Despite a total of just three seniors between them, the SVHS basketball teams brought home some hardware from the Wyoming 3A State Tournament in Casper this past weekend.
The Braves, the #3 seed out of the 3A West, outlasted the #2 seed from the 3A East, the Rawlins Outlaws, 51-47 to advance to Friday night’s semifinals against the Cody Broncs. Cody knocked the Braves out of title contention 50-38. Star Valley bounced back on Saturday with a 58-51 win over Powell to bring home the 3rd place trophy.
The Lady Braves came up painfully short in the opening round as they lost to Worland 46-45 to move into the consolation bracket. The ladies bounced back on Friday morning with a 47-37 victory over the Mountain View Lady Buffaloes. The team was able to pull away from Torrington in the final minutes on Saturday morning to bring home the consolation trophy.
Lady Braves: 45 Lady Warriors: 46
Shayna Soderstrom set the tempo early for Worland with eight of her 12 points in the first half. Star Valley’s Shay Schwab answered with eight of her game-high 19 points in the first as well. This game came down to the wire were Soderstrom made two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to put Worland in front. A final shot by Schwab was wide right. Worland also got 10 points from Vanessa Caballero and 14 from Haley Schneider. Shelbey Brog netted 12 for the Lady Braves and Lindi Moore chipped in 9.
Braves: 51 Outlaws: 47
These two teams tilted back and forth all afternoon with half a dozen lead changes. Rawlins was carreid by junior Jalen Krening who had the game-high of 19 points. Star Valley answered with Cole Critchfield’s 18 points and 9 rebounds. Krening eventually fouled out late in the game as sophomore Reese Hiibel drew the charge. Hiibel collected three calls in this manner during the game and also scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds. Robby Smith and Bronson Muir each added 7 points. Rawlins got 10 points from Kolton Wall.
(Friday March 14)
Lady Braves: 47 Lady Buffaloes: 37
With both teams nursing close losses from Thursday, they battled like two teams facing elimination. The Lady Braves jumped out ao an early 15-4 lead but the Lady Buffs countered to take a 31-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Star Valley was led by 14 points from Shelbey Brog who hit 8 of 9 free throws and finished with the game-high of 14. Schwab drained a trio of 3-point baskets and scored 10. Kenedey Brog and Savannah Lucero combined for 17 points and 11 steals in the game and Morgan Dana finished with 7 points. Marley Newton had 11 for Mountain View and Aubrey Newton had 10.
Braves: 38 Broncs: 50
The Braves had an early lead but trailed at the half 28-25 to the Cod Broncs on Friday night at Casper College. The Broncs gradually built a ten point lead in the fourth quarter as they outscored Star Valley 11-4 in the final period. Bronson Muir finished with a game-high of 14 points before fouling out in the final minutes. Robby Smith finished with 9 points. Nik Schmidt, Carter Myers and Brandon Hinze all finished with 10 points apiece. Cody will play Glenrock for the 3A state title.
(Saturday, March 15)
Lady Braves: 44 Lady Blazers: 36
A tight game appeared to be heading out of control in the final moments of the third quarter for Star Valley. Trailing 29-20 with just second remaining, Shay Schwab drained a three pointer to cut the lead to 29-23. With the opening possession of the fourth quarter, Savannah Lucero knocked down another three pointer to cut the lead to just one possession. The barrage continued as Lucero hit another as did Kenedey Brog and the Lady Braves outscored the Blazers 19-7 in the final stanza. Schwab finished with 14 points. Lucero had ten and Brog had nine. Allison Marsh led the Lady Blazers with 12 points. Avery Madden scored seven and pulled in ten rebounds in the loss.
Braves: 58 Panthers: 51
In a rematch of last year’s 3A state championship game, the Braves once again came out on top. After trailing 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Braves took a 26-21 halftime lead behind a 12-point first half from Bronson Muir. In the second half, Cole Critchfield scored 15 of his game-high 22 points to aid the cause. The second half was not without drama. Leading 41-27, the Braves saw their 14-point lead dwindle to just three and a game-tying three-pointer from Powell go off the mark before putting the game away at the free throw line. Muir finished with 16 points and a whopping 14 rebounds. Trace Haderlie scored nine in his final game. Powell was led by Kalai Smith who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half. Smith also added eight rebounds. Hayden Cragoe had 13 and Carter Baxter finished with ten points.