After a sloppy, but hard fought win over Glenrock last Friday night, the NCHS girls basketball team heads to Gillette for the 2A East Regionals this weekend. The Lady Tigers will be the #2 seed from the SE region and for the first time in many years are balanced enough and capable of making some noise the next two weekends.
Lusk got the first four points but Glenrock has a way of making teams play ugly. As the first period expired the game was a turnover-plagued mess with a six-all tie. The teams traded leads during the second quarter as scoring spurts were nonexistent. The Lady Herders held a 17-15 halftime lead, and the hometown fans hoped this struggle wasn’t what the #2 seed was taking to regionals.
Emma Ceaglske drained a trey to open the third quarter and give the Lady Tigers an 18-17 lead. But again turnovers and ugly play kept the Lady Tigers from running away. With one period to go NCHS held a razor-thin 20-19 advantage. Ceaglske opened the final frame with another triple but the visitors retook the lead. Amanda Smith tied the game at 24 with a free throw before Taylor Gaukel’s three pointer gave Lusk the 27-24 lead with two minutes left. In desperation mode, Glenrock sent the conference’s leading free throw shooter to the line down the stretch. Trisha Hales sank all four attempts as NCHS held on for the 31-27 win.
Seniors Mattie Pfister and Mathilda Schmidt were honored with Tigers James Blackburn, Jacob Muir, Eli Wagner, Monte Wade and boys manager Elise Myer and their families after the game.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
GLENROCK 6 11 2 8 27
NCHS 6 9 5 11 31
GLENROCK: 9/35 FG, 0/10 3PT, 9/13 FT, 30 REB, 17 PF, 21 TO
NCHS: 9/52 FG, 3/16 3PT, 10/18 FT, 40 REB, 15 PF, 16 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Hales 10, Smith 9, Ceaglske 6, Gaukel 6. Rebounds- Gaukel 9, Hales 7, Smith 6. Steals- Pfister 5. Good sportsmanship players of the game: Trisha Hales and Briley James from Glenrock.
The JV won 46-22 as Julianne Graham scored ten points to lead Lusk.
Awaiting the Lady Tigers in the first round will be Sundance, the #3 seed from the NE. Lusk and the Lady Bulldogs have not played this season but have common opponents in Wright, TR and BH. Both teams lost to Wright and Big Horn twice, and while Sundance beat TR twice, a depleted Lusk team lost to the Lady Eagles by one point in Torrington.
Thursday’s tip off is at 5:30 p.m. at Campbell County High School. All ticket price information and brackets can be found at whsaa.org.