Bus rides and basketball

Girls and boys basketball share 2-4 record with an upcoming break

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. With the bus driver shortage, we take a yellow school bus instead of a coach bus and even the coaches are sore and disjointed when we arrive for the game,” said Bough.

The Lady Bighorns first played at Gardiner on Friday night. They unfortunately lost by 10, 50-40. After another long bus ride on Saturday, the girls played White Sulphur Springs. The Lady Bighorns won the game 52- 42. Head coach Bough walked away from the weekend excited about the team's shooting. In only two games, the girls made 58 three-point attempts.

“We believe basketball teaches grit and toughness—life lessons. From a team perspective we focus togetherness and unselfishness—if one girl goes down four come pick her up. Make the extra pass whenever possible. The only statistics that matter are team wins,” said Bough.

The boys also fell to Gardiner on Friday in a close game. Gus Hammond led all scoring with 19 points, followed by Max Romney with eight, and Juliusz Shipman with seven. Despite the four-hour drive, the boys nearly walked away with a win. The final score was 46-44 in favor of Gardiner.

The Bighorn boys struggled to get their offense going and finished the first quarter with only four points in their matchup against White Sulphur Springs on Saturday. White Sulphur Springs, on the other hand, started out the game well and never let the Bighorns back into the game. The final score was 69-55 in favor of White Sulphur Springs. Max Romney contributed 21 points and Gus Hammond added 14 points.

After a long road weekend, the entire Lone Peak High School basketball program will take a break for the holidays. Both girls and boys varsity will start back up on Jan. 4 for a home game against Harrison/Willow Creek followed by an away game against Ennis on Jan. 6. 

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