Point guard Kolya Bough skies to the hoop. He finished the Shields Valley game with 5 points.

Got the W, but team wants more

The Shields Valley varsity boys were winless until 24 hours before their match up with Lone Peak. 

Still basking in the victory from the night before, Shields Valley captain and post player Hunter Greenfield recalled how he put his team over the top against Roberts and earned the Rebels’ first win of the year. 

“They popped it to me and I was at the free throw line,” said Roberts, who beamed at the memory of sinking the winning shot the night before. 

Greenfield would go on to hit a team-high 10 points against Lone Peak, as both teams struggled to get it in
the basket. 

The Rebels box and one zone defense, with Greenfield in the center, forced Lone Peak to look for outside shots, which didn’t always fall. Kolya Bough and Milosz Shipman showed off some nice ball handling, with Bough putting it behind his back on the dribble and Shipman with a dexterous save. 

The first half ended with Lone Peak up by 11, 23-12, thanks to steady rebounding and inside scoring by
Jackson Wade. 

In the second half, both teams seized up offensively, and Wade got pulled with 4:10 left after getting into foul trouble. Then with just 90 seconds on the clock and not seeing his team pull away, Coach Austin Barth called a timeout to set up and preserve the Lone Peak lead. Then back on the court, Shipman made a nice feed to Brayden Vaile for an easy bucket, sealing the victory at 34-26. 

Wade led the team in scoring with 17, but afterwards, gave voice to what the Big Horns and the Lone Peak boosters in the stands were thinking: “This game, thankfully it’s over. We played at the low end of our potential today. We’re not a 32-point-per game team. We’re a team that should score in the 60s. Feels good to be the high scorer, but trying to spread the love around make sure everyone scores.”

Shipman added, “I feel like we weren’t where we we’re supposed to be. Too many mistakes. Too many turnovers.”

The holiday break offered a chance for the team to work on its scoring, with practice resuming on Wed. Dec. 27 and the next game not coming until Jan. 5 at home vs. Twin Bridges, then away at Gardiner the next day on Jan. 9. 

“We’ve got a short little break,” said Wade, who also planned to ski during the holiday. “Kind of get our minds right. Come get focused and get two wins when we come back.”


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