Taco Johns Invite tough on Tigers

NCHS Head Boys Basketball Coach Eddie Fullmer instructs his team during a timeout at the Cheyenne South JV last week. Photo/Lisa Shaw

CHEYENNE –Coming out of December with a 3-5 record, the Tiger boys work in progress continues to evolve. Three bigger schools on the docket at the massive Taco Johns Invitational last weekend, would see three quality opponents for NCHS.

Thursday morning at Cheyenne South’s JV, Lusk had a chance to avenge a loss at Tiger Gym last month. The Bison took an early advantage and went to halftime up 19-16. NCHS battled back before taking a lead late in the game. Senior Teagan Tschacher made key free throws down the stretch as the Tigers won 39-36.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 8 8 11 12  39

CSJV 13 4 12 7  36

TEAM STATS

NCHS 11/29 FG; 0/7 3PT; 17/26 FT; 28 REB; 15 TO; 9 PF

CSJV 13/28 FG; 3/16 3PT; 1/1 FT; 28 REB; 19 TO; 23 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Tschacher 14, Bruegger 10, Carpenter 7, Penfield 5, Stone 3. Rebounds- Bruegger 6.

Friday evening at Storey Gym, the Kelly Walsh JV looked a bit like the Thunder Basin team that visited our Jamboree this year. Long, athletic shooters helped the Trojans to a 31-6 lead at the break. Lusk’s shooting woes continued, while KW found the three point line very inviting. They buried nine in the game and had the Tiger defense frazzled by the end of the 60-12 final score.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 2 4 3 3  12

KWJV 13 18 14 15  60

TEAM STATS

NCHS 5/27 FG; 0/6 3PT; 2/8 FT; 32 REB; 34 TO; 9 PF

KWJV 15/31 FG; 9/26 3PT; 3/10 FT; 32 REB; 13 TO; 7 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Tschacher 4, Bruegger 4, Stone 2, Miller 2. Rebounds- Bruegger 6. 

Saturday morning, again at Storey Gym the Tigers faced the Wheatland JV. The close, early back and forth action was just an early leadup to the finish. Lusk held a slim 18-14 lead at the midpoint, but the Bulldogs chipped back. A late, deep trey from Wheatland tied the game at the end of regulation, before they snuck away with the 54-52 overtime win.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 11 7 11 15 8  52

WHEATLAND 9 5 17 13 10  54

TEAM STATS

NCHS 20/46 FG; 1/12 3PT; 9/19 FT; 40 REB; 15 TO; 12 PF

WHEATLAND 14/31 FG; 6/20 3PT; 8/11 FT; 34 REB; 19 TO; 17 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Tschacher 21, Bruegger 10, Matthews 7, Penfield 6, Miller 4, Stone 3. Rebounds- Stone 8, Penfield 6, Bruegger 6, Miller 6, Matthews 5. Assists- Stone 5. 

The JV defeated the South sophs 42-34 as Ben Eiden scored 17 points. The KW sophs got the best of Lusk 64-26 and Wheatland won 38-30 over the young Tigers.

NCHS (4-7) has a light week with just a trip to Lingle Friday night. The JV begins at 4 p.m. before varsity at 7.


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