8th grade A basketball wins two blowouts
The Clear Creek Middle School Bandits eighth grade A team hosted a triangular with Worland and Thermopolis last weekend and came away with two lopsided victories.
In the first game against Worland, the Bandits got off to a fast start and opened up a 16-5 lead.
“So far on the season, fast starts with good defense have been a trademark of this team and I hope to see that continue,” said coach Derek Andrews.
The bandits came out in the third quarter the same way they started the game with good pressure defense that held Worland scoreless in the third quarter.
Andrews cited the team’s “unselfish and balanced scoring” as difficult to defend and the team had multiple scorers in the 51-16 victory.
Marshall Peters and Hayden Jawors lead the team with nine points each followed by Brady Engling and Zayne Huber with apiece.
Despite a slower start in game No. 2 against Thermopolis, the Bandits still had a comfortable 28-14 halftime lead.
“In the second half, the energy was picking up and the Bandits came out with a 19- 3 third quarter that put the game out of reach,” Andrews said.
Chase Hatch recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Konnor Rodriguez had 12 points in another balanced scoring attack.
The 54-20 victory moves the Bandits to 4-1 on the season.
7th grade A Bandits 1-2 in busy week
The Clear Creek Middle School Bandits seventh grade A team picked up a win and dropped two in a busy week of basketball.
Hosting Sheridan on Jan. 19, the Bandits had a strong start, and only trailed by two at the half. But a resurgent Broncs team put the brakes on the Bandits, allowing only eight points in the second half in the 40-25 loss for the Bandits.
Nate Miner led the team with 13 points and Orion Ostheimer had four.
On Saturday the Bandits hosted Worland and Thermopolis.
In the opening game against Worland, the Bandits jumped out to an early lead that they maintained in the 41-16 rout.
“Our defense created a lot of turnovers against Worland,” coach Dick Edgcomb said. “We jumped out to an early lead and just pulled away after that. We got scoring help from eight different players so that was great to see.”
Johnathan Rosalez poured in 13 points and Miner had 10 in the victory.
The Bandits faced a formidable Thermopolis team that had “size, speed and decent shooting,” Edgcomb said of the 36-26 loss.
“They were well coached and adjusted to our defenses as the game went on,” Edgcomb said. “Under the basket they had a tall player who really hurt us, he scored 18 of their 36 points.”
Miner led scorers with 15 points, James Ihnat added three.
“Overall, we are learning how to be a team, how to play together on both ends of the court,” Edgcomb said. “Our biggest weakness right now is shooting. For the two games combined on Saturday we shot 18%. We are getting looks at the baskets, 141 shots in two games, but we only made 25 of them. t’s something we’ll continue to emphasize in practice.”