Lone Peak Big Horns lost by height and not by heart in the Friday night home game against the Twin Bridges Falcons. T he Big Horns were in the game with only three points separating the teams in the first quarter. In the second quarter they started to slide. Falcons’ 6’6” Charlie Kruer was the points leader for the night, with Big Horns Frankie Starz showing his athleticism by going vertical past the towering Falcons defenders for 14 points. The Big Horns’ stepped-up their defensive game for the Falcons, who are ranked 2nd in the state. This defensive effort included an exceptional blocked shot by Big Horns #20 – Nolan Schumacher – against Falcons’ 6’5” Matthew Kaiser.
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“I thought we played well overall. There were a lot of positives in that game,” head coach John Hannahs said. “Twin Bridges is a strong, well coached team. We worked hard on defense and held our own inside against a big team.” The Big Horns head into practice seeking offensive consistency as a handful of district games approach, Hannahs said.
Lone Peak Lady Big Horns kept in-step with the hawkish Twin Bridges Falcons until the final half of the final quarter. They fought hard, but momentum suddenly and dramatically shifted to the Falcons. Head coach Loren Bough said there was no doubt player fatigue was a major factor in the loss in the Friday night home game. “Twin plays a very aggressive full court man defense and our girls were clearly fatigued,” he said. “Also, Twin shot 24 free throws and we shot 12.” He specified that too many fouls in the fourth quarter and a few missed close shots contributed to the loss. Again, the fourth quarter plagued the Lady Big Horns against the Ennis Lady Mustangs on Saturday. Tied at 30, late in the 4th quarter, Lady Mustang Landri Paladichuk hit two three-pointers to “break the game open,” Bough said. She led all scorers with 17 points. Kate King and Jessie Bough led the Lady Big Horns with 10 and seven, respectively. The Lady Big Horns prepare for back-to-back home games on the 30th and 31st against Gardiner and Shields Valley.