CHEYENNE – Junior forward Lawson Lovering scored 23 points to help top-ranked Cheyenne Central to an 87-66 victory over Campbell County on Saturday in Gillette.
Lovering was 11 for 14 from the free-throw line on the afternoon.
The Indians (16-1 overall) outscored Campbell County 42-30 during the second half.
“In the second half, we had to go to some zone(defensive) stuff,” Central coach Tagg Lain said. “We really communicated well out of it, got out to shooters and made it difficult for them to get good looks. ‘They broke us down off the dribble and were patient offensively in the second quarter. They worked their opportunities and made it difficult to guard them. When we went to our zone, we were able to stay in front of them better and get out to shooters better.”
Sophomore guard Nathanial Talich added 20 points for the Indians (), while junior forward Brady Storebo added 17. Junior guard Carter Lobatos chipped in with 10.
“Offensively, we were good from start to finish and passed and moved the ball well around the rim,” Lain said. “(The Camels) do a lot of things to trap and switch and harass the basketball, and we did a good job of breaking that pressure and taking advantage of some numbers offensively. We played well around the rim so well.”
CENTRAL 87, CAMPBELL CO. 66
Cheyenne Central…… 22 23 14 28 – 87
Campbell County…… 12 24 7 23 – 66
Cheyenne Central: Cates 3, Cummings 0, Stampfli 6, Whitworth 0, Lobatos 10, LeBeaumont 4, Talich 20, Bra. Storebo 17, Bro. Storebo 0, Burns 4, Lovering 23, Norrod 0.
Campbell County: L. Hladky 26, Gibson 5, Wofford 10, Ramirez 2, Schmit 2, Neary 4, Lemm 7, Robertson 10.
Cheyenne East 65
Thunder Basin 61
CHEYENNE – Senior guard Demetrius McCord scored a game-high 24 points to help Cheyenne East hold off Campbell County for a 65-61 victory Saturday in Gillette.
The No. 2-ranked Thunderbirds (17-2 overall) trailed 28-25 at halftime.
“Our kids did a good job of handling adversity in the first half,” East coach Rusty Horsley said. “They dealt with it and played basketball. We pulled away in the second half.
“Thunder Basin is tough to handle at times, but our kids kept battling and pulled away at the end.”
Senior Chance Aumiller added 18 points and five rebounds for East, while classmate Xavier McCord chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior Graedyn Buell posted 11 points and six assists.
EAST 65, THUNDER BASIN 61
Cheyenne East…… 11 14 19 21 – 65
Thunder Basin…… 13 15 15 18 – 61
Cheyenne East: X. McCord 12, Rayl 0, Aumiller 18, Micheli 0, Pope 0, D. McCord 24, G. Buell 11, Clark 0, Codner 0.
Thunder Basin: Hamilton 14, Allen 10, Sylte 4, Williams 15, Holte 18.
Natrona County 62
Cheyenne South 51
CHEYENNE – Despite leading after the first quarter, Cheyenne South lost 62-51 on the road at Casper Natrona County on Saturday afternoon.
The Bison (7-11 overall) trailed 30-28 at the intermission.
Cameron Bird led the Bison with 16 points, while Maureon Alexander posted 15.
"We battled for three and a half quarters in a pretty difficult environment against Natrona," second-year Bison coach Jeff Bailey said. "We were really right there and then things got away from us in the fourth quarter."
South takes on Cheyenne Central at 7 p.m. Thursday at Storey Gym.
NATRONA 62, SOUTH 51
Cheyenne South...... 16 12 14 9 – 51
Natrona County...... 9 21 14 18 – 62
Cheyenne South: Bird 16, Ray 4, Bell 9, Moyte 1, Alexander 15, Mascarenas 3, Scott 1.
Natrona County: Kelly 14, Spear 2, Quig 11, Jackson 6, George 10, Reeves 3, Hoppens 2, Sorenson 2, Allison 2, Swan 10.
Pine Bluffs 85
CHEYENNE – Senior guard Michael Shain scored 25 points to help Pine Bluffs to an 85-21 victory over visiting Glenrock on Saturday.
Sophomore Reed Thompson added 19 points and seven rebounds. Seniors Justus Golding and Donte Jacobsen chipped in with 17 and 11 points, respectively. Jacobsen also corralled 10 rebounds.
Mitchell, Neb. 88
CHEYENNE – Mitchell, Nebraska, came away with an 88-51 victory over visiting Burns on Saturday.
Kadin Lakin led the Broncs (2-16 overall) with 14 points.
Burns trailed 46-24 at halftime.
Carter Kirkbride posted eight points, while Cadin David registered seven.
"This is by far the best team we have played all year," first-year Burns coach Kurtis Suloff said. "They shot lights out from the beginning of the game. I think we played the best game we have played for a long time and we still lost by 30. We executed much better on the offensive end. We will keep working and we are really showing how much we have improved."
Burns hosts Rawlins at 4 p.m. Friday.