7, Shaw 5. Steals- Lyons 5.

Sheridan’s JV was the foe Friday morning at East High School, and a back and forth first half led to a 21-19 Lusk halftime edge. The Lady Tigers opened up a comfortable lead in the third quarter before going on to the 50-39 win.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 8 13 17 12  50

SHERIDAN JV 6 13 5 15  39

TEAM STATS

NCHS 19/48 FG; 1/9 3PT; 12/21 FT; 32 REB; 18 PF; 19 TO

SHERIDAN JV 13/39 FG; 1/7 3PT; 12/27 FT; 37 REB; 23 PF; 24 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Blackburn 9, Gaukel 8, Graham 7, Shaw 6, Sturman 6, Lyons 6, Rowley 5, Christianson 4. Rebounds- Gaukel 6, Lyons 6, Graham 5. Assists- Rowley 5.

Saturday at Storey Gym the Lady Bulldogs were just quicker to the ball and got transition points in racing to a 33-17 lead at the break. NCHS had a terrible time getting shots to fall, and while playing Wheatland evenly in the second half, the lead was too much to overcome in the 50-37 loss.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 12 5 11 9  37

WHEATLAND 16 17 9 8  50

TEAM STATS

NCHS 13/52 FG; 2/8 3PT; 9/20 FT; 40 REB; 13 PF; 19 TO

WHEATLAND 2/52 FG; 1/8 3PT; 7/9 FT; 34 REB; 15 PF; 18 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Blackburn 8, Graham 8, Christianson 7, Rowley 4, Gaukel 4, Shaw 3, Sturman 2, Lyons 1. Rebounds- Gaukel 10, Christianson 6, Graham 5, Lyons 5.

The JV had a rough weekend with losses to the East sophs 47-35, Sheridan sophs 51-30 and Wheatland JV 35-21.

With all the early tournaments wrapped up, it’s time to get into conference play. The 7-4 Lady Tigers travel to Lingle Friday for a SEWAC game (4/5:30 p.m.).

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