Feb. 6 Class 4A boys basketball statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Gillette 74.5; 2. Sheridan 62.6; 3. Rock Springs 61.4; 4. Cheyenne South 56.4; 5. Casper Kelly Walsh 56.1; 6. Laramie 55.8; 7. Cheyenne East 53.3; 8. Riverton 51.7; 9. Casper Natrona County 50.3; 10. Evanston 49.5; 11. Cheyenne Central 38.8; 12. Green River 38.0.

Defense: 1. Kelly Walsh 38.2; 2. East 45.3; 3. Central 45.8; 4. Evanston 47.9; 5. Sheridan 53.2; 6. Riverton 53.3; 7. Natrona 55.6; 8. South 56.5; 9. Gillette 60.4; 10. Rock Springs 63.1; 11. Laramie, 64.1; 12. Green River 66.5. Continue reading

Jan. 30 Class 4A girls basketball stats

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Cheyenne East 61.0; 2. Gillette 59.2; 3. Sheridan 58.5; 4. Casper Natrona County 55.2; 5. Cheyenne Central 43.3; 6. Rock Springs 43.2; 7. Riverton 42.6; 8. Laramie 39.5; 9. Green River 39.3; 10. Cheyenne South 36.9; 11. Casper Kelly Walsh 36.6; 12. Evanston 36.2.

Defense: 1. East 33.8; 2. Evanston 36.5; 3. Central 39.5; 4. Sheridan 40.1; 5. Natrona 41.0; 6. Laramie 42.7; 7. South 45.3; 8. Green River 46.5; 9. Riverton 46.6; 10. Kelly Walsh 47.3; 11. Gillette 47.8; 12. Rock Springs 53.8. Continue reading

Jan. 30 Class 4A boys basketball stats

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Gillette 76.7; 2. Sheridan 63.9; 3. Rock Springs 62.9; 4. Laramie 55.4; 5. Casper Kelly Walsh 55.0; 6. Cheyenne South 54.5; 7. Riverton 53.7; 8. Cheyenne East 52.2; 9. Casper Natrona County 50.6; 10. Evanston 48.8; 11. Green River 38.6; 12. Cheyenne Central 38.5.

Defense: 1. Kelly Walsh 36.6; 2. East 42.9; 3. Central 45.3; 4. Evanston 49.1; 5. Riverton 53.1; 6. Sheridan 53.6; 7. South 56.1; 8. Natrona 57.6; 9. Gillette 61.6; 10. Laramie 62.7; 11. Rock Springs 64.1; 12. Green River 67.0. Continue reading

Jan. 22 Class 4A boys basketball statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Gillette 75.1.; 2. Sheridan 63.3; 3. Rock Springs 61.7; 4. Laramie 54.4; 5. Cheyenne South 53.7; 6. Casper Kelly Walsh 53.4; 7. Riverton 52.5; 8. Cheyenne East 52.3; 9. Casper Natrona County 50.1; 10. Evanston 49.5; 11. Green River 41.0; 12. Cheyenne Central 37.5.

Defense: 1. Kelly Walsh 37.3; 2. East 42.5; 3. Central 44.7; 4. Evanston 49.7; 5. Riverton 51.2; 6. South 53.2; 7. Sheridan 54.0; 8. Laramie 60.1; 9. Gillette 60.3; 10. Natrona 61.3; 11. Rock Springs 63.7; 12. Green River 66.3. Continue reading

Class 4A boys basketball stats Jan. 8, 2014

TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring: 1. Gillette 75.2; 2. Sheridan 68.3; 3. Rock Springs 62.4; 4t. Laramie; Cheyenne South 55.6; 6. Cheyenne East 52.8; 7. Casper Natrona County 51.3; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 50.0; 9. Evanston 49.6; 10. Riverton 49.0; 11. Green River 44.8; 12. Cheyenne Central 33.7.

Defense: 1. Kelly Walsh 37.5; 2. East 40.0; 3. Central 44.4; 4. Evanston 50.8; 5. South 52.3; 6. Riverton 52.4; 7. Sheridan 54.4; 8. Natrona 60.2; 9. Gillette 60.4; 10. Laramie 61.1; 11. Rock Springs 65.7; 12. Green River 69.3. Continue reading

Central boys adapt to South’s tempo, come away with a win

Cheyenne Central's Judd Stewart celebrates his go-ahead bucket with teammate Tyler Skala during Friday's game with Cheyenne South. Shawn Havel/staff

Central’s Judd Stewart celebrates his go-ahead bucket with Tyler Skala during Friday’s game with South. Shawn Havel/staff

CHEYENNE –When Friday’s game between the Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne South boys ended, no one was complaining about the pace.

The last time the Indians and Bison squared off, Central ran a very methodical, slow-paced offense that resulted in a 35-29 win.

On Friday, there were almost that many points in the first half.

Central came away with a 58-54 win over the Bison to sweep the regular season series.

South coach Jim Shaffer acknowledged that his team’s game plan was to speed up the pace and play tighter defense. The plan worked for the Bison but the Indians proved they’re flexible. Continue reading

South’s Michael DeBruyn has an increasing role for the Bison

Cheyenne South’s Michael DeBruyn fires off a shot during Friday’s game against Laramie. DeBruyn finished with 10 points. Blaine McCartney/staff

CHEYENNE — A foot on the line.

That’s all the separated Cheyenne South guard Michael DeBruyn from a three 3-point game against Laramie on Friday.

In the second period, DeBruyn nailed an extremely long two-point jumper that cut a five-point margin down to three. He went on to finish with 10 points, including two of the Bison’s four made 3-point baskets.

That’s what DeBruyn must do. It’s what he’s being asked to do.

“(Coach Jim Shaffer) just says that when I go into the game, I have to score the ball because that’s the reason I’m up here,” DeBruyn said.

“(I can’t) just stand out there. And when I take shots, (I have to) shoot the ball with confidence.” Continue reading

Burns boys hoping to be battle-tested for late season run

Burns junior guard Cory Lemaster tries to pass the ball inside during the team’s 56-36 loss to Wheatland on Tuesday. Blaine McCartney/staff

BURNS — The way Burns boys basketball coach Sean Patterson sees it, a team can’t play inferior opponents and expect to get better.

That mentality is not an option for his squad.

“We don’t play an easy schedule and that’s awesome. We love that and we wouldn’t change that for the world,” Patterson said.

That’s a fairly upbeat attitude from a coach whose team took a 56-36 drubbing at the hands of the Class 3A Wheatland on Tuesday. The Broncs were down 21-16 at the half but fell behind by 20-plus thanks to a 25-3 run to start the third period. Continue reading

Burns’ Ward finds the scorer’s touch, hopes to keep it going

Attacking the rim and drawing fouls is an aspect of Colby Ward’s game the Burns senior is hoping to improve this season. Blaine McCartney/staff

PINE BLUFFS — The Burns boys basketball team was in a hole. Colby Ward was determined to keep that hole from getting any bigger.

Against Pine Bluffs on Saturday, the Broncs standout started the game on the bench. He was the first player coach Sean Patterson used as a substitution with the team down 5-0.

The move was the right one.

Ward came on to 3-point bomb for Burns’ first point and went on finish with a game-high 21 in a 56-50 loss to the Hornets.

When he teammates needed a lift, Ward was happy to provide it. He’s always happy to provide it.

“I just try to be like that every game, try to be the kid that is pushing everybody to go harder and make everybody go,” Ward said.  Continue reading

Pine Bluffs’ Coverdale goes from riding the pine to starting time

Stephen Coverdale

PINE BLUFFS — Before the season started, Pine Bluffs boys basketball coach Will Gray wasn’t sure what Stephen Coverdale was going to do for the Hornets.

Unlike most of the boys on the basketball squad, Coverdale didn’t play football in the fall and Gray’s interaction with the senior was limited at best.

Gray assumed Coverdale was going to be a bench player who would see minutes sparingly. He thought he might develop into a decent reserve down the line.

That was then. Now, is a totally different story.

During the Hornets 56-50 win over rival Burns on Saturday, Coverdale got the start and played a significant number of minutes.

“Stephen has shown the improvement and a willingness and want to get better and we’re rewarding him,” Gray said.  Continue reading