Big expectations and a little luck followed the girls and boys Lone Peak basketball teams to Butte last week for a chance to compete in the Class C District Tournament. Both teams needed to win their play-in games to qualify. The boys matched up against White Sulphur Springs and the girls matched up against Lima on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Despite trailing at halftime at home by 14 points, the boys varsity basketball team rode momentum and the crowd’s energy in the fourth quarter and pushed the Gardiner Bruins to a tight finish. A rebound and putback by Juliusz Shipman in the final seconds of the game forced the Bruins into overtime.
The girls and boys varsity basketball teams loaded up the bus and traveled about 10 hours over the weekend for away games against Gardiner and White Sulphur Springs. Loren Bough, the head coach for girls varsity, explained how difficult these away games are for the team. “We departed on Friday and returned on Sunday at 1 a.m.
Though the final score of the homecoming game was 19 to 36 and a win for the White Sulphur Springs Hornets, the Lone Peak Big Horns showed glimpses of brilliance. There is real promise for the future of the young team, Coach Adam Farr said.
Valentines Day did not show either the Big Horns or Lady Big Horns any love on the court against West Yellowstone. They had an off night as the Wolverines found their flow.
LADY BIG HORNS
Lone Peak Big Horns lost by height and not by heart in the Friday night home game against the Twin Bridges Falcons. T he Big Horns were in the game with only three points separating the teams in the first quarter. In the second quarter they started to slide.