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.
Following are high-game and high-series scores from last week at Fat Cat Lanes in Laurel: League, high game, high series
Rockcreek: Joyce Lorash 185, Kathy DeVries 483
Guys and Gals Women: Alicia Davis 199, 529
Guys and Gals Men: Blaine Dahl 237, 679
American: Erik Freeman 279, Chuck Miller 714
Pintoppers: Shelle Barker 237, 560
Thursday Mixers Women: Shelle Barker 192, 517
Thursday Mixers Men: Steve Murch 244, 665
National: Bryan Stewart 246; Chuck Miller 641
Fat Cat Seniors Women: Judy Burke 194, 512
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.
The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Joliet High School head girls and boys basketball coach John Nelson about bow hunting and how coaching both girls and boys basketball teams does not make him crazy.
Nelson was born in Colorado and moved to Red Lodge when he was in the fourth grade. He graduated from Red Lodge High School and then went to Jamestown College (now University of Jamestown) in Jamestown ND, where he played baseball and graduated with an elementary education and physical education degree.