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Freshman Falcon Callie Kaiser pulls in a rebound in the first half against the Whitehall Trojans Jan. 10 PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Madison County basketball

Lady Trojans shoot down the Lady Falcons

Lost by a lot, won by a little

Twin Bridges girls’ basketball team lost a home game to the Whitehall Trojans Jan. 10. 

The Falcons ended the first quarter with a slight lead but went into the second half behind. Whitehall kept Twin Bridges at bay while gaining a significant lead in the third and fourth quarters.

Ashleigh Guinnane put up the most points for the Falcons. She accounted for almost half of their points in both games of the weekend. 

Avery George also contributed to the Falcons’ success against the Lone Peak Bighorns. She drained two three-pointers in the third quarter, giving the Falcons the lead for the first time.

The Falcons will take on Harrison Jan. 17

 

Mustangs take down the Prospectors

Ennis girls’ basketball

Ennis defeated Granite on the basketball court Friday night.

The Mustangs kept the Prospectors from scoring any points in the second quarter. It was a low scoring first half for both teams. Jenna Snider took over the score board in the second half. The Ennis junior began the third and fourth quarters with three-pointers. 

Landri Paladichuk was another major contributor in the game. Paladichuk landed nine points for the Mustangs.

Both teams allowed nine turnovers and shot from the free throw line at 62 percent. The Mustangs will play on their court against the Harrison Wildcats Jan. 16. 

 

Falcon swoop

Twin Bridges boys’ basketball victories

The Falcons picked up two more wins over the weekend.

Twin Bridges hosted the Friday night game against the Whitehall Trojans. The boys were prepared for the rival game. 

The Falcons scored 21 points before the Trojans got onto the score board. Twin Bridges ended the first quarter with 30 points. 

“Our goal has been to win the first five minutes of the game,” Twin Bridges head coach Josh Keller. “The boys did a great job!”

Twin Bridges’ defense was strong with 20 defensive rebounds and 15 steals. 

“Whitehall is a good team and to hold them under 40 was a big feat for us,” Keller said. 

When Twin Bridges’ junior Charlie Kruer went up for points, he succeeded. He drained five three-pointers throughout the game and joined the 30-point club. Junior, Matt Kaiser put up 13 points, including three three-pointers. Bryce Nye was another contributor in the game, putting up 10 points and making 11 assists.

Kruer continued to rack up points against Lone Peak Jan. 11. His shooting rate for the weekend was 76 percent. 

The Falcons shot at 67% inside the paint and played another strong defensive game. Kaiser had eight defensive rebounds and senior, Nate Konen had six.

The Falcons moved the ball better than they shot against the Bighorns. They made 20 assists, Nye accounting for seven of them. Kaiser put up 18 points including six offensive rebounds. 

“It really tells me that we are playing unselfish basketball and taking good shots,” Keller said.

 

Wildcats fight on the road

Harrison boys’ basketball

The Wildcats started the weekend with a win over the Lima Bears but fell short against West Yellowstone. 

The Friday night game against Lima was a swift victory for the Wildcats. Harrison entered the second half with a comfortable 17-point lead. The Bears more than doubled their points in the fourth quarter but could not out score the Wildcats. 

Senior Vern Homner led Harrison against Lima, making a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter. Harrison’s success rate at the free throw line was weak, a factor that would play into their loss against West Yellowstone. 

The Wildcats missed out on 15 points with a 44% success rate at the free throw line. Harrison junior Luke Cima and freshman Sage Buus carried the Wildcats in the first half and Homner came out strong for the second half. 

Cima was injured in the final play of the third quarter. A Lima player undercut his layup, sending Cima crashing to the floor. He did not return to the court. With a couple of minutes left in the game, Homner fouled out.

“Missed free throws and turnovers cost the game,” Head coach Zach Murphy said.

Murphy was not sure if Cima would be healthy for the game against Ennis Jan. 16.

 

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