JACKSON, Wyo. — Struggles continue for the high school basketball programs. The girls and boys lost at home last weekend to Big Piney.
For the girls, it was a game there for the taking and, for three quarters, it looked like the Lady Broncs would salt away their second win of the season.
But a fourth quarter let down handed the victory to the Punchers as they pulled away from Jackson to take the 46-38 win.
The sister combination of senior point guard Hailey Hardeman and freshman forward Gracie Hardeman made magic on a couple of occasions when the elder Hardeman seemed to know where her younger sister was on the floor at all times.
Megan Tucker (10 points) and Holland Gaston also had strong games for the Lady Broncs who let this one slip away and drop their record to 1-9. The Lady Punchers snapped a 5-game losing streak to improve to 3-8 on the season.
The boys have also had trouble finishing games. Last Saturday afternoon they had trouble getting started as well. The Broncs spent all afternoon chasing the Punchers; they never had the lead but never let Big Piney run away from them.
Aidan Walker and Colter Dawson—both 6’4”—did an admirable job on Big Piney’s big man Hadley Sims. But it was the outside shooting of the Punchers that doomed the Broncs. Punchers’ Arye Espenscheid was electric from beyond the arc in the first half and when he went cold, Bryan Pluid was nearly unstoppable in the second half.
Jackson shooting guard Evan Brunner could not get much to fall from the perimeter. Gavin Brunner and Silas Wotkyns had their moments but Jackson could not sustain any momentum after big buckets.
Jackson’s loss to Big Piney by a 65-50 final, drops the Broncs to 0-10. The Punchers improved their record to 8-3.
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