Austin Samuels faces heavy defense as he goes for the basket. PHOTO COURTESY SUNNY HARMON

Finding their rhythm

A mid-season basketball update from Athletic Director John Hannahs

We are now halfway through the basketball season and the second half of district play is about to begin. This is always an exciting time of year because you have seen each team at least once and coaches get the opportunity to more thoroughly tailor their strategy toward different teams in preparation for the district tournament. 

The Lady Big Horns are having a great season under head coach Loren Bough. With no upperclassmen and only three players who are not freshmen, the success of the lady's season was uncertain at the beginning of the year. They have since turned many heads and currently sustain a record of 4-4. The upperclassmen trio at the helm consist of junior Ivy Hicks at point guard, as well as junior Sara Wilson, and sophomore Carly Wilson who bolster the teams’ rebounding and defensive play. Freshmen Maddie Cone and Jessie Bough are contributing offensively in a major way and leading a group of eight freshmen that show a lot of promise for the future. Freshman Kate King and Katrina Lang have been contributors for the ladies as well, with King providing offensive support and Lang providing a major presence in the post with her 5'11 build. 

On the boys’ side, the Big Horns are still searching for their first win. Their rocky start can be attributed to restructuring of personnel and a struggle to find an offensive identity. Frankie Starz leads the Big Horns, both in scoring and on the court. Starz has been in a Big Horn jersey since the 8th grade and holds many of the schools offensive records. Austin Samuels and Nick Brester are at the helm with Starz, Samuels providing offensive support and Brester bringing in rebounds with his huge vertical leap. Juniors Nolan Schumacher and Michael Romney have stepped up in a big way as well. Romney provides a leadership and a hustle factor that is impossible to teach, and Schumacher's cool and calm presence in the post means easy baskets and tons of rebounds for the Big Horns. Senior Isaac Gilmore and junior Grayson Gitchell round out the varsity squad with Gilmore on the arc and workhorse Gitchell leading the team in charges taken this year.

"This is without a doubt the hardest working team that I've had the pleasure of coaching, our rocky start is unfortunate and it may not look like it on paper but this is a good team, and people will see what we are capable of before the season is over," said first year Coach John Hannahs.

The boys and girls will look to improve their records vs. West Yellowstone and Sheridan this weekend. Please join us on Friday for Black and Blue Night as we take on our rival West Yellowstone Wolverines. Let's pack the gym and show them the meaning of home court advantage! Wear your black and blue Big Horn gear and come cheer loud!

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