Broncs season ends at Regionals


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Burns senior Jas Singh looks for an open lane against a trio of Ram defenders as the Burns Broncs faced off against Big Horn in the opening round of the 2A Regional Tournament last Thursday in Cheyenne.

The Burns Broncs kicked off their Regional tournament play in Cheyenne with a loss to Big Horn, 77-41.

Big Horn came out strong against the Broncs in the first quarter. Burns was able to rally in the second quarter to get within striking distance of the Rams.

"We were down 16-0 early in this game and were able to make it a four-point game in the second quarter," said coach Sean Patterson.

Needing to gain some ground on the Rams in the second half of play, Burns found themselves spiraling fast.

"Big Horn came out in the third quarter and hit three big three-pointers and we struggled to take care of the ball," Patterson said.

As the final buzzer rang out, Big Horn got win, 77-41.

Klayton Clark and Sam Sharpe led in scoring with 14 each. They were followed by Jack Ickes, Jas Singh, and Tyler Norris with four. Alex Pyle had one.

With the loss to Big Horn, Burns found themselves in need of a win to stay in the tournament and to continue their season.

Their next opponent was Lusk.

The Broncs have faced Lusk twice this year. Their first engagement was on Jan. 16, with Lusk getting the win 37-34. The most recent time was on Feb. 6, where the Broncs stampeded past Lusk 71-42.

These two teams know each other which set up a great contest.

Burns once again found themselves starting slow.

"We struggled to get going early in this one, too," Patterson said.

Despite the slow start, the Broncs weren't quite ready to let their season come to an end.

"We did come alive in the second quarter and put ourselves in a great spot going into halftime," Patterson said.

The Broncs struggled to pick up any momentum coming out of the locker room and found themselves in trouble in the third quarter.

"In the third quarter we were not aggressive enough on offense and had two major breakdowns defensively that Lusk was able to capitalize on," Patterson said.

The kids kept fighting in the fourth quarter and we had some opportunities late, but Lusk knocked down free throws to seal the win," the coach said.

The final buzzer of the Broncs' season rang out, Lusk had the win, 46-41.

"We would like to thank the community for all their support this season and we are looking forward to a great off-season!" Patterson said.


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