After a tight hard-fought game through three quarters the Locos were able to pull away with a huge 27-8 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter against Billings Senior and get the win, 67-52.
“We didn’t defend very well in the first half,” said LHS head coach Pat Hansen. His boys gave up 44 points through three quarters and actually entered the final period down by four. They had foul problems in the first half and worked very hard to stay close until they could make a run. Just trying to “weather the storm” said Hansen.
In a tough loss to Billings Senior at home, the lady Locos had a hard time scoring in their 62-40 loss last Thursday. Rylee Clark went ice cold, a very unusual sight to see, with defenders swarming her and getting a hand in her face on every shot forced her into just three-points for the game.
Dakota Boehler went down early with what looked like an ankle injury and was escorted into the locker room. Moments like that bring a odd quietness to home fans, however she returned just a few minutes later to rejoin her team, but still wasn’t much help, only scoring eight points.
Panthers dominate Scouts
On Thursday night the Panthers dominated the Lady Scouts of Bridger starting with an 8-2 run in the first followed with a 14-3 run in the second to end the half up 22-5. The second half proved to be much of the same. This allowed coach Gauthier to give everyone playing time, resulting in the bench contributing 16 points to the final of 42-13.
M. Verke 9, S. Brantetter 7, S. Kluth 6, K. Robbins 5, T. Ray 4, B. Vandoren 4, B. Verke 3, A. Grabowska 2, B. Frank 2.
Park City lost back to back games by a combined eight points. They lost to Bridger 50-45 last Thursday and then two days later gave up another to Harlowton 51-48. Both games could have gone either way, but the Panthers had a very slow start on the offensive end and in both games they could never fully recover.
Against Bridger the Panthers were outscored 20-2 in the first quarter and crawled all the way back to pull within single digits before the last quarter. Connor McNeil, Talon Johnstone and Lane Lowell from Park City all scored in the double-digits, but it wasn’t enough.
Winter break came and went and though there was no school and no basketball games scheduled, the Laurel girls still practiced hard and are now ready to get back into action and settle in.
“We practiced hard and want to get back into our regular flow,” said coach Amber Griffith.
Both Laurel teams faced a rocky start to the season as early games in December had been cancelled and rescheduled. The girls are excited to have games coming up so they can get more into a rhythm as a team.
Coach John Nelson made sure his girls were ready to run after a long winter break. They made a complete team effort en route to a 58-26 victory over Bridger Tuesday night.
“We knew we could take care of business,” said Tayler Wright.
The rest of the girls were just as confident and filled up the box score, individually and as a team. In the fourth quarter the Scouts only scored three points in their 32 point loss.
Coach John Nelson has his hands full as he coaches both girls and boys basketball teams for Joliet this season. Credit is due to him and his players however, as they both have had great starts to the season. Still early, the girls are only two games under .500 and the boys are 4-1.
His girls beat Shepherd and his boys lost against Shepherd. His girls lost to Columbus and his boys beat Columbus. There most likely will be some strange and emotion-filled nights for Nelson this year being at the helm of both teams. His teams can lose and win in the same night.
The basketball game took longer and the players went harder, but the result still wasn’t what coach John Nelson wanted for his boys. The J-Hawks lost in the extra period (OT) by one point. The loss could be attributed to a missed free throw in the first quarter or a sharpshooter who had his foot right on the line and hit a two-pointer instead of a three-pointer. Certainly, the players have mulled over the game, as a tight game is almost always analyzed and reanalyzed after a loss.
Park City’s head girls basketball coach Michelle Gauthier has a team of fast and dangerous Panthers on the basketball court, with her girls holding a 5-2 record and boasting a very talented roster for the season. But off the court?
“On Wednesday afternoon we are getting together after practice for a cookie baking challenge and cookie decorating,” said Gauthier.
The girls have friendships on and off the court and it is translating to wins and life lessons.