Bruins beat Bighorns in Big Sky

Both girls and boys fall to Gardiner on Friday, Jan. 28

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 Bighorns however struggled on offense and the Bruins pulled away. The game finished 54-49.

Coming out after the half time break, the Bighorns picked up the tempo and created a fast paced third quarter. Coach Hannahs constantly used his bench to get fresh legs and put the Bruin ball handlers under pressure with a full court trap.

Slowly the home crowd got more into the game as the boys showed some fight in the fourth quarter. The student section in particular raised the energy in the gym while the Bighorns and Bruins traded buckets in the final few minutes.

With only 30 seconds to go, the Bighorns had the ball down one. Max Romney got to the line for a 1-and-1 but missed the first shot and the Bruins tracked down the rebound. Gardiner hit another free throw at the line, putting the Bruins up two with a few seconds left in the game. Max Romney had fouled out and it wasn’t looking good.

A toss up three pointer from the perimeter appeared to be the Bighorns last hop but it sailed long. Juliusz Shipman collected the rebound and laid it in to tie the game. The gym exploded as students jumped and danced and parents flung their arms up in the air.

Unfortunately, the celebration was short lived as Gardiner gradually pushed their lead to two, then five, and then seven. The Bighorns couldn’t find a reply. The game ended 54-49 in favor of Gardiner.

Gus Hammond led the team with 16 points and Max Romney added 14. Juliusz Shipman, Tony Brester, Ben Saad, and John Chadwell contributed single digits. The Lone Peak High School (LPHS) boys shot 54.6% from the floor.


The Lady Bighorns, in contrast to the LPHS boys, led for most of the game against Gardiner and went into half time up by four.

“We had some big successes tonight which was we pressed the whole game for the first time ever. We just gave up a few too many layups on their fast break,” said head coach Loren Bough.

Asked what happened to the lead, Freshman Addy Malinowski explained the team lost momentum in the final quarter. The girls currently have only nine players on their roster including Freshmen Malinowski and Claire Hoadley.

Jessie Bough played stand up defense against Gardiner’s best perimeter player and Astrid McGuire rebounded well and used her dribble more confidently. The girls ended up losing by about 10 to Gardiner.


The boys play at Shields Valley on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The girls and boys then both host Townsend on Friday, Feb. 4. The girls play first at 5:30 p.m. and the boys varsity plays at 7 p.m. There are only four games—including the two this week—left until the district tournament and the end of winter basketball season for LPHS.


The third grade boys intramural basketball team took the floor at halftime to scrimmage in front of the full gym and get a taste of what it feels like to play high school ball. Asked what it was like to play with so many people watching, one third grader responded with red cheeks and a big smile on his face. “I mean, I love basketball. I’ll never quit.”

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