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By Jimmie Earls
Pine Bluffs Post Editor 

Broncs win at Lusk; fall to Mitchell and Glenrock


Lisa Shaw

Burns' Sam Sharpe(33) wins the opening tip-off against the Niobrara County Tigers last Saturday. The Broncs were able to come home with a 56-21 victory after dropping two contests earlier in the week.

The Burns Broncs had a heavy schedule last week and they put a lot of miles in, traveling to both Mitchell, Neb. and Lusk.

At Mitchell

The week of action started in Mitchell, Neb. last Tuesday.

The host Tigers edged the Broncs 11-8 in the first quarter of play and padded their lead in the second to take a 25-14 advantage into the break.

The Broncs outscored Mitchell 10-9 in the third, but the Tigers roared back in the fourth and were able to get the 52-37 win and send the Broncs home with a loss.

"We battled some early foul trouble in the second quarter, but were able to get the game within four points twice in the second half," said head coach Sean Patterson.

Leading the Broncs in scoring was Klayton Clark with 18 points, Sam Sharpe had 9, Alex Pyle had 4 and Kolby Humphrey, Kaden Lakin and Jack Ickes each had 2.

Clark led Burns rebounds with 10, Tyler Norris had 7, Pyle had 5, Sharpe had 3, Ickes, Humphrey and Aiden Carroll each had 2, and Lakin and Brayden Wiesen each had 1.

Sharpe and Pyle each had three assists, followed by Norris with two and Ickes and Clark with one each.

At Home Vs. Glenrock

The Broncs were at home last Friday to play host to the Glenrock Herders.

The Herders led 8-7 after the first quarter and took a 25-19 lead into halftime.

The Broncs tried to edge their way back in the third, outscoring Glenrock 13-10 to close within three points, but the Herders kept the Broncs at bay in the fourth and held on for the 47-42 win.

"This was a physical game as we expected," added Coach Patterson. "We gave ourselves opportunities down the stretch, but couldn't cash them into points."

Clark led Burns scoring with 19 points, followed by Sharpe with 16, Norris and Carroll each with 3 and Ickes with 1.

Sharpe had 10 rebounds to get a double-double on the evening. Norris had 9, Carroll had 5, Pyle and Clark each had 4, while Ickes and Humphrey had 1 each.

Carroll and Clark had four assists each, Sharpe had three, Ickes had two and Humphrey had one.

At Niobrara County

The next day, the Broncs headed out to Lusk to face the Niobrara County Tigers. With two losses under their belts earlier in the week, the Broncs were due for a good outing.

The first quarter was all Broncs as they posted 25 unanswered points on the board to lead 25-0 at the end of the first.

The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard in the second but the Broncs were able to pad their lead and take a 36-9 lead into the break.

The Broncs outscored Lusk 12-4 in the third to go up 48-13.

Both teams posted eight points in the fourth and the Broncs were able to come home with a 56-21 rout of the Tigers.

"We got off to a great start, shooting and moving the ball," said Patterson. "We loved the defensive energy and focus we played with for all four quarters. It was great to break through and put everything together to get a big team win!"

Clark had another double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.

Tyler Norris had 17 points, Ickes and Sharpe had 6 points each, Humphrey and Pyle each had 2, and Wyatt Ebben, Keenan Manlove and Raymond Delgado had 1 point each.

Besides Clark's 13 rebounds, Sharpe had 6, Norris had 5, Humphrey had 3, Manlove, Lakin and Wiesen each had 2 and Ickes had 1.

Clark had four assists, followed by Sharpe with three and two each by Carroll, Ickes, Pyle, Wiesen and Norris.

This Friday, the Broncs will visit Pine Bluffs to face the undefeated defending 2A state champions.


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