The Wyopreps second ranked Tigers overcame their worst shooting game of the season to escape Bayard, NE with a six point win last Saturday. The other Tigers scored the first four points of the game before Derick VandeBossche took a steal in for the layup and converted the free throw for Lusk's first points. Bayard kept the lead throughout the quarter, and gained a four point swing when-on a questionable foul by Logan Lamar, the sophomore was hit with a technical foul and sent to the bench for the majority of the game. The home team took advantage and led 13-11 after one quarter.
As much trouble Lusk had shooting against Burns a couple weeks ago, that game paled in comparison to this one. Hunter Dockery made just two of eight three point attempts, the first coming early in the second quarter to keep NCHS close. Matt VandeBossche sank two free throws to give Lusk the 22-20 lead for good with barely a minute remaining in the half. NCHS led 26-22 but was not shooting with much confidence while Bayard's was growing. Sharpshooting point guard Denton Shaw struggled all day-missing all three field goal attempts and six long rangers, and M. VandeBossche was just three of ten from the floor.
Dockery's short jumper pushed the lead to eight at 1:52 remaining, where it stayed until the buzzer at 37-29. Lamar came back in the early minutes of the final period and his triple pushed it to 11 and it looked like NCHS was about to close out the game on a run. Bayard got a couple of uncontested layups and while Lusk missed four free throws in the final minute, time ran out on the home teams bid for an upset. Lusk moved to 12-1 with the 47-41 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 14/37 FG, 3/20 3PT, 10/18 FT, 38 REB, 11 TO, 13 PF
BAYARD 17/43 FG, 0/5 3PT, 7/14 FT, 40 REB, 20 TO, 19 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Dockery 20, M. VandeBossche 10, D. VandeBossche 10, Lamar 5, Shaw 2. Rebounds- D. VandeBossche 11, Dockery 9. Steals- Shaw 4.
The JV came back from ten down at halftime to beat Bayard 51-48 in overtime. Zach Venable led the Tigers sixteen points and 12 rebounds, while Tyler Harris added 14 points.
The C squad also won in Nebraska with a 43-29 score. Taylor Molzahn led NCHS with ten points and 11 rebounds.
This weekend the Tigers begin their second run through the conference schedule with games at Southeast and Burns. Friday's trip to Yoder has JV starting at 3:30 p.m., C squad at 5 and varsity at 7 p.m. Saturday's visit to Burns has C squad at 11:30 a.m., JV at 1 p.m. and varsity beginning at 4 p.m. On Feb. 4 the C squad travels to Glendo for a 6 p.m. start.
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