Joliet loses another close one to Shepherd

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Photo courtesy of Staci Nardinger.  Joliet’s Wyatt Kramer had 17 points in his team’s one point 54-53 loss to Shepherd last Friday.

After a tough first quarter the J-Hawks came roaring back and quickly dispatched Columbus in a 53-44 win last Thursday.
Joliet head coach John Nelson knew exactly what his boys did and what they are capable of.
“The boys started slow again and had to overcome a first-quarter deficit,” he said in reference to the 15-8 first quarter score and slow start to the game. “Columbus did a good job and shot the ball well and caused us some problems.”
The next two quarters the J-Hawks outscored their opponent 32-14 and entered the final period with full confidence.
Joliet did an outstanding job attacking the basket. Taylor Rowlison scored 13 of his game high 23 points from the line, going 13-15. His running mate Ty Olson had 17 and went 6-8 from the line.
“The kids played hard and did a really good job of attacking the hoop,” said Nelson.

Joliet def. Columbus 53-44
Columbus 15  8 6 15 — 44 
Joliet 8 16 16 13 — 53 
Columbus: Chuck Miller 4, Riley Livingston 19, Jace Aumueller 2, Zach Sutton 8, Brandon Horton 11. 
Joliet: Wyatt Kramer 4, Logan Mydland 3, Brett Robinson 2, Taylor Rowlison 23, Matt George 4, Ty Olson 17.  

In their second time playing a conference game against Shepherd this season, Joliet had to overcome past ghosts. In the previous contest in December they lost by one point. A little over a month later and it didn’t look like that would be the case again.
The game started out terribly for Joliet, eventually entering the final period down by 14. Coach John Nelson’s boys weren’t ready to give up yet though.
The J-Hawks outscored their opponent 23-10 in the final period and had a chance to take the game.
“We made shots and got a little spark with about three minutes to go in the game,” said Joliet coach John Nelson.
Joliet eventually lost by one, 54-53.
Wyatt Kramer, Taylor Rowlison and Ty Olson all had standout games with 27, 15 and 12, but it just wasn’t quite enough.
The difference in this game came from the free throw line. Shepherd went 10-13 and the J-Hawks 8-17. Every season some teams have the right assemblage of players to beat other teams. Hopefully the J-Hawks can overcome Shepherd, however so far it has not gone well. Losing in a blowout or losing by single-digits all feels the same.
Joliet plays Harlowton, tonight, in Joliet at 7:30 p.m.
The J-Hawks still stand tall in their conference, but with two of their three losses in matches against Shepherd, it could be worse. The J-Hawks will still be a force to be reckoned with come the tournament.

Shepherd 54 def. Joliet 54-53
Joliet 9 9 12 23 — 53 
Shepherd 11 18 15 10 — 54 
Joliet: Wyatt Kramer 17, Bret Robinson 3, Taylor Rowlison 15, Rylan Olson 3, Matt George 3, Ty Olson 12. 
Shepherd: Griffin Butsch 5, Chad Nebel 9, Jake Trotter 12, Spencer Lepley 2, Bryce Mocabee 3, Dallas Mittlestadt 2, Colten Fisher 2, Sam Barthuly 19. 

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