Locomotives have the Rams in sight, then Divisionals

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Linger                        Laurel senior Aspen Cotter (white) pictured here guarding a Sidney player with the ball. On Senior night, Aspen scored a team-high 13 points, including two three pointers, two rebounds, and three steals.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Linger
          
            Laurel senior Aspen Cotter (white) pictured here guarding a Sidney player with the ball. On Senior night, Aspen scored a team-high 13 points, including two three pointers, two rebounds, and three steals.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Linger                        Laurel senior Gus Crowl dribbles behind the arc on Senior Night. This was Gus’ final home game and he went on to grab two rebounds and dish out an assist.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Linger
          
            Laurel senior Gus Crowl dribbles behind the arc on Senior Night. This was Gus’ final home game and he went on to grab two rebounds and dish out an assist.

Coming off some slow paced games against Belgrade last weekend, Laurel

returned home to play their final homes

games of the season, against the Sidney Eagles and the Custer County Red Devils. These two games served as the last two home games for the six seniors on Laurel’s basketball program, with the Loco’s Senior Night festivities taking place before the start of the game against Sidney. Sidney and Dawson really served no challenge against either Laurel team, with each Laurel win being by at least 20 points. Both the boys and girls squads are still growing, and both teams took positive strides this weekend.

 

Feb. 8 Girls

Sidney 19, Laurel 59

Sidney 2 4 13 0 — 19 Laurel 20 17 14 8 — 59

This game was practically over from

the opening tip, as the first quarter score

of 20-2 reads. This hot start could be blamed on the fact that it was Laurel’s senior night, and the starting seniors had something to prove to their home fans. Well, they proved quite a bit in this one, beating the visiting Lady Eagles by 40 points. Although they completely controlled every portion of this game, the Lady Locos actually could’ve had an even bigger lead if they had made their free throws. Laurel shot 14/32 on free throws, leaving 18 free points off the board. Nonetheless, Laurel dominated on their senior night and never looked back. All four seniors combined for 15 points, with 13 coming from Aspen Cotter. Riley Chapman contributed two points, three rebounds and a steal. Kaitlyn Dawes added two rebounds, and McKenna Robertus added two rebounds and two steals.

 

Feb. 8 Boys

Sidney 29, Laurel 57

Sidney 3 12 7 7 — 29 Laurel 13 20 11 13 — 57

On the boys’ senior night, they had even more senior contribution. And much like the girls’ game with the Eagles, the boys pulled away with this game early on. “I thought (the boys) defended and rebounded the ball extremely hard on their Senior Night,” coach Pat Hansen said about his group of guys. Defended well is exactly what they did, forcing Sidney to shoot 28%

from the field this game. On top of that, Laurel finished the first quarter up 13-3,

and went into half time up 33-15. They went on to win easily, 57-29, thanks to all six seniors contributing as best as they could. Gaje Leischner, Logan Kennedy and Levi Taylor combined for 33 points, which is more points than the entire roster of Sidney had in this game. Senior Paul O’Neil did not score in this game, but he added a rebound, three steals, and three assists as well as no turnovers. Senior Gus Crowl added two rebounds and an assist.

 

Feb. 9 Boys

Glendive 30, Laurel 58

Glendive 5 7 8 10 — 30 Laurel 16 16 14 12 — 58

Like the last game, coach Pat Hansen noted how well his team played defensively and how they got after rebounds aggressively. They once again jumped out to a large lead and never looked back. They kept adding onto the lead throughout the game to eventually win

by 28 points, with the final score reading

58-30. The boys shot incredibly well from inside the three point line in this game, shooting 20/28 (71%). They also made 12/14 free throws. Colter Bales led the way in scoring with his 19 points, three rebounds, and four steals. Gaje Leischner, 14, and Levi Taylor, 8, trailed Bales as the other leading scorers.

 

Feb. 9 Girls

Glendive 28, Laurel 48

Glendive 6 4 10 8 — 28 Laurel 1316 8 11 — 48

The girls once again looked great, and it is a good time to be looking this great late in the season. In their second to last game of the season, the girls showed once again why they are currently sitting atop of the Eastern A. They took a 19 point lead into half time, and proceeded through the 16 minutes of the second half on cruise control, but still maintained the big gap in their lead. Although a few players got in foul trouble, Laurel found a way to come out on top in the end, 48-28. Mya Hansen led the way for the Laurel girls with her 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Junior Sammi Spitzer added 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Aspen Cotter added eight points along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Next up for the Laurel Locomotives is the Billings Central Rams. First, the girls will take on the Lady Rams for the girls’ last home game and their regular

season finale. The Lady Rams have just

three losses this season: Laurel, Hardin, and Havre. The game against Laurel was a nail biter down to the very end, which resulted in the Lady Locos winning 39-37 at the Dungeon in Billings. A win for the girls would lock up the number one seed in the Eastern A.

For the boys, they will cap off their regular season on the road against the Rams, who are currently second in the Eastern A, just one spot above the Locos. Laurel have all but clinched the third seed from the Eastern A, with Hardin and Billings Central too far out of reach in the standings. The last game against Billings Central, the boys took on the Rams at home and it wasn’t really close, with the Rams running away with the game 46-61. With this being the last game of the regular season, look for the boys to give everything they’ve got to their rivals in this game.

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