Laurel boys split season opening games

By: 
CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer
Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin. Laurel’s Levi Taylor drives by a Billings Senior defender during Saturday’s home game. The Locos defeated Columbus 62-32 on Friday and fell to the Broncs on Saturday, 63-46.
Laurel players fight for a rebound.    Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin. The Lady Locos split games over the weekend, defeating Columbus 48-31 on Friday and falling to Billings Senior at home on Saturday 63-46.

The Laurel boys split basketball games over the weekend, defeating Columbus 62-32 on the road Friday, then falling to Billings Senior at home on Saturday, 63-46.

Laurel dominated Columbus on Friday with Camden Hill and Gaje Lieschner leading the team with 18 and 16 points respectively. The Locos shot 40 percent from the field and the defense held the Cougars to just 24 percent shooting.

Coach Pat Hansen said they had a good opening game and the defense was strong.

“We turned the ball over 22 times (15 of them were travels) but they were turnovers doing the right thing. We forced 33 turnovers,” he said.

On Saturday the Locos took better control of the ball on offense, turning the ball over half as many times (11), but stalled in the fourth quarter, falling to the Broncs by 17.

The final quarter began with the score tied at 40 and Hansen said they “had the opportunity to seize the moment against a very talented AA team.” 

Defensive struggles in the first two minutes cost the Locos and Senior took the lead on four consecutive uncontested shots.

“We missed two very good looks at the basket and turned the ball over a couple of additional times. Billings Senior capitalized on those mistakes. We just can’t have that breakdown,” Hansen said.

“The kids played extremely hard and competed very well [it was] just unfortunate that those two minutes were the difference in seizing the moment or not seizing it.  [This] was a very good and important learning lesson for us this early in the year.”

The Locos shot 41 percent from the field compared to Senior’s 62 percent and Hill led Laurel with 20 points. Levi Taylor added 10 points and Leischner nine.

Laurel’s next games are Dec. 14-16 at a tournament in Afton, Wyo.

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