Hornets roll through weekend with double win

Werner lights up Lingle-Ft. Laramie with six three-pointers


Jimmie Earls/Pine Bluffs Post

Pine Bluffs senior Trent Werner, left, follows through on one of his six three-point shots against Lingle-Ft. Laramie last Saturday as the Hornets closed out their regular season with a 81-41 win and an overall record of 21-2.

The regular season ended with a pair of wins for the Pine Bluffs Hornets as they downed Southeast on the road and Lingle-Fort Laramie at home.

"We ended the regular season on a high note," said head coach Will Gray. "The kids played well both nights and finished with 21 regular season wins."

The Hornets started their weekend with what looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair by both teams against Southeast. Pine Bluffs scored 23 in the first quarter while giving up 15 to the home team.

By the time the second quarter started, the Hornets settled in and went to work both offensively and defensively.

In the third and fourth quarters, the Hornets did what they have been doing all season long – put up points. Pine Bluffs scored 14 in the third and another in 11 in the fourth.

Defensively they kept Southeast to seven in the third and four in the fourth.

"The kids did a great job of defending their post players who hurt us the last time we played them. I thought as a group they played with tons of energy," Gray said.

Hunter Thompson had the hot hands on the night as he scored 25 points. Thompson hit 7-for-13 inside the arch and added two three-pointers to his total.

Haize Fornstrom and Kyle Steger also hit double digits with 10 points each. Fornstrom was two-for-two at the free throw line. Steger was one-for-two in three-pointers.

Trent Werner scored nine with a pair of three-pointers. Tucker Norman had eight, Hunter Jeffres had two and Kyle Jeffres had one.

Returning home on Saturday to celebrate senior night and to take on Lingle-Fort Laramie, the Hornets secured their second win of the weekend, winning 81-41.

Hitting an outstanding 6-for-13 in three-pointers, Werner seemed to light up the scoreboard from beyond the arch. Werner scored 18 points on the night.

Offensively, it was all Pine Bluffs. The Hornets opened the game with 25 points in the first quarter while holding Lingle-Ft. Laramie to nine.

Lingle-Ft. Laramie found some better shooting lanes in the second as they tallied 15 points; however, Pine Bluffs continued to dominate as the home team scored 21.

At the half, Pine Bluffs had a commanding 46-24 lead.

In the final two quarters of the game, Pine Bluffs continued to dominate offensively. The Hornets scored 18 in the third and 17 in the fourth. They gave up a combined 17 points to Lingle-Ft. Laramie in the final half of the game.

"The kids started fast and hit shots. We gave up some easy buckets early but locked things down. It was a good night to finish our senior players home careers," Gray said.

Fornstrom led the Pine Bluffs scoring effort with 21. Werner followed with 18. Thompson had 16. Kyle Steger had nine, Tucker Norman had eight, Jaiden Fornstrom had four, Chris Fornstrom and Hunter Jeffres both scored two and Kyle Jeffres had one.

The game against Lingle-Ft. Laramie wrapped up the regular season for the Hornets. With the regular season over, the team must now switch gears to Regionals.

"We are looking forward to the regional tournament in Cheyenne this coming week. We play at 1:30 at Storey Gym," Gray said.

The Hornets will face Sundance in the first round.


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