GUERNSEY – The basketball teams squeezed in games at Guernsey last Tuesday before the holiday break. Both varsity teams won and the C squad girls also won. Practice resumes for both teams on Dec. 27.
The Lady Tigers got 14 points from five different players and off to an eight point lead, but turnovers kept the game closer than it should have been. At halftime the Lady Tigers lead was 25-16 and key free throw shooting helping the cause. Lusk extended the lead by three entering the final quarter and was able to pull away for the 46-31 win. NCHS made 18 of 29 free throws in the game- good for 62 percent.
NCHS 14 11 9 12 46
GSHS 6 10 6 9 31
NCHS14/49 FG; 0/9 3PT; 18/29 FT; 40 REB; 12 PF; 23 TO
GSHS 12/45 FG; 1/ 2 3PT; 6/11 FT; 32 REB; 19 PF; 17 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Taylor Gaukel 13, Ashley Christianson 10, Julianne Graham 8, Anna Richardson 6, Mackenzie Lyons 5, Kianna Blackburn 2, Sadie Sturman 2. Rebounds- Graham 10, Gaukel 9, Lyons 5. Steals- Gaukel 5.
The C squad faced the Lady Vikings JV and had little trouble in the 33-13 win. Four Lady Tigers had six points each as Calli Klein, Jaden Stauffer and sisters Peyton and Abby Kottwitz did most of the offensive work.
The Tiger boys matched up with the home team and were off to a 13-2 lead after one quarter. Jayden Matthews had a career night as he got hot from three point land in the second. The senior- in his first year of varsity, lit the Vikings up for four treys in about two minutes. The outburst helped push NCHS out to a 36-16 halftime lead.
Matthews buried two more after the break and finished six of nine on the evening for 20 points. The lead was 52-26 entering the final frame and all 14 Tigers on the roster got into the game in the 62-40 win.
NCHS 13 23 16 10 62
GSHS 2 14 10 14 40
NCHS 16/44 FG; 7/12 3PT; 9/16 FT; 35 REB; 20 TO; 18 PF
GSHS 14/34 FG; 2/10 3PT; 6/15 FT; 34 REB; 31 TO; 15 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Matthews 20, Ryan Bruegger 10, Teagan Tschacher 7, Alec Penfield 6, James Stone 5, Jacob Miller 4, Wyatt Stauffer 4, Damein Molzahn 2, Mason Wells 2, Ben Eiden 2. Rebounds- Stone 8, Bruegger 5.
The break is short-lived however as both teams head to the massive Taco Johns Invitational in Cheyenne Jan. 3-5. The Tigers face the South JV (12:30 p.m. Thursday) at South High, Kelly Walsh JV (5 p.m. Friday) and Wheatland (10:30 a.m. Saturday) both at Storey Gym. The JV has games against the South sophs (11 a.m. Thursday), KW sophs (3:30 p.m. Friday) and Wheatland (9 a.m. Saturday).
The Lady Tigers open at South to face their JV (11 a.m. Thursday), Sheridan JV (9:30 a.m. Friday) at East HS and Wheatland (noon Saturday) at Storey Gym. The JV has games at the East sophs (8 p.m. Thursday), Sheridan sophs (11 a.m. Friday) at East and vs Wheatland (9 a.m. Saturday) at South.