LUSK – Friday evening as severe winds descended upon town, the Lingle-Fort Laramie basketball teams made the jaunt north.
While the Niobrara County High School Lady Tigers improved to 8-3, the boys dropped to 5-6 with conference play beginning next week.
The Lady Tigers got off to a fast start with six different players scoring and forcing the visitors into eight first period turnovers. Niobrara County High School led 17-11 after one period before Jozalyn Potter and Courtney Rowley went on a 6-0 run for Lusk to force an L-FL timeout. Neither team did a very good job of taking care of the ball as the lead was 10 points for NCHS entering halftime.
The defensive pressure picked up for the Lady Tigers after the break, and Rowley found her scoring rhythm in the process. The junior has already produced four 20 or more point games this season and put in a dozen of Lusk’s 18 in the third quarter. The Lady Doggers managed just seven points and found themselves in a 48-27 hole with one stanza left. Even though Potter and Anna Richardson went to the bench with five fouls, NCHS rolled to the 67-45 victory. Rowley had her fourth double-double of the season with 27 points and 18 rebounds.
The JV beat L-FL in two quarters 33-31 as Lily Krueger scored 16 and Stauffer added eight. The C squad faced Torrington and couldn’t keep up with the home team in a 44-27 defeat.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS TEAM STATS: 27/62 FG; 2/8 3PT; 7/23 FT; 53 REB; 14 AST; 14 STL
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Rowley 27, Riley Shaw 13, Abby Kottwitz 9, Potter 8, Richardson 4, Bryn Bruch 2, Danni Larson 2, Jaden Stauffer 2. Rebounds- Rowley 18, Richardson 6, Kottwitz 6, Shaw 5, Potter 5. Assists- Shaw 8. Steals- Shaw 5, Rowley 5.
The Tiger boys struggled with the Doggers size from the outset and found the lid closed on the offensive side. James Stone’s triple tied the game at five, but after that, L-FL was in control. They led 12-6 after one period before going on a 14-2 run in the second. By halftime, the visitors had doubled up NCHS 30-15.
Tanner Carpenter sank his second three pointer but otherwise Lusk couldn’t buy a bucket. The Doggers big posts muscled their way around with Ryan Bruegger stifled by foul trouble. The lead became 23 points entering the fourth, and despite treys from Carpenter and Ben Eiden it wasn’t enough in the 53-28 defeat.
The JV had little trouble with the Doggers in a 58-10 win. Aric Eaton and Dayne Lamp each scored 14 with Mason Wells putting in a dozen. Eaton added seven steals and assists, while Wells grabbed six rebounds and Lamp nabbed eight steals. The freshman/sophomore tournament was in Guernsey on Monday night, and they beat Wheatland 64-27 in the first game. Jayce Cummins led with 24 points and seven steals while Dylan Molzahn added 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Tigers also won the nightcap over Guernsey-Sunrise 69-52. Eiden led with 25 points while Cummins added 17 and Molzahn put in 16.
Both teams open quadrant play this weekend with Glenrock and Southeast visiting Tiger Gym. Friday’s games are JV at 4 p.m. (boys at LEMS) with girls’ varsity at 5:30 and boys varsity at 7. On Saturday the JV is at 1 p.m. (boys at LEMS) with girls; varsity at 2:30 and boys’ varsity at 4.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
L-FL: 20/32 FG; 3/13 3PT; 4/7 FT; 35 REB; 19 AST; 6 STL; 13 TO; 5 PF
NCHS: 6/15 FG; 5/32 3PT; 1/6 FT 22 REB; 9 AST; 6 STL; 13 TO; 15 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Carpenter 9, Stone 9, Wyatt Stauffer 3, Eiden 3, Damien Molzahn 2, Bruegger 2. Rebounds- Molzahn 6, Stone 5