With conference teams getting ready to make their second lap around, the Lady Tigers have picked a good time to put together winning streaks. Other than a narrow loss to Wyopreps #1 Pine Bluffs, NCHS has won five of their last six games.
Friday at Glenrock, Lusk took a first quarter lead of 11-5 and despite not looking crisp managed to keep the Lady Herders just far enough away. The lead was a paltry 14-9 at the half and the Lady Tigers were in for a battle with one of the weaker teams in 2A.
The third quarter was a stalemate as the teams managed a mere six points apiece, but in the fourth quarter Taylor Gaukel and Trisha Hales would carry NCHS. The duo each had two baskets and sank all four of their free throws, as the Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 in the 2A Southeast Region with the 33-26 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 11 3 6 13 33
GLENROCK 5 4 6 11 26
NCHS: 10/44 FG, 2/12 3PT, 11/16 FT, 37 REB, 19 PF, 24 TO
GLENROCK: 10/41 FG, 0/3 3PT, 6/18 FT, 37 REB, 16 PF, 23 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Taylor Gaukel 14, Trisha Hales 7, Mattie Pfister 5, Emma Ceaglske 3, Miranda Gilkey 2, Amanda Smith 2. Rebounds- Gaukel 8, Smith 8, Hales 7, Pfister 6. Steals- Gaukel 5.
On Saturday the Lady Tigers came out much sharper, despite Guernsey-Sunrise being a far worse (and much smaller) opponent. Emma Ceaglske knocked down a pair of three pointers and Lusk was off to a 19-4 first period lead. NCHS head coach Deb Murray shuffled ten players in and out like the turnstiles at Elitch Gardens on a hot day, and so the offense cooled a bit. The lead still grew to 27-10 at halftime for Lusk.
The starters got NCHS going again with a 20-4 third quarter as eight different players scored. Everyone in uniform played during the final quarter as Lusk maintained the 33 point lead for a 56-23 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
G-S 4 6 4 9 23
NCHS 19 8 20 9 56
G-S: 6/34 FG, 1/5 3PT, 10/15 FT, 27 REB, 19 PF, 32 TO
NCHS: 20/51 FG, 2/5 3PT, 14/26 FT, 40 REB, 18 PF, 17 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Smith 10, Pfister 8, Hales 8, Ceaglske 6, Kianna Blackburn 6, Ashley Christianson 6, Gaukel 5, Gilkey 4, Sadie Sturman 2, Mackenzie Lyons 1. Rebounds- Lyons 6, Sturman 5. Assists- Pfister 5. Steals- Christianson 6, Gaukel 5. Good sportsmanship players of the game: Ceaglske and Whitney Martin from G-S.
The JV beat Glenrock 44-23 as Sturman and Julianne Graham each scored nine points. Freshman Miranda Mosley added eight in the win.
The Lady Tigers welcome Lingle-Ft Laramie to Tiger Gym on Friday night (varsity 5:30 p.m.) before Saturday at Burns (1:30 JV, 3 varsity).