The NCHS girls’ basketball team got their season off to a positive start at the Tiger Jamboree last weekend in Lusk. The Lady Tigers tipped off the two-day tournament with wins over Glenrock and Sundance while falling to Big Horn.
The first game Friday morning was against the 3A Herders and the teams were tied at five before NCHS took the lead for good. After one period the score was 10-5, yet first game jitters were apparent on both sides. In the second the Lady Tigers turned the ball over on seven straight possessions but were fortunate that Glenrock was unable to capitalize. By halftime Lusk had stretched the lead to 15-8. Both teams warmed up after the break and freshman Lexie Dockery’s triple put the Lady Tigers ahead 28-17. As the quarter came to a close the visitors cut the lead to 28-22. Lusk’s defense took over again in the final period, holding Glenrock to just four points. Hailey Bruegger’s layup with less than two minutes to go helped seal the 38-26 NCHS win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
GLENROCK 5 3 14 4 26
NCHS 10 5 13 10 38
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Dockery 13, Bruegger 6, KaciJo Skrukrud 6, Sami Starkey 5, Kassidy Miller 4, Kaylee Seeds 3, Kiffani Skrukrud 2. Rebounds- Starkey 9, Seeds 6. Assists- Starkey 4.
GLENROCK10/48 FG; 1/3 3PTS; 5/9 FT; 33 REB; 19 PF; 16 TO
NCHS 13/36 FG; 1/ 4 3PT; 11/22 FT; 32 REB; 13 PF; 21 TO
Lusk had to wait until 9 p.m. to face Sundance but got off to a good start as Bruegger scored the first four points of the game. Dockery added a pair of early three pointers and after the first quarter, Lusk had taken a 12-8 lead. Both teams struggled with ball control and making many shots, as the halftime score was 20-12. Starkey’s triple at the 3:29 mark finally gave Lusk its biggest lead of the game, as the basket moved the lead to 28-14. Both teams were dog tired as the final quarter began, yet it was the local girls that survived and came out with the 37-24 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
SUNDANCE 8 6 5 5 24
NCHS 12 8 11 6 37
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Bruegger 9, Starkey 9, Dockery 8, Seeds 4, Miller 4, KJ Skrukrud 3. Rebounds- Bruegger 10, Starkey 9. Assists- Dockery 3. Steals- Starkey 5, Amy Bergstrom 3.
SUNDANCE 8/39 FG; 1/11 3PT; 7/12 FT; 32 REB; 9 PF; 9 TO
NCHS 14/59 FG; 3/10 3PT; 6/11 FT; 44 REB; 12 PF; 7 TO
On Saturday the Lady Tigers didn’t play until 3 p.m. against Big Horn-the team NCHS eliminated to qualify for state last spring. BH took the early lead until Dockery’s triple pulled Lusk within 7-5. Both teams played tenacious defense all game and at the quarter it was 10-7 Lady Rams. NCHS forced eight turnovers in the second period and held the visitors scoreless to take the 12-10 halftime edge. A nice play from Miller to KJ Skrukrud helped the Lady Tigers to a 20-16 lead after three. As the game wound down Lusk ran out of gas and began to turn the ball over while sending BH to the free throw line too often. The Lady Rams outscored Lusk 13-2, and in the end had come away with the 29-22 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
BIG HORN 10 0 6 13 29
NCHS 7 5 8 2 22
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Bruegger 6, Starkey 5, Miller 4, Dockery 3, KJ Skrukrud 2, Seeds 2. Rebounds- Seeds 15, Miller 4. Steals- Starkey 4.
BIG HORN 9/34 FG; 2/4 3PT; 9/19 FT; 26 REB; 11 PF; 16 TO
NCHS 10/39 FG; 1/8 3PT; 1/8 FT; 34 REB; 17 PF; 22 TO
The JV opened their season with a pair of wins over the weekend. Friday they defeated Glenrock 26-25 as KJ Skrukrud led with 11 points. Jessica Bruegger added nine points and eight rebounds while Abbey Larson also grabbed eight boards. On Saturday they beat Sundance 39-15. Lexi Blackburn led with 12 points and six rebounds while KJ Skrukrud added six points.
This week the Lady Tigers travel to Wright for the Coal Miner’s Classic. On Friday the varsity faces Greybull at noon followed by a 6 p.m. game with Thermopolis. Saturday’s game is at 11 a.m. against Kaycee. The JV plays Thermopolis Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Greybull Saturday at 2 p.m.
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