Niobrara County High School boys go 1-2 in busy week

The Tigers had a busy split week after the trip to Pine Bluffs was postponed, and faced Glenrock and Guernsey-Sunrise over the weekend.

On Jan. 23 Lusk went to PB and the Wyopreps second-ranked team wasted little time in taking a big lead. After one quarter the score was 29-7, and by halftime advanced the lead to 54-17. The Hornets never let off the full court pressure until late in the game and forced NCHS into 28 turnovers. With the running clock in motion, it was 80-28 with just the fourth period to play, in what became the 84-36 final score.


NCHS 7 10 11 8  36

PB 29 25 26 4  84


NCHS: 11/29 FG, 3/15 3PT, 5/11 FT, 27 REB, 28 TO, 7 PF

PB: 25/39 FG, 10/29 3PT, 4/10 FT, 44 REB, 9 TO, 11 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 11, Bruegger 8, Heil 8, Penfield 4, Hart 3, Miller 2. Rebounds- Miller 6. 

Against Glenrock Friday night neither team shot the ball well in the first half, and six Tiger turnovers in the opening stanza helped the Herders to a 10-6 lead. Throughout the second, both squads played with great energy-yet managed a combined 13 points. The score was a low 17-12 at the break.

Whatever visiting coach Shawn Huxtable said at halftime or maybe the water was blessed on that side of the building- it worked. Glenrock eased out to a 22-14 lead before sinking three-pointers on four of five possessions. The 16-8 run was more than the Tigers could keep up with in what suddenly was a 38-22 score. NCHS fought to get back in the game but aside from freshman Ryan Bruegger’s first career three pointer, the Tigers came up short 52-38.


GLENROCK 10 7 21 14  52

NCHS 6 6 10 15  37


GLENROCK: 12/27 FG, 7/18 3PT, 7/11 FT, 33 REB, 15 TO, 18 PF

NCHS: 11/39 FG, 1/12 3PT, 12/15 FT, 34 REB, 15 TO, 13 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Bruegger 9, Miller 6, Heil 5, Tschacher 5, Gilkey 4, Hart 4, Stone 4. Rebounds- Bruegger 7, Heil 7, Stone 6. Godd sportsmanship players of the game: Lusk’s Ryan Bruegger and Glenrock’s Payton Steinmetz.

The Tigers went to Guernsey on Saturday, and the game was close for a while. NCHS led 13-10 after one quarter and got eight of their 12 second period points from the charity line. At halftime it was 25-19 Tigers before a big third opened the game up. Hart buried a pair of treys and Gilkey one (to go with six more points) and the defense upped the effort. The NCHS lead grew to 43-23 and Tiger Head Coach Ryan Nelson went deep into his bench in the fourth for the 51-32 win.


NCHS 13 12 18 8  51

G-S 10 9 4 9  32


NCHS: 13/34 FG, 3/9 3PT, 16/27 FT, 32 REB, 23 TO, 17 PF

G-S: 10/32 FG, 3/ 4 3PT, 3/12 FT, 36 TO, 21 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 15, Heil 9, Hart 8, Tschacher 6, Stone 5, Miller 4, Krejci 2, Bruegger 1, Penfield 1. Rebounds- Heil 9. Assists- Hart 5. 

The JV lost to PB 39-31 as Declan Jensen scored eight, Tanner Carpenter seven and Penfield 6. They rebounded to defeat Glenrock 51-33 as Aric Eaton led with ten points. Jensen, Penfield and Krejci combined for another 25 points.

The C squad defeated Torrington 48-39 as Jacob Miller scored a dozen and Jayden Matthews added nine. Carpenter and Eaton added eight apiece. In two quarters against Glenrock the Tigers came up short 20-19, with Matthews scoring 13 of those.

NCHS travels to Lingle Friday before Burns visits Tiger Gym on Saturday. 

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