LINGLE – When the Niobrara County High School Tigers and the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers met at Tiger Gym a few weeks ago, the visitors used a 14-2 second quarter run to pull away and win by 25 points. Friday’s game in Lingle was much closer than the Doggers anticipated.
Damien Molzahn opened the scoring with a three pointer and the Tigers led 9-5. A late run from the home team pushed them ahead 11-9 after one period.
A pair of Cordell Forkner threes helped L-FL open an eight-point lead, before Tanner Carpenter got the Tigers back within two as halftime approached. Another late surge from the Doggers moved the score to 25-17 at the break.
Carpenter hit another long-range bomb, yet Lusk couldn’t get closer than five points. The 31-26 score with one quarter to play was manageable. Walker Kupke sank two timely treys and Carpenter added another as the Tigers were within three points with 2:28 to play. The Doggers made the important free throws count and held on for the 46-39 win over NCHS.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 9/30 FG; 6/18 3PT; 3/6 FT; 32 REB; 10 AST; 5 STL; 18 TO; 17 PF
L-FL 14/24 FG; 4/10 3PT; 6/20 FT; 27 REB; 14 AST; 10 STL; 17 TO; 11 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Carpenter 13, Bruegger 10, Stauffer 7, Kupke 6, Da. Molzahn 3. Rebounds- Carpenter 12, Bruegger 7. Assists- Stone 5.
LUSK ñ Like the Tigers, Moorcroft has had a difficult time putting wins together, but was coming off one against Edgemont, S.D. the previous night. Wyatt Stauffer sank a triple, and his nine-point quarter got the Tigers off to an 18-11 advantage. Seven Lusk players scored in the second quarter as the Tigers used a 16-4 run to get the lead to 20 points at halftime.
Carpenter converted an old fashioned three-point play, and Stauffer kept his strong night going with eight third period points. As head coach Ed Fullmer cleared his bench, the Tigers celebrated the end of a ten-game losing streak with the 65-41 victory.
The Tigers went to Guernsey Monday night and defeated the Vikings 63-40 as Bruegger led with 20 points.
On Friday they travel to Glenrock (JV 3:30 p.m./varsity 6:30 p.m.) before a trip to Southeast (JV 1 p.m./varsity 4 p.m.) on Saturday.
The junior varsity team beat L-FL 38-9 in two quarters as Dylan Molzahn led with a dozen points. On Saturday they came back from behind to win 43-37. The shorthanded Tigers played the final four-plus minutes with just four guys on the court after Molzahn and Wells fouled out. Eaton hit five treys in pacing NCHS with 20 points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
MHS 10/26 FG; 3/20 3PT; 12/14 FT; 39 REB; 8 AST; 3 STL; 29 TO; 18 PF
NCHS 23/55 FG; 2/13 3PT; 13/23 FT; 40 REB; 17 AST; 16 STL; 13 TO; 15 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Stauffer 21, Carpenter 14, Bruegger 13, Dy. Molzahn 7, Da. Molzahn 4, Stone 4, Eaton 1, Kupke 1. Rebounds- Bruegger 9, Stauffer 7, Dy. Molzahn 6, Stone 5. Assists- Stone 11.