Hornets take three of four at Burns


Jimmie Earls/Pine Bluffs Post

Kyle Jeffres, right, puts the ball in the bucket against Wind River in boys basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Burns Winter Classic. The Hornets lost 81-60 to fall to 3-1 on the 2015-16 season.

Things were looking pretty good for the Pine Bluffs boys basketball team heading into the Burns Winter Classic last weekend. The Hornets started off 3-0 against their first three opponents, but then they ran into the defending state champs who handed Pine Bluffs its first loss on the season.


Pine Bluffs' first foe of the season was Kemmerer last Thursday. The Hornets jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the first quarter and padded it in the second quarter to take a 24-12 lead into intermission. PB continued to distance themselves from the Rangers in the third, outscoring them 17-6 to take a 41-18 lead going into the final quarter. Kemmerer mounted a late charge in the fourth, scoring 18 points compared to 10 scored by the Hornets. But it was too little, too late as the Hornets held on for the 51-36 win.

The Hornets were 22-for-60 from the field (36 percent) and 5-for-11 from the free throw line (45 percent).

Leading the Hornets in scoring was Hunter Thompson with 15 points and three assists, followed by Kyle Steger with 11 points and three assists, Kyle Jeffres with seven points, Haize Fornstrom with six points and three assists, Trent Werner with three points and one assist, Wyatt Fornstrom with three points, Alex Graves with two points and three assists, Hesston Fornstrom with two points and Andrew Fornstrom with two points.


The Hornets opened play on Friday with a rout of the Moorcroft Wolves. After taking a 20-2 lead in the first quarter, the game was already out of reach for the Wolves. The Hornets put up another 14 points in the second quarter and took a 34-8 lead into the break. PB continued tacking on points in the third, outpacing Moorcroft 18-3. The Hornets let up in the fourth, allowing the Wolves to outscore them 6-5 but the damage was already done as Pine Bluffs handed Moorcroft a 57-17 loss.

Pine Bluffs shot 59 percent from the floor (25-for-42) and 33 percent from the charity stripe (4-for-12).

Haize Fornstrom led Hornet scoring with 12 points with four assists, Hunter Thompson followed with 11 points and seven assists. Rounding out Hornet scoring was Trent Werner with nine points and two assists, Kyle Steger with seven points and three assists, Alex Graves had five points, Tucker Norman had four points, Hunter Jeffres had three points, Kyle Jeffres had two points and two assists, Wyatt Fornstrom had two points and Chris Fornstrom had two points and three assists.

Snake River

The streak continued into Friday evening for the Hornets as they next faced-off against the Snake River Rattlers.

The Hornets got off to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. After outdoing the Rattlers 14-8 in the second quarter, the Hornets took a 26-15 lead into the intermission.

Pine Bluffs doubled its score in the third by scoring 26 points against 13 by Snake River to give the Hornets a 52-28 advantage. PB was able to silence the Rattlers in the fourth by outscoring them 14-8 and earn the 66-36 victory.

From the field, the Hornets shot 45 percent (28-for-62) and shot 50 percent from the line (7-for-14).

Haize Fornstrom led PB with 19 points and one assist, followed by Kyle Jeffres with 13 points and two assists, Trent Werner with 12 points and three assists, Hunter Thompson with 10 points and six assists, Kyle Steger with eight points and two assists, Chris Fornstrom with two points and one assist and Alex Graves with two points and two assists.

Wind River

To wrap up the weekend, Pine Bluffs squared off against defending 2A state champs Wind River on Saturday.

From the start, it was going to be a tough contest. The Cougars doubled up the Hornets 18-9 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Wind River stayed just out of reach, outscoring PB 18-14 to take a 36-23 lead at the halfway mark.

In the second half, the Cougars continued to outpace the Hornets, scoring 19-7 respectively. Entering the final quarter of action, the Hornets were able to outscore the Cougars 30-26, but the deficit was too much as Wind River came out on top 81-60 and handed Pine Bluffs their first loss of the season.

Pine Bluffs was 24-for-58 from the floor (41 percent) while going 11-for-29 from the line (37 percent).

Hunter Thompson led Hornet scoring with 26 points and three assists, followed by Kyle Jeffres with 15 points and one assist, Haize Fornstrom with 11 points and one assist, Trent Werner with four points and one assist, Kyle Steger with two points and one assist and Hesston Fornstrom with two points.

This weekend, the Hornets are on the road to Lusk for the Tiger Jamboree, where they will play Greybull, Hill City (SD) and Arvada-Clearmont.


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