Big Horn boys turn it around
After a pair of hard losses, the Big Horn varsity boys came back strong against Harrison-Willow Creek on Dec. 19 at home. Kolya Bough kicked things off in the second half, hitting a three to take the lead 25-24. But then the Wildcats’ zone defense cooled Lone Peak’s offensive production, until Junior Milosz Shipman turned it on.
Milosz would go on to hit a game high 17, securing the victory over Harrison-Willow Creek, 53-49. Also contributing with 12 points each were
Bough and Jackson Wade, who racked up a double-double
with 10 rebounds.
Head Coach Austin Barth said he was impressed with the defensive pressure and the fact the Big Horns shot 70 percent from the free throw line, with four at the end of the game to put it out of reach.
The victory was especially welcomed following two losses. The first came against White Sulphur Springs. At the end of the third period in this home conference opener, Wade got an offensive rebound and put back as the buzzer sounded, cutting the Hornet lead to one point.
Wade continued to aggressively rebound and Liam Germaine found open shots at the key and a layup, but missed both. Down by four with less than two minutes to play, Wade lost control of the ball on the baseline and White Sulphur stretched the lead to nine.
A late three pointer by Frankie Starz and a second blocked layup by Bough were not enough to hold off the Hornets, who sank free throws and sealed the win, 55-66.
The following day, down in Churchill against Manhattan Christian, Lone Peak ran into an offensive and defensive buzz saw, falling to the Eagles 25-83.
A few days later, Head Coach Austin Barth reflected on the big loss, saying, “Our focus for the week is to move forward. We got an idea of what kind of team we are right now. With that, we are not at the place that we want to be. We are going to move the bar higher and expect more from our team. Looking at stats from the Manhattan Christian game, they played the style of defense that we want to be playing. We had our worst game in terms of both turnovers and rebounding. The positive thing that we have seen already is that this team cares. Walking into the locker room after the game the boys felt the right
kind of emotions after a game like that.”
Lone Peak boys’ and girls’ next travel to face Shields Valley on Dec. 22, then are back home Jan. 5 vs. Twin Bridges followed the next day with another road game in Gardiner on Jan. 6.