With the indoor tracksters at the Simplot Games, the wrestlers gearing up for the 3A West regionals and the basketball teams playing their final home games, the 2013-2014 winter sports seasons are coming to a close.
The Lady Braves picked up a pair of conference wins against Lander and Pinedale while the Braves had to settle for a split. The wrestlers knocked off Evanston on the road 46-33 and will host the 3A West tournament this Friday and Saturday. The indoor runners will now prepare for the state indoor meet in Gillette in two weeks.
Cody Peck bested his own personal best from Thursday and ran a 4:28 in the 1600 finals of the games. Rock Springs’ Ricky Faure won the event with a blistering time of 4:10.22. Hannah Demler also made the finals and ran a personal best of 5:22.70. Sam Gertsch made the finals in the weight throw and finished 10th with a heave of 52′ 11″. Finally, the quartet of Peck, Nic Demler, Jesse Sanders and Tyler Allred made the finals in the Medley relay.
Lady Tigers: 35 Lady Braves 41
After falling behind 10-3 in the first quarter, the Lady Braves outscored Lander 38-25 the rest of the way behind a double-double from senior Shay Schwab who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Keeley Garvin led the Tigers with the game-high of 13 points and nine from Brindi Lock. Lander struggled from the free throw line, missing 11 of 15 attempts in the loss. Savannah Lucero scored all seven of her points in the second half and Morgan Dana and Kenedey Brog each scored five.
Tigers: 48 Braves: 43 -OT-
After a 19-point blowout loss in Lander the Braves had a chance to win on their home court five weeks later but the ball was off the rim and the Tigers closed the door in overtime. Casey Winger was a model of efficiency as he scored the game-high of 16 points. Cooxooeli Black was held below his season averages but still managed 10 points. Cole Critchfield led the Braves with 14 points and Reese Hiibel had seven. Lander missed eight consecutive free throws in the second half to leave the door open but collected their first win in Afton since the 2005-06 season.
Lady Wrangers: 28 Lady Braves: 50
The Lady Braves jumped out to an early lead that only got bigger as the game went along on Senior night. Schwab and Shelbey Brog closed out their SVHS careers with a win as they combined for 13 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Kenedey Brog stole the show however with a quartet of three-point baskets and a career-high of 19 points to lead the way. Dana added eight points and Lucero chipped in five.
Wranglers: 41 Braves: 79
Star Valley hit their highest scoring total of the season in their final home game as they bounced back with a one-sided win over visiting Pinedale. PHS sophomore, Jordan Costello, engaged in a shootout with Critchfield as the two combined for 31 first half points. With a big lead already on the scoreboard, Star Valley sophomore, Reese Hiibel, caught fire in the third quarter where he scored 16 of his 20 points. Costello finished with 26 and Critchfield with 18. Senior Trace Haderlie finished with 17 points and five assists.
The basketball teams will play on the road in Lyman and Mountain View this weekend before wrapping up the regular season in Jackson on Thursday, Feb. 27.