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.. I I IB I00agles rout Hardin in bounce-back win I I BY STEVE HAMEL SOHEY ERAI The Sidney boys basket- ball team trounced Hardin 79-44 Saturday, activating the 40-point running clock mercy rule half-way through the fourth quarter. The big win came a day after the Eagles lost a tough non-conference game against Wolf Point. "Last night was kind of heart- breaking," Sidney guard Marcus Mayer said. "To- night we wanted to put it to them. We didn't even want to give them a chance to win the game." Sidney head coach Dan Strasheim was proud of the way his team bounced back from the previous night's loss. "I'm surprised we got the clock running," he said. "Anytime you can get ahead of somebody by 40 it's impressive." Offensively, Sidney (8-3, 3-1 Eastern A ) pushed the pace and took advantage of its transition opportuni- ties, something it has done well all season. "We did a good job in the open court," Strasheim said. "That's our strength and we did a good job at that." Mayer wreaked havoc in the backcourt throughout the game, stealing Hardin (4-9, 3-5 Eastern A) passes and finishing at the rim in transition several times en route to a game-high 23 points. "We figured if we could get after them, we could maybe get them to fumble the ball around and get some turnovers," Mayer said. "We had a suspicion we could pressure them and they wouldn't handle it well," Strasheim said. "De- fensively I thought we did well putting enough pres- sure on them. Offensively we attacked the zone." Sidney opened the game on a 16-0 run with hot- shooting from Mayer, who knocked down two three- pointers, and Ryan Sullivan who converted a pull-up on Sidney's second possession anti a fadeaway six posses- sions later. Hardin answered with a Justin Brown drives the baseline Saturday against Hardin. 7-0 run on a three-pointer by Nick Real Bird, an offensive put-back by Gavin Old Bull and a transition lay-up. Sidney's Justin Brown put a stop to the run, muscling STEVE HAMEL I SIDNEY HERALD his way inside for a basket, but Hardin's Zannon Stands responded with a three- pointer. The Eagles finished the first quarter with four points in the final moments. Sullivan banked a fadeaway with three seconds remain- ing and Mayer quickly stole the inbound pass and got off a shot that dropped through the net at the buzzer. Sidney continued to push the pace in the second quarter, extending its lead to 39-19 at half time. Its of- fense exploded in the third, putting up 29 points in the eight-minute period to take a commanding 68-31 lead. An inside score and a free throw by Caleb Benson half-way through the fourth made for a 40-point margin. Mayer led the Eagles with 23 points. Also scoring were Sullivan with 16, Brown and Alex Irigoin with eight, Ben- son and James Basra with seven, Josh Torgerson with four and Brad Anvik, Brett Montgomery and Colton Moran with two each. Machiah Not Afraid led Hardin with 10 points. Stands was close behind with nine, Fairview beats Froid/Lake, Westby BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD Fairview's boys basketball team jumped out to a 34-23 half-time lead, and then held Froid-Lake to six third-quar- ter points to earn a 71-36 home victory Friday. "Defensively, we played really well," Fairview Coach Luke Kloker said after the league victory. "We elimi- nated most of their chances for easy baskets." The Warriors started strong in the second half on a free throw by Kyle Shelmerdine and an inside shot by Cody Vitt. After a blocked shot by Tim Hurloy ..... Justin Bieber scored for a 39-24 lead. Later in the quarter, the Warriors ran off seven straight points on four points by Duncan Sloan and a three-point play by Jace Taylor. A nice move by Taylor and a 17-footer by Jonathan Shaide put Fairview ahead 50-29 to end the period. The Warriors accounted for 21 points in the fourth period for the 71-36 final. Fairview's top scorers were Brock Schriver with 21 and Hurley with 11 points. Also scoring were Sloan with nine, J. Shaide with six, Taylor with five, Vitt with five, Bieber with five, K. Shelmerdine with three, Cody Shelmerdine with three and Kristian Shaide with two. "We passed the ball very well, especially in the third quarter," Kloker said. "That gets us pretty excited." Top scorers for the Red BILL VANOER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Brock Schriver drives toward the basket Friday. Hawks were Jalen Hendrick- son with 13, Tanner Holtan with nine and Jacob Reuter with nine. Rounding out the scoring were Andy Engelke with four and Charles Four Bear with one. Schriver accounted for seven of the last nine points of the first quarter to put the Warriors up 20-11. Fairview's boys and girls were both winners Saturday against Westby/Grenora. The boys won by a 52-37 score while the girls won 49-26. Brock Schriver led the boys with 21 points. Other scorers were Cody Vitt with 12, Tim Hurley with eight, Duncan Sloan with four, Justin Bieber with three and Jace Taylor and Kyle Shelmerdine with two apiece. Jordan Gifford and Tif- fany Kittleson led the girls with 13 points apiece. Also scoring were Masyn Klose with 11, Brittany Schneider with six, Trisha Hurley with four and Bailey Schriver with two. Fairview's boys improved to 12-2 on the season and 8-2 in District 2-C. The girls remain unbeaten at 14-0 overall and 10-0 in District 2-C. Sidney girls fall off pace in third BY STEVE HAMEL SIDNEY HERALD The Sidney girls basketball team pushed Hardin throughout the first half, but ran out of steam in the second when the Bulldogs pulled away for a 73-59 win. The game began to slip away from the Eagles toward the end of the third quarter when Hardin (8-5, 5-3 Eastern A) pulled ahead by six points. Violet Birdinground provided a dagger at the buzzer, drilling a three-pointer just before the end of the quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead by nine. The first-half was played at a hectic pace, with both teams pushing the ball in transi- tion and creating turnovers. Sidney (3-9, 1-3 Eastern A) trailed early, but a three-pointer by Elise Torgerson and driving lay-ups by Lexi Prevost kept the Eagles within striking distance in the first quarter. With a minute remaining in the first, Torgerson tied the game at 17 by rebound- ing and putting back her own miss. After turnovers by both teams, Kortney Mayer drew a foul and converted one of two at- tempts to give Sidney its first lead at 18-17, but Hardin's Alyssa Big Man and Birdin- ground added scores before the end of the quarter to re-take the lead for the Bulldogs. Six players scored for the Eagles in the second quarter, and the balanced effort helped keep Sidney within five points of Hardin at all times. Sidney's Whitney Leuenberger scored just before the buzzer to cut Hardin's lead to 34-31 at the half. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 55-46 by the end of the third quarter and finished the game off with an 18-13 advantage in the fourth. Six-foot-1 forward Josie Three Irons was a force throughout the contest for Har- din, finishing with a game-high 25 points Birdininground finished with 17, including a 13-point second half, and Kanani Birdin- ground added 15. Prevost led Sidney with 18 points. Leuen- berger and Torgerson each scored 10 to reach double-figures. Also scoring for the Eagles were Mayer with seven, Madeline Warner with six, Morgan Thiel with four and Cedar Lewis and Hai_ley Steinbeisser with two apiece. The Sidney girls were also in action Fri- day, picking up a 60-38 non-conference win over Wolf Point. The Eagles led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter, and increased their lead to 33-18 at the half. Prevost led the offense with 24 points. Leuenberger also reached double-figures with 12 points. Also scoring were Thiel with nine, Krista Steinbeisser with six and Torgerson, War- ner and Mayer with two each. As a team, the Eagles shot 47 percent from the field. sprts@sidneyherald'cm Savage girls, boys defeat Circle BY BILL VANDER WIEELE SIDNEY HERALD The Savage Warriors put together two solid perfor- mances as the girls defeated Circle, 47-40, and the boys downed the Wildcats, 51-35, in District 2-C action Satur- day. GIRLS The sharp shooting of Bridger Rice led the War- riors to a lead, and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch held off the Wildcats in Savage. Rice scored 23 points in the first three quarters as the Warriors gained a 35-22 advantage. Rice missed some of the fourth period with an injury, and Circle was able to battle to as close as two points. Free throws by eighth- grader Shelby Stanford, freshman Brittany Con- radsen and junior Shanae Prevost kept the Warriors ahead. "Free throws helped us out, and we made them down the stretch," Savage coach Staci Lange-Rice said. "My little girls really played tough defense." The Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead on two three-pointers by Rice and another by Stanford. Savage led 13-9 at the end of the period. Circle put together a 5-0 run near the end of the half, with all the points coming from Emily Lamson, to close the margin to 19-16 at the half. Baskets by Rice and Brit- tany Smith opened the third quarter. After the Wildcats cut the gap to 23-20, the Warriors responded with the next 12 points on eight points by Rice, including two three-pointers, and a hoop by Prevost for a 35-20 lead. A basket by Ashley Gardner cut the gap to 35-22 to end the quarter. The Warriors led 39-24 with 5:58 left, but Circle, on the strength of the play of Tina VanHorn, Lamson and Ali Fritz, kept battling. Down by 10 with 4:22 left, Circle tallied eight straight. BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Broden Ler attempts to score inside against Circle Saturday. A free throw by VanHorn closed the margin to 42-40 with 53 seconds left. Three free throws by Stanford and two by Prevost put the contest away as the Wildcats were unable to score in the final 53 seconds. Rice finished with 23 points. Also scoring were Stanford with seven, Hanna Jepsen with six, Prevost with four, Desiree Martell with three, Smith with two and Conradsen with two. "It's a big win," Lange- Rice said. "I think we're coming together and are on the same page." Circle's top scorers were VanHorn with 17 and Lam- son with 13. BOYS The Warriors broke the game open in the fourth quarter to earn a 16-point conference victory. Ahead 32-27 entering the final quarter, Savage quickly increased its lead on four straight points by Chris Reynolds. After the Wildcats fought back to 37-31, Savage answered with free throws by Braden Ler and Chase Hagler for a 41-31 advantage. Circle's Dolan Taylor hit a pair of free throws at the four-minute mark, but the Warriors' Ler accounted for the game's next eight points for a commanding 49-33 lead. Ler, a 6-4 senior, finished the contest with 27 points and 20 rebounds Also scoring for Savage were Chase Hagler with nine, Shad Stanford with five, Reynolds with five, Wyatt Hagler with three and Zachary Tunnell-Wilson with two. Top scorers for Circle were Ryan Kasten with 11 and Bryce Loudon with eight points. Circle finished the first quarter with six straight points for a 12-7 lead. Down 14-12, the Warriors ran off 13 unanswered points for a 25-14 advantage. Ler scored six of the points while W. Hagler added three. Savage led 25-15 at the half. The Wildcats, however, tal- lied the opening six points of the second half on bas- kets by James Ford, Kasten and Carson Schriver and trailed by only five entering the final period. Savage teams notch wins in Bainville The Savage boys and girls basketball teams both had success in Bainville Friday. The girls won by a 50-point margin, outscoring Bain- ville 75-25, while the boys prevailed in a tighter 52-34 contest. All seven of Savage's girls scored in their blowout vic- tory, Bridger Rice registered a double-double, leading the Warriors with 25 points and 12 rebounds. She also finished with six assists, two blocks and three steals. Brittany Smith also had a big game, scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and tallying five assists, two blocks and a steal. Hanna Jepsen and Desiree Martell each added eight points, Shanae Prevost scored seven, Shelby Stan- ford scored six and Brittany Conradsen scored four. Prevost and Stanford each had six assists. Jepsen grabbed five rebounds. The Savage boys wel- comed back Shad Stanford, an all-state selection a year ago, who played his first game since Christ- mas break, when he was diagnosed with a fractured wrist. He finished with six points. Braden Ler had a big game for the Warriors on both ends of the floor, lead- ing Savage with 24 points, while holding Bainville's Weston Harmon to nine points. Chris Reynolds also reached double-figures with 16 points. Wyatt Hagler and Zach Tunnell-Wilson rounded out the scoring for Savage with four and two points respec- tively.