The Braves and Lady Braves basketball teams hit the road for the last time until February 21 as they played in both Lander and Pinedale over this past weekend. An unusual schedule has the teams playing eight consecutive home games over the next five weekends.
The ladies collected a pair of convincing 3A West wins to move to (4-6)(2-2) overall, knocking off Lander 46-26 and Pinedale 47-23. The boys lost to Lander 48-29 and defeated the Wranglers 56-35 as their record also stands at (4-6)(2-2).
The basketball programs will host Evanston this Friday night with junior varsity action getting underway at 4 p.m. The varsity girls will play at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity boys will wrap up the evening with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
Star Valley Lady Braves: 46 Lander Lady Tigers: 26
The ladies dominated the rebounding category for the first time this season and did so against 3A’s top rebounding team with a convincing 28-10 edge. Senior Shay Schwab had the game-high of 11 points while a very balanced effort came from the rest of the squad. Sophomore Morgan Dana had seven points while junior Kenedey Brog, sophomore Shayla Patterson, sophomore Lindi Moore and freshman Savannah Lucero all had six points apiece. Schwab also had the game high of seven rebounds. Lander was led by Ashlyn Shamber who had all eight of her points in the first half.
Star Valley Braves: 29 Lander Tigers: 48
Senior Casey Winger and junior Cooxooeli Black combined for 34 points as the homecourt Tigers controlled this game from the opening tip. The Braves were battered on the boards as Lander out-rebounded the visitors 27-10. Black scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. Junior Cole Critchfield scored 11 to lead Star Valley while junior Cody Orton had eight. Senior Trace Haderlie finished with four assists.
Lady Braves JV: 50 Lady Tigers JV: 22 / Braves JV: 50 Tigers JV: 26
Star Valley Lady Braves: 47 Pinedale Lady Wranglers: 23
Schwab again led the Lady Braves in scoring and rebounding as she finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, both were game-highs. Senior Shelbey Brog also had eight rebounds. Dana and Lucero added six points apiece while Patterson finished with five. Nine different players scored for Star Valley who won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Pinedale was led in scoring by Shay Rule, Shelbi Tegeler and Camila Arana who each scored six points.
Star Valley Braves: 56 Pinedale Wranglers: 35
The Braves scored the game’s first 17 points and never trailed. The lead fluctuated from a high of 24 points to as low as eight. Critchfield scored eight field goals and finished with 18 points. Pinedale’s Jordan Costello matched the output with 18 as well. Junior Bronson Muir scored in double figures for the Braves as he finished with ten points and four steals. Haderlie added nine points and four assists and sophomore Reese Hiibel chipped in eight points as well.
Lady Braves JV: 41 Lady Wranglers JV: 17 / Braves JV: 49 Wranglers JV: 18
(Photos provided by Aaron Jenkins)