Tigers beat Tongue River in North/South Finale

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3A Newcastle visited Tiger Gym last Tuesday to open the new year before the Tigers went to Sheridan County for the North/South Shootout over the weekend. Against the Dogies Cole Hart knocked down a three pointer and Jake Heil had Lusk’s other eight points in the slim 14-11 deficit. Dylan Miller and Ryan Bruegger combined for eight points in a row before Teagan Tschacher and Ryan Gilkey knocked down treys. At the half the Dogies led by just one, 32-31.

It all disappeared early in the third as turnovers and poor shot selection found NCHS in a ten point hole rather quickly. By the end of the period Newcastle had stretched the lead to 59-38, and outscored the Tigers 13-9 in the fourth to win 72-47.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NEWCASTLE 14 18 27 13  72

NCHS 11 20 7 9  47

TEAM STATS

NEWCASTLE: 23/41 FG, 6/23 3PT, 8/18 FT, 31 REB, 7 TO, 10 PF

NCHS: 14/28 FG, 5/17 3PT, 4/8 FT, 42 REB, 37 TO, 16 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 12, Heil 12, Tschacher 9, Bruegger 6, Miller 4, Hart 3, Declan Jensen 1. Rebounds- Miller 8, Heil 7, Gilkey 6, James Stone 5. Good Sportsmanship players of the game were Tiger senior Dylan Miller and Dogie soph Dylan Tidyman.

The Tigers struggled early against Kaycee in Big Horn Friday as the Bucs took a 19-9 first quarter lead and held a ten point lead again at the break. Gilkey had a career-high 22 points in trying to keep the Tigers close but after three it was 46-32. In the final period NCHS could not cut the gap and lost by the 56-42 score.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 9 10 13 10  42

KAYCEE 19 10 17 10  56

TEAM STATS

NCHS: 20/45 FG, 0/6 3PT, 2/8 FT, 38 REB, 20 TO, 17 PF

KAYCEE: 20/39 FG, 2/20 3PT, 10/19 FT, 34 REB, 13 TO, 12 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 22, Miller 6, Heil 4, Bruegger 3, Alec Penfield 2, Stone 2, Tschscher 2, Hart 1. Rebounds- Miller 10, Gilkey 7.

Friday night against the homestanding Rams, NCHS got off to a 13-7 lead before Big Horn began to look like the team many expected. They went on an 18-7 second period run to gain the 25-20 lead at the half. When the teams played back in the first game of the season, BH was without a pair of key starters and their presence helped the Rams stretch the lead. Kade VanDyken scored all 20 of his points in the second half as the lead grew to 43-31 with one quarter to go. NCHS took the period but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 55-44 final.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 13 7 11 13  44

BH 7 18 18 12  55

TEAM STATS

NCHS: 13/28 FG, 3/11 3PT, 9/19 FT, 36 REB, 19 TO, 19 PF

BH: 13/34 FG, 5/13 3PT, 14/26 FT, 32 REB, 12 TO, 19 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 18, Heil 13, Tschacher 8, Penfield 3, Bruegger 1, Hart 1. Rebounds- Heil 10, Miller 6. 

After a lot of windshield time and basketball in 30-something hours, the Tigers went to Dayton to take on Tongue River Saturday afternoon. The Eagles held a slim 13-11 lead after one quarter, but Miller continued a good start with 18 of his career high 22 points coming in the first half. The Tigers took the two point lead into the locker room, but TR would not fold. Lusk’s lead was trimmed to 42-41 after three, but a Penfield triple was the difference in the end as NCHS improved to 4-6 with the 54-50 win.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 11 17 14 12  54

TR 13 13 15 9  50

TEAM STATS

NCHS: 19/53 FG, 2/7 3PT, 10/22 FT, 49 REB, 19 TO, 21 PF

TR: 14/35 FG, 2/12 3PT, 16/24 FT, 30 REB, 21 TO, 22 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Miller 22, Heil 8, Gilkey 7, Bruegger 6, Stone 6, Penfield 3, Hart 2. Rebounds- Miller 12, Heil 8, Stone 6.

The JV let a lead against Newcastle slip away as the visitors won 43-39. The C squad lost 21-20 to the Dogies in two quarters of action.

This week the Tigers host LFL Friday night (4 at LEMS and 7 at NCHS) before games at Burns (2:30 and 4 p.m.) on Saturday to open conference play.


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