Pine Bluffs stings all at Winter Classic


Patrick Cossel/Pine Bluffs Post

Hunter Thompson powers through Big Horn defenders on Friday. The Hornets went 4-0 last weekend to improve their overall record to 9-2.

Hornets buzz past Kaycee

Solid performance and multiple players scoring double digits, helped the Pine Bluffs Hornets sweep all teams at the Winter Classic in Sheridan County, last weekend. The Hornets started play against Kaycee.

Hunter Thompson and Kyle Steger combined for 34 points against Kaycee, on Thursday evening.

The Hornets scored 14 points in the first period and followed with 12 more in the second to lead 26-20 at the half.

Kaycee outscored the Hornets 10-7 in the third but could not take the lead. Pine Bluffs then powered away for 21 points in the fourth to finish the game 54-44.

Thompson led all scoring with 18. Steger was right behind him with 15. Haize Fornstrom put up 9, Kyle Jeffres and Trent Werner each had 4. Alex Graves and Tucker Norman both scored two.

Thompson – Fornstrom combo too much for Rams

Hunter Thompson nocked down 12 points in the fourth quarter to break a tie and give the Pine Bluffs Hornets a win, on Friday, in Big Horn, 57-48.

Thompson, who was relatively quiet in the first half, seemed unstoppable at the free throw line and in the paint. Thompson went 8 for 14 at the line and knocked down 8 buckets for 16 points.

Also shooting double digits was Haize Fornstrom. Haize shot a solid 83 percent in free throws going 5 for 6 at the line. He also tallied 8 more points by way of two point shots.

Pine Bluffs led the Rams 10-7 at the end of the first. By half time they were up 25-19.

The third quarter had some excitement as the Rams scratched their way back into the game including taking the lead on a buzzer-beating three-point shot by Colton Bates.

Big Horn took the lead for the first time on the contest in the fourth on a free throw, 38-39.

After that the Hornets seemed to rally around each other and began to run the scoreboard. Thompson, Kyle Jeffres, and Chris Fornstrom all helped push the scoreboard to the final buzzer.

Thompson led in scoring with 24 points. Haize followed 13. Kyle Steger had 6, Jeffres scored 9 including going one for 2 at the free throw line. Chris Fornstrom scored 3, and Andrew Fornstrom had two.

Hornets stave off Shoshoni

A sluggish second half almost cost the Hornets the game, Friday night, against Shoshoni. Pine Bluffs held on to win a close one 51-50.

Thompson, H. Fornstrom, and Steger all put up double digit scoring in the effort.

Pine Bluffs scored 20 points in the first period to take an early lead, 20-12.

Not to be outdone, Shoshoni outscored the Hornets, 14-10 in the second to draw within 4. At the half the Hornets held on to a 30-26 lead.

Riding the momentum wave, Shoshoni came out of the locker room to outscore the Hornets 11-13 to pull within two.

Shoshoni again out did the Hornets in the fourth, but couldn't muster enough points to overcome the Pine Bluffs lead. The Hornets scored 10 points in the final frame to win 50-51.

Thomspon again led all scorers with 15. H. Fornstrom scored 14. Kyle Steger put up 13.

Trent Werner scored 5, Chris Fornstrom and Kyle Jeffres had 2.

Hornets put up solid numbers against Tongue River

Pine Bluffs also played against the Tongue River Eagles while in Sheridan County, last week.

The Hornets led the entire game including being up 30-15 at the half.

The second half was much the same as the Hornets continued to outscore the Eagles, 20-8 in third and 16-9 in the fourth.

At the final buzzer Pine Bluffs won, 66-32.

Once again three Hornets shot for double digit scoring. Leading all scoring was Thompson with 24. He was followed by H. Fornstrom with 19 and Kyle Jeffres with 14. Tucker Norman scored 4, Alex Graves and Trent Werner each scored 2, Kyle Steger had 1.

"I thought we had a good weekend in Sheridan." Said head coach Will Gray. "The kids fought and battled all weekend long; we are very proud of how they played through various types of adversity," he said.

"I thought we learned valuable lessons in each game and we are looking forward to starting our conference schedule this week. We had to throw some young kids into several games due to foul trouble and they handled themselves very well," Gray said.


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