The 400 Club: Lady Tigers win Murray's 400th

Coach Murray with her team. Photo/Lisa Shaw

A little-known stat kept quiet during the Lady Tigers 22-5 record last season was head coach Deb Murray’s pursuit of 400 wins. In her eyes it was never a goal, just a result of longevity and success. None of last year’s players knew about this-and those few of us in the know, kept our lips zipped as regionals and state played out. Fate had its’ way and Murray was denied at 399 after losing two in Casper.

Enter a new season with a lot of supporting players becoming leaders, a tough early schedule and uncertainty. Friday morning the Lady Tigers opened the home team’s Coal Miner Classic in Wright. The Lady Panthers held a slim 25-19 halftime lead and fought off Lusk’s comeback attempt in the 44-40 final score.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 9 10 7 14  40

WRIGHT 11 14 6 13  44

TEAM STATS

NCHS 15/40 FG; 1/7 3PT; 9/15 FT; 31 REB; 13 PF; 30 TO

WRIGHT 15/52 FG; 3/8 3PT; 11/28 FT; 38 REB; 8 PF; 13 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Christianson 12, Lyons 8, Richardson 6, Gaukel 5, Blackburn 5, Graham 4. Rebounds- Graham 10.

Greybull is talented and deserving of their #3 preseason rank on Wyopreps. The Lady Tigers got down early but within 25-16 at halftime. The second half was a defensive struggle as the Lady Buffs held on for the 39-30 win.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GREYBULL 16 9 7 7  39

NCHS 10 4 9 7  30

TEAM STATS

GREYBULL 13/50 FG; 3/17 3PT; 10/19 FT; 33 REB; 14 PF; 5 TO

NCHS 11/44 FG; 0/13 3PT; 8/15 FT; 44 REB; 15 PF; 20 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Graham 8, Gaukel 6, Lyons 6, Blackburn 5, Christianson 3, Sturman 2. Rebounds- Gaukel 12, Graham 9, Lyons 6.

The monumental #400 came on Saturday morning against Big Horn, and was much closer than it should have been. A 25-18 halftime lead eroded before the Lady Tigers held on for the 50-47 victory.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

BHHS 8 10 11 18  47

NCHS 6 19 10 15  50

TEAM STATS

BHHS 16/51 FG; 1/ 2 3PT; 12/25 FT; 37 REB; 14 PF; 18 TO

NCHS 19/43 FG; 4/8 3PT; 8/16 FT; 30 REB; 20 PF; 29 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gaukel 16, Lyons 10, Christianson 8, Blackburn 8, Bryn Bruch 2, Sturman 2, Richardson 2, Graham 2. Rebounds- Graham 9, Lyons 5. Assists- Gaukel 5.

The JV won both games in Wright-opening with a 43-20 win over Big Horn as Jozalyn Potter led the way with 17 points and Danni Larson added seven. On Saturday they beat Greybull 37-25. Potter and Abby Kottwitz each scored ten and Richardson put in eight.

With that hurdle taken care of, the Lady Tigers get some home cooking this week at the Tiger Jamboree. On Dec. 13 Harrison visits Tiger Gym for an early 2 p.m. start before Glenrock, Cheyenne South, Thunder Basin and Minatare bring teams to Lusk for the weekend. NCHS plays the TB JV Friday at 11:30 a.m. before facing the South JV Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Minatare at 4:30 p.m.

The JV Lady Tigers face the South sophs at 2:30 Friday at LEMS, before facing the TB sophs at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Tiger Gym. Their final game is back at LEMS against Minatare at 1:30 p.m.


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