LHS boys finding their groove

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Photo courtesy of Gloria Allwin.  Dawson Cortese goes up for two in the Locomotive’s 47-point annihilation of the Glendive Red Devils. He led his team in scoring with eleven points in the 73-27 victory and was a huge part of the team’s current five-game win streak.
From the opening tip-off Laurel didn’t let the Red Devils even catch their breath as they dismantled their opponent 73-27 last Friday. The Locomotives held Glendive to a combined four-point first and fourth quarter. 
Thirteen different Laurel players scored in the game while shooting 61 percent from the field in the second half and playing tough defense throughout. 
The Locos led 19-2 after the first quarter and only allowed their opponents to reach the double-digits in scoring in a quarter once the entire game, in the second quarter Glendive scored 14-10 over Laurel and that was it. 
“I did not like our defensive execution in the second quarter,” said LHS coach Pat Hansen. “We shot just 22 percent in the second quarter. Shooting will be just that sometimes, but our defense needs to be consistent all the time.”
Hansen’t boys outscored their opponents 20-9 in the third and 24-2 in the fourth. Their defense was on full display from then on, giving them easy baskets and fast scoring.
Everyone scored in the game, but standouts were Dawson Cortese and Shay Osbourne who both had 11. Chanc Lawrence, Camden Hill and Christian Jones all had eight-points and Layne Willis had a modest six on the night.  
 
Laurel def. Glendive 73- 27
Glendive 2  14    9    2  —  27 
Laurel 19  10  20  24  —  73 
Glendive: Wyatt Buxbaum 2, Baxter Baker 2, Davide Bernasco 12, Robby Keiser 4, Lane Walker 2, Stephen Steinbaun 5. 
Laurel: Braeden Ewalt 3, Isaiah Renner 4, Casey Cole 3, Shay Osborne 11, Christian Jones 8, Connor Schwab 4, Brett Wagner 3, Layne Willis 6, Gaje Leischner 2, Dawson Cortese 11, Colt Spencer 2, Chanc Lawrence 8, Camden Hill 8. 
 
The Loco’s strong defense continued in their second game in two days as they took on Sidney on Saturday. 
Sidney is known for their athleticism, but Laurel had no problem defending or scoring on the Eagles in a 66-39 victory.
“I thought we defended well during the game,” said coach Pat Hansen. “The kids did a great job of playing the inside of the game and knowing their opponents tendencies.”
Layne Willis caught fire from behind the arc, going 6-9 from three-point land and finishing with 19 points for the game. 
Laurel shot 46 percent from the field and made 10 for 20 from behind the arc. 
Christian Jones had a quiet 17 points and Dawson Cortese, Shay Osborne and Chanc Lawrence are all coming into their own now that the Locomotives have a few more games in the books.  
With a deep bench and an amazing starting-five the boys are really starting to hit their stride at the right time. 
The victory capped off a four-game winning streak for the Locomotives as they are getting better and better as the season progresses moving to a 5-2 record overall. 
Expectations are high for the team as they are close to the top of their conference and face their rival Billings Central next. Both teams are neck and neck in their conference with almost identical records, Billings Central at 6-2 overall and both 3-1 in conference play. A win tonight would be a big confidence booster for either school as they will battle each other all season for second and third place in their conference. Hardin is first in the East and Sidney fourth. The Rams and the Locos are right in the middle. At 8-1 Hardin could be overtaken and with Sidney at 5-3 they could move up also, as each game Laurel plays get’s more important as the season moves ahead. 
The rivalry between the two schools is one of the oldest in the state. The 2009-10 regular season game went into five overtimes. Last year, Laurel lost both meetings with Billings Central in a 70-67 defeat at home and a two-point 44-42 loss in overtime in Billings. This year’s team has many of the same players who played on the championship team a few years ago as well as in the two losses against the Rams last season. The taste is still fresh in their mouths and the game will surely be a dog fight for players and fans. 
The Locomotives play the Rams in Laurel, tonight at 7:30 p.m.
 
Laurel def. Sidney 66-39
Sidney 10   9  12    8  —  39 
Laurel 15  18  19  14  —  66 
Sidney: Lovegren 3, Jones 9, Steinbeisser 10, McGinnis 1, Norby 4, Beyer 2, B. Larson 10.
Laurel: Braden Ewalt 3, Isaiah Renner 5, Shay Osborne 8, Christian Jones 17, Brett Wagner 3, Layne Willis 19, Dawson Cortese 4, Chanc Lawrence 7.

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