Young varsity teams from both Star Valley’s boys and girls basketball teams competed at the annual Flaming Gorge Classic held in Sweetwater County over the weekend.
SVHS teams have played in the event every year since the 1997-98 school year as a way to try and play teams that may offer insights as to how to get better for conference play. This has typically included several larger schools from the 4A ranks.
This past weekend, the Lady Braves dropped a trio of games against 4A Sheridan, 2A Kemmerer and 4A Riverton. The Braves were defeated by 4A Rock Springs and Riverton but picked up a win against Kemmerer. Recaps of the Thursday games are in the December 24, 2013 edition of the Independent.
Friday vs Kemmerer: Braves: 55 Rangers: 30
Having played more than 130 times since WWII, this match up has historical elements but the two schools’ student populations have gone in different directions in the last 25 years. The Braves jumped out to a 17-6 run in the first quarter and never looked back against the winless Rangers. Kemmerer struggled with Bronson Muir’s speed which netted him the game high of 16 points. Sophomore Reese Hiibel hit on a trio of three-point baskets in the third quarter, part of an 11-point outburst, to also finish in double figures.
The junior varsity team routed Kemmerer 60-13.
Lady Braves: 43 Lady Rangers: 47
After playing one of the top teams in Wyoming 4A in Sheridan, the Lady Braves got one of the top teams in 2A in old rival Kemmerer on Friday afternoon. This game was going as well as Star Valley could have hoped in the first half. The ladies stifled the Rangers’ one-two punch of Vickery and Tiller as they led 27-14 at the half. Kemmerer got back on track offensively in the second half with a much more aggressive posture against Star Valley as they outscored the Lady Braves 33-16 in the final two quarters to claim a memorable rally.
The JV girls won their game with Kemmerer, 41-31.
Saturday vs Riverton Braves: 38 Wolverines: 54
Star Valley could not stop the extremely balanced scoring of Riverton as Patterson, Quayle and Fullerton each scored 16 points for the Wolverines. Last year’s 4A runner-up squad held the Braves to their lowest output of the early season as the boys team fell to (3-3) overall. Cole Critchfield had 13 to lead the way while Trace Haderlie and Muir each had eight.
Lady Braves: 32 Wolverines: 41
A tight game got away from the ladies in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive day as the Wolverines cashed in on 12 free throws in the final stanza alone. Riverton scored just one field goal but took advantage of a steady stream of Star Valley fouls en route to the victory. The loss is the fifth in a row for the girls team who now stand at (1-5) overall on the season. Shay Schwab led the way with 14 points.
Both teams will play their first home game of the season on Friday, December 27, as they host Bear Lake High School. There will be a full slate of games with the freshmen games played at 2:15 p.m., the junior varsity to play at 4 p.m., the varsity girls at 5:45 and the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
The new banners for last season’s 3A championships will be unveiled during the evening.