Renegades take out Rockets, fall to Pirates

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, January 10, 2019

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The Reed Point-Rapelje Renegades came back from winter break last week with a bang against the Roberts Rockets on Friday.

RPR jumped to an early 14-8 lead, and by halftime, the Renegades were up 27-13. Coming out of the break, RPR almost doubled its score to add 22 points, while holding Roberts to six. The Rockets scored 20 in the final quarter, but the damage had already been done – the Renegades walked away with the 58-39 victory.

RPR senior Tristan Gieser led the team with 13 points, followed by juniors Ty Herzog and Daynon Bear with nine each.

Saturday, the Renegades faced the Broadview-Lavina Pirates. RPR started the game sluggish and the Pirates took full advantage to go up 19-9 in the first quarter. Broadview-Lavina extended the lead in the second quarter to go up 32-15 at halftime.

The second half was much closer, but it was too late for the Renegades – the Pirates won the game 60-41.

Herzog put up 13 points to lead RPR. Gieser added 10, and junior Bud Ullery scored seven.

This Friday, the Renegades will host the Bridger Scouts. The next day, RPR will play in Absarokee for a Stillwater County match-up.

PARK CITY

Entering winter break, the Panthers were ranked seventh in the state. Last Thursday, Park City continued its winning ways against the Harlowton Engineers.

The game started pretty close, with the Panthers gaining an 11-7 lead by the end of the initial minutes. Park City was able to add to the lead in the second quarter to go into the break up 21-13. The Panthers continued to pull away in the second half for a 48-29 victory.

Senior Connor McNeil led the Park City offense with 11 points, followed by sophomore Tucker Johnstone with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Austin Popp contributed seven points.

Panther Head Coach Ben Southworth said his team started the game a little slower than he would have liked – partly due to the long break and partly due to a tough, prepared Harlowton team.

“We got ourselves in some foul trouble early, so we had to have a big game out of some of our role players,” he explained. Southworth felt those players “stepped up,” and he specifically noted Johnstone’s performance and junior Austin Dennis’s “two huge buckets off the bench” as highlights.

The Park City coach was glad to see how his team “stuck together as a team throughout the game, even though we might have had a few new player rotations on the floor due to foul trouble.”

The Panthers look to protect their undefeated conference record during two games this week. On Thursday, Park City will play the 10th-ranked Plenty Coups Warriors at Montana State University-Billings. The high schoolers have the opportunity to play their game right before the Yellowjacket men’s game.

Southworth said Thursday’s game will be a good test to see where the Panthers stand, as Plenty Coups is a strong basketball team. He noted how the Warriors can control momentum and score a large number of points in a small amount of time.

“We know that they are going to have their swings and runs, but the game will come down to how well we can handle those ups and downs,” Southworth noted. Park City’s goal is to control the tempo and try to maintain momentum.

Saturday, the Panthers travel to take on the Fromberg Falcons, and Southworth noted the Panthers will have to be ready to play, as Fromberg cannot be overlooked.

During the second part of the basketball season, Park City is going to continue to work hard, concentrate on each game, and try to improve each day, according to Southworth. In the end, the goal is to become better teammates and better people.

“We want to become the best team that we can be, and I have some great young men that love to work hard and who continue to work hard and push themselves, as well as each other,” he explained. “The seniors have really grown up to become great leaders for our team. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be having our current success, and our future success will depend on them as well.”

ABSAROKEE

The Huskies had mixed results last week, beginning with a game on Thursday against the Fromberg Falcons.

Absarokee jumped to an early 17-2 lead, and by halftime the Huskies were up 34-11. In the second half Absarokee did not lose any momentum, with the team putting up 21 points in the third quarter to cruise to a 61-24 victory.

Juniors Peyton Langley and Ashton Campbell led the Husky offense with 11 points each, and sophomore Wyatt Hayes was right behind with 10.

Saturday, Absarokee traveled to face a very tough Plenty Coups Warriors team.

This time the Huskies started the game slow, and Plenty Coups took advantage of the opportunity to grab a 20-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, Absarokee was down 19 points. The Huskies came out stronger in the third quarter, scoring 13 points, but the Warriors continued to roll through the second half of the game to win 72-29.

Langley was again a leader for Absarokee, putting up nine points. Sophomore Colton Young scored eight, and junior Tucker Sullivan added four.

The Huskies have two home conference games this week. On Friday, Absarokee plays Roberts, and on Saturday, Reed Point-Rapelje comes to town.

COLUMBUS

The Cougars had a pair of tough conference games last week. The first was an away matchup against the Roundup Panthers.

Columbus started the game well to take the 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars’ momentum dropped in the second quarter, though, and by halftime the Panthers had taken the lead, 24-17.

Coming out of the break, Columbus stole the momentum back to outscore Roundup 14-7 and tie the game at 31. During the final minutes of the game, the Panther offense was able to regain control for the 49-41 win.

Junior Cougar Trey Stampfel led the team with 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed by sophomore Weston Mitchum with eight points and seven rebounds. Senior Carson West and junior Ricky Preece each contributed six points.

Saturday, Columbus played the Red Devils in Huntley. Again, the Cougars were able to work for the early lead, but this time they were only up two points at the end of the first quarter. The second was close, and by halftime Columbus still held the lead, but barely – 25-24.

Huntley had a strong third quarter, and the Red Devils had the 47-37 lead at the end of the third quarter. The final minutes were close, but the Cougars were not able to overcome the deficit; Huntley won the game 55-46.

Stampfel again led Columbus, this time with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Sophomore Ty Barta scored 11, and Preece added nine.

Columbus Head Coach Paul Barta felt his team had a good weekend, saying, “We made progress and had more good minutes of play in each game. If we continue that this week, we could get two wins.”

On Friday, Columbus hosts Red Lodge, and on Saturday, the Cougars travel to Shepherd.

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