Turnovers hurt Tigers in losses

Lisa Shaw/For The Lusk Herald Ryan Bruegger takes to the air against the Pine Bluffs Hornets.

LUSK – Pine Bluffs has won two of the past three state championships, and while two of those teams’ key players are now on the UW basketball roster, the Hornets are still a team that has championship aspirations. Friday in Tiger Gym, the visitors were missing All-State player Tucker Norman, and the Tigers were right there with them for 16 minutes. Jayden Matthews and Jacob Miller sank three pointers 54 seconds apart giving the Tigers a brief 16-15 lead. In what has been a recurring theme-opponents are making three pointers at staggering rates against Lusk. PB hit four in the first and three more in the second, yet clung to a 43-30 lead at halftime, as the Tigers got balanced scoring from six different players.

What happened in the second half was an education the young Tigers could learn from as PB reeled off 31 third quarter points and 20 more in the final stanza. Lusk’s 24 second half points could be a good offensive showing against most opponents, but PB became the third team this year to hit at least 13 treys against Lusk. By the time the clock hit zeros the Hornets put up a dizzying 94 points to Lusk’s 51.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

PBHS 20 23 31 20  94

NCHS 16 14 10 11  51

TEAM STATS

PBHS 25/37 FG; 13/33 3PT; 5/8 FT; 44 REB; 13 TO; 15 PF

NCHS 17/48 FG; 4/15 3PT; 5/10 FT; 33 REB; 20 TO; 8 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: 

Scoring- Bruegger 17, Penfield 6, Matthews 6, Stauffer 5, Eiden 5, Stone 4, Tschacher 3, Miller 3, Carpenter 2. Rebounds- Penfield 7, Carpenter 5, Stone 5.

Sundance tops Tigers on fouls, turnovers

LUSK – It’s been several years since Sundance has been to Lusk and it was sloppy to begin, as each team committed five turnovers. Matthews drilled a corner trey and the Tigers led 11-6 after one. The visitors went on a 13-0 run to take the lead, and at halftime were up 30-18.

The turnovers mounted up for NCHS as the Bulldogs scored 23 points off them, and another 24 on second chance points. Lusk was in a bit of foul trouble and Sundance took advantage on their way to the 64-46 win.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SUNDANCE 6 24 19 15  64

NCHS 11 7 14 14  46

TEAM STATS

SUNDANCE 18/45 FG; 5/15 3PT; 13/21 FT; 45 REB; 21 TO; 17 PF

NCHS 17/45 FG; 1/12 3PT; 9/17 FT; 37 REB; 22 TO; 23 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: 

Scoring- Bruegger 12, Tschacher 10, Carpenter 6, Stone 6, Matthews 5, Penfield 4, Miller 2, Stauffer 1. Rebounds- Penfield 7, Bruegger 7, Stone 5, Tschacher 5, Miller 5. Assists- Stone 6.

JV. holds off Hornets

LUSK – The JV beat Pine Bluffs 57-44 behind Ben Eiden’s 20 points and eight rebounds. Wyatt Stauffer added 14 points and Damien Molzahn added eight assists and six points. They lost a close game to Sundance by a 48-41 score. Eiden scored a dozen and Stauffer got 11 points and eight rebounds.

This weekend the Doggers come to Tiger Gym on Friday (4 and 7 p.m.), before Lusk travels to Moorcroft. It will be the first game for former Tiger Travis Santistevan, now the Wolves Head Coach, against his alma matter. Game times are at 1:30 and 4:30 Saturday afternoon. 


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