Thursday, January 18, 2018

Columbus Cougar senior Ryland Stampfel drives against the J-Hawks at home on Jan. 30. The boys are 7-0 in district play and 10-4 overall. Cougar sophomore Camryn Ault lays the ball up against the Herders in Big Timber on Jan. 29.

Cougars reign atop 4B

Brandon Horton sank all six of his free throws in the last two minutes, and Tanner Osborne worked his usual magic down the stretch as the Columbus Cougars knocked off a determined Joliet team 53-45 to remain unbeaten in District 4B.
Jackson Booth’s two second-quarter jumpers helped Columbus to a 20-16 halftime lead, and Osborne scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, including a sweet baseline shake-and-bake that gave the Cougars a 42-36 lead with three minutes left.
The Cougars made 9-of-12 fourth-quarter free throws, including Chuck Miller’s pair with 30 seconds left to stave off the J-Hawks. Ryland Stampfel pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars.
On Friday ,the Cougars fell to Big Timber 42-40. Columbus faced an early 11-4 deficit but rallied to lead 39-38 late on a Stampfel steal that led to a Kiefer McKay fast break. But the Herders made four straight free throws in the final minute to take the win.
The Columbus girls’ hard-luck season – as well as its losing streak, which has reached six games – continued with losses to Big Timber (29-26) and Joliet (55-52). The team had golden opportunities to win both games, but Tyona Robbin’s free-throw-line jumper with five seconds left barely rimmed out against the Herders, and a 10-point lead with three minutes left against Joliet melted away as the J-Hawks scored 16 of the game’s final 19 points.
Both teams host Roundup on Thursday, then travel to Huntley Project on Friday.

Columbus 8 6 10 16 – 40
Big Timber 15 4 10 13 – 42
Columbus: Kiefer McKay 7, Tanner Osborne 23, Chuck Miller 4, Ryland Stampfel 3, Jace Aumueller 3.
Big Timber: Ryan Morgan 4, Blake Finn 3, Weston Lavoy 19, Luke Rech 12, Drew Pike 4.

Joliet 8 8 15 14 – 53
Columbus 10 10 13 20 – 45
Joliet: Logan Midland 2, Brett Robinson 1, Matt George 14, Jared Schwend 5, Ty Olson 20, Cam Lloyd 3.
Columbus: Kiefer McKay 5, Brandon Horton 6, Chuck Miller 5, Ryland Stampfel 7, Jackson Booth 8, Jace Aumueller 2, Tanner Osborne 20.

Columbus 9 4 4 9 – 26
Big Timber 6 7 6 10 – 29
Columbus: Desirae Gibson 2, Megan Rouane 7, Alexa Riveland 5, Tyona Robbins 3, Carli Dyba 5, Camryn Ault 4.
Big Timber: Emily Hughes 3, TediJo Todd 19, Madilyln Endes 2, Mesa King 5.

Joliet 12 14 8 21 – 55
Columbus 18 14 11 9 – 52
Joliet: Holly Nowak 13, Annie Cook 18, Taylor Wright 13, Danni Nardinger 5, Vanessa Nowak 4, Sari Robertus 2.
Columbus: Desirae Gibson 6, Megan Rouane 4, Alexa Riveland 13, Kennedy Wiggs 4, Tyona Robbins 8, Carli Dyba 6, Camryn Ault 8, Maddi Carman 3.