Laurel boys find success in Wyoming tournament

Outlook staff writer

The Laurel boys went 2-1 in the Star Valley Shootout tournament in Afton, Wyo. over the weekend with Camden Hill leading the Locos in productivity, averaging 17.6 points and five rebounds per game.
The Locos won their first game last Thursday against Star Valley 54-44.
Coach Pat Hansen said the team played well for the first three quarters. “We had a small letdown [in the fourth quarter] but did a nice job of finishing the game.”
Hill led all scorers with 21 points and added eight rebounds. Gage Lieschner had 16 and added seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Trey Soucy had six points and four rebounds.
In their second game, at 5 p.m. on Friday, they fell 58-35 against Hillcrest from Idaho Falls; who trounced the Owyhee Braves from Owyhee, Nev. 87-12 in the Friday morning quarterfinal game.
Hansen said they had size (10 of 12 players were over six feet tall) and quickness and were good ball handlers and shooters.
“They are a big school [1,600 students] and had a high basketball IQ. They were one of the best teams we have played in the last three years. We struggled adapting to their quickness and intensity in the first quarter, played them straight up in the middle quarters, then just couldn’t make a run in the fourth quarter against a very good team,” he said.
The Locos shot less than 40 percent from the free throw line, going 5-17 for the game.
Hill led Laurel with 14 points and Lieschner added six.
Then Laurel closed out the Star Valley Shootout strong, defeating the Sugar-Salem Diggers of Idaho 49-37 on Saturday. Coach Hansen called it the team’s most complete game of the tournament.
“The kids displayed high intensity on defense throughout the game.  I liked how they withstood a small comeback by [the Diggers] and then finished well on defense and made their free throws.”
Hill led the Locos with 18 points and six rebounds. Lieschner added nine points and four rebounds and Brett Wagner had seven.
“We are starting to show improvement on the defensive side and getting to the free throw line more  We played three very talented teams that were well coached.  Those games were very good for our boys.”
Laurel hosts Hardin tonight at 7:30 p.m., then are off until Jan. 6 when they face Miles City.


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