LHS boys come back strong
Every single player for the Laurel Locomotives was lamenting their loss to Billings Skyview during practice last week. They wanted vengeance and fortunately for them, Miles City was next on the list.
They held their opponent to a combined eight points through the first half last week in a 64-32 beat down. Miles City only shot 20 percent from the field.
Christian Jones had 19 through three quarters so he sat out the fourth when the game was out of reach.
“We had a strong effort and many contributed to the win,” said LHS coach Pat Hansen.
Twelve different Locos scored in the contest. Shay Osbourne, Dawson Cortese and Layne Willis each had 8 for the game.
Players that don’t get much playing time got some time on the court to prove what they can bring to the table next year for Hansen’s team.
Games like these give the younger boys a chance to showcase themselves to the coaching staff.
Laurel def. Miles City 64-32
Laurel 13 20 19 12 — 64
Miles City 4 4 9 15 — 32
Laurel: Braden Ewalt 3, Isaiah Renner 3, Casey Cole 4, Shay Osborne 8, Christian Jones 19, Connor Schwab 2, Brett Wagner 3, Layne Willis 8, Gaje Leischner 1, Dawson Cortese 8, Chanc Lawrence 3, Logan Kennedy 2.
Miles City: Gabe Gundlach 6, Kaden Stradley 4, Zack Dinardi 3, Kelly Irion 3, Tyler Burk 14, Cameron Muri 2.
Laurel beat Columbus in a 67-41 route in another game LHS Pat Hansen needed so he could rest his starters for most of the fourth quarter.
Resting and preparing for tourney play and conference games, Hansen’s boys took Columbus quickly and easily.
Christian Jones had 19 points and Shay Osbourne and Layne Willis each reached double-digits.
The entire starting five for Laurel sat out most of the fourth quarter.
The LHS seniors were able to relax and reflect on some of their last games together on the bench in a perfect moment they may not get again.
They should get an easy win against Glendive next, followed by Sidney and Billings Central, two formidable opponents that will prepare them for what lies ahead.
They sit second in the conference now, but that could change if Hardin loses, or if the Locos lose their upcoming tough matchup with Billings Central.
The worst news for Laurel players and for fans was the cancelation of the rescheduled Billings Skyview game which was suppose to take place tonight.
“Both teams agreed that the timing of of the make-up game put the teams in a difficult position heading into tournament time,” said Hansen. Every single player wanted another chance at the Falcons; for revenge, but Hansen described the lost game as a lesson. Explaining to his kids that the won’t always get a second opportunity and they should have made the best of the one they had. A harsh, but true lesson the Locos will now have to live with.
Their next game is against Glendive, Feb. 10, away at 7:30 p.m.
Laurel def. Columbus 67-41
Columbus 12 10 11 8 — 41
Laurel 14 21 19 13 — 67
Columbus: Jace Aumueller 4, Zack Sutton 10, Brandon Horton 8, Eddie Foos 3, Carson West 8, Mario Sabo 8.
Laurel: Isaiah Renner 5, Shay Osborne 11, Christian Jones 14, Connor Schwab 2, Layne Willis 10, Gaje Leischner 5, Dawson Cortese 11, Colt Spencer 4, Chanc Lawrence 5.