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Tigers Cruise Past Cyclones and Survive Hornets Scare

Posted: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013

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Wyopreps.comís third ranked NCHS Tigers picked up a pair of conference wins last weekend in two completely different ways. While Friday had Lusk hungry for some payback against Southeast, it was Saturday at home against Pine Bluffs in a game that was just ugly to watch.

Fridayís trip to Yoder was over almost as soon as it began as Lusk raced out to a 10-0 lead over the winless Cyclones. By the end of the first quarter NCHS held the home team to just two free throws and had a 20-2 lead. While the torrid scoring slowed a bit, it was more due to the Tigers poor shot selection than anything that SE was doing right. When Hunter Dockery nailed a triple at the three minute mark the lead became 27-7 and several Luskites talked of leaving early. The halftime score was 34-8 as nine of the ten Tigers had already scored.

To open the second half Matt VandeBossche sank a three, followed by two more from Dockery and the Lusk boys were feeling good about a small bit of redemption from the way football season ended two months ago. After three quarters the score was 51-13 and by the end of the game the score was an easy 60-20 win.


NCHS 20-14-17-9--60

SE 2-6-5-7--20


NCHS 21/48 FG, 4/20 3PT, 6/9 FT, 50 REB, 14 TO, 16 PF

SE 6/22 FG, 1/13 3PT, 5/17 FT, 31 REB, 23 TO, 10 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Dockery 23, Jordan Jackson 6, Kevin Christianson 6, M. VandeBossche 5, Craig Christianson 5, Derick VandeBossche 5, Travis Smith 4, Denton Shaw 2, Grady Penfield 2, Colter Larson 2. Rebounds- Smith 12, Jackson 8, D. VandeBossche 7. Assists- M. VandeBossche 8. Steals- D. VandeBossche 6.

On Saturday afternoon the Hornets came to Tiger Gym with serious intents on beating the home team. The game was quite physical from the start and the officials seemed intent on letting the game proceed that way. PB led 2-0 with nearly half of the first quarter expired, but Lusk clawed back to get a 6-5 lead after one. The teams traded as many baskets as turnovers as neither team could settle into a rhythm. The halftime score was 12-11 in favor of the Hornets, yet the turnovers were tied at 14.

Dockery, Smith and K. Christianson each scored early and Luskís biggest lead was 17-12 before slipping defensively and letting the Hornets hang around. With just one quarter to play NCHS held a slim 23-22 lead. A Shaw triple opened the fourth but PB quickly got that back were ahead 30-28 with 2:20 to go. A pair of Smith baskets tied the game at 32 and Dockeryís jumper with 26 seconds to play gave Lusk the 34-33 lead. PB scored quickly but it was Smith again with the layup at nine seconds for the 36-35 lead. The Hornets wasted almost seven seconds before a timeout was called. Just 1.2 seconds remained for PB, yet Taylor Fornstromís midcourt heave was not close. The Tigers escaped with the 36-35 win to make it to 4-0 at the midpoint of the conference schedule.


PB 5-7-10-13--35

NCHS 6-5-12-13--36


PB 14/42 FG, 0/3 3PT, 7/23 FT, 46 REB, 24 TO, 13 PF

NCHS 15/51 FG, 1/5 3PT, 3/7 FT, 37 REB, 18 TO, 22 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Smith 11, Dockery 8, Shaw 5, K. Christianson 4, D. VandeBossche 4, M. VandeBossche 2, Penfield 2. Rebounds- Smith 10, Jackson 5. Steals- Smith 5.

The JV swept their games with a 49-18 win at Southeast, as Logan Lamar led the team with 12 points. They beat PB by a 55-37 score the next day. Jackson led with 16 points and D. VandeBossche added 11.

The 11-1 Tigers host LingleFt. Laramie Friday night at 7, while the JV plays at LEMS at 4 p.m. Saturday all three squads are in action with games at Saratoga starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.

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