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By Jimmie Earls
Pine Bluffs Post Editor 

Thompson sets single-game points record vs. Kimball

Unbeaten Hornets roll past Longhorns, Broncs and Tigers


Drew Biesecker

Pine Bluffs senior Hunter Thompson (center) hangs onto the rim after slamming home two points against the Kimball Longhorns last Tuesday. Thompson scored 43 points on the night, setting a new single-game scoring record for Pine Bluffs with 43, beating the previous total of 38 set by Duane Gilbert in 1993.

The Pine Bluffs Hornets scored 86 points against the Kimball Longhorns on Tuesday, Feb. 7; half of those were scored by senior Hunter Thompson, who single-handedly outscored the entire Longhorn team, who only netted 41 on the night.

Thompson's 43 points also set the single-game scoring record for Pine Bluffs, breaking the former record of 38 set by Duane Gilbert in 1993.

"Hunter played at a very high level," said head coach Will Gray. "He was able to set the school's single-game scoring record of 43 points. The previous record was held by Duane Gilbert of 38 points. I think the most impressive part was that he only needed 21 shot attempts. He is a great kid and is very deserving of the attention that comes with it."

The win at Kimball started a series of victories for the Hornets, who also took down Burns and Niobrara County to finish out the week.


The Hornets pretty much put the game away in the first quarter, pounding the Longhorns 40-1 in the opening frame. Thompson sank six three-point shots in the first. They added another 20 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 60-18 lead at halftime.

Things calmed down in the second half as Pine Bluffs outscored Kimball 16-14 in the third quarter and 10-9 in the fourth to coast to a 86-41 win.

"The kids played with a ton of energy and made plays," said Gray.

Thompson and Haize Fornstrom posted double-doubles in the effort. Along with his 43 points, Thompson also totaled 11 rebounds. Haize scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds. Kyle Steger was the third Hornet in double-figure scoring with 10 points. Rounding out Pine scoring was Alex Graves with nine points, Tucker Norman with four and Hesston Fornstrom with one point.

Norman had nine rebounds, Hesston Fornstrom had five, Steger added four, Graves had three, Chris Fornstrom had two and Hunter Jeffres and Andrew Fornstrom had one each.

Chris Fornstorm led assists with five, followed by Thompson and Steger had four each, Haize Fornstrom had three, Graves and Norman each had two and Andrew Fornstrom had one.


After a few days rest, the Hornets flew into Burns last Friday to take on the Broncs. Momentum was still with Pine. The Hornets took an 18-3 lead in the first and were up 43-13 at halftime.

After outscoring Burns 16-3 in the third qurter, Pine had a 59-16 advantage.

Both teams scored five points each in the fourth and the Hornets won, 64-21.

"We played well from top to bottom," added Gray. "The kids brought a lot of energy to the floor and made plays by flying around."

Haize Fornstrom led Pine scoring with 21, Thompson had 16, Steger had 13, Norman and Andrew Fornstrom scored six each and Hesston Fornstrom scored two.

Haize led rebounding with seven, followed by Steger with six, Andrew Fornstrom with five, Thompson, Norman, Hesston Fornstrom and Chris Fornstrom each had three, Graves and Paul deManigold had one each.

Chris Fornstrom led assists with four, Thompson and Steger had three each, Haize Fornstrom had two and Andrew Fornstrom had one.

Niobrara County (Lusk)

Last Saturday was senior night and against the Tigers, Thompson posted a double-double and four Hornets in total reached double digits in points.

"Senior night is always tough for us," said Gray. "It is a chance for us to recognize a great group of kids, but it is bittersweet to know that they will not compete in our gym again. This is a group of kids that has done everything we have asked over the course of four years, and as coaches, we will be forever grateful for having the opportunity to be around them."

Pine took a 25-11 lead in the first and led 58-22 at the break.

The Hornets didn't let up in the second half, outpacing Lusk 14-11 in the third.

Pine put it away in the fourth, posting 22 points in the frame to just four points for the Tigers and the Hornets glided to a 94-37 win.

"In the first half we shot the ball as well as we ever have," Gray added. "It was neat to see all seven seniors score in the first quarter and be rewarded for their hard work."

Thompson's team-leading 25 points was followed by Chris Fornstrom with 17, Haize Fornstrom with 15, Steger with 13, Andrew Fornstrom, Norman and deManigold with five each, Graves with three and Hesston Fornstrom, Jaiden Fornstrom and Ishmael DePaulitte with two points each.

Thompson had 12 rebounds, followed by Steger with six, Haize Fornstrom with five, Norman with four, dePaulitte and Chris Fornstrom with two each, while Andrew Fornstrom, Hesston Fornstrom, Jaiden Fornstrom, Wyatt Fornstrom and Hunter Jeffres each had one.

Chris Fornstrom's eight assists led the team. Haize Fornstrom had five, Steger had four, Graves and Andrew Fornstrom had three each and Norman, Jeffres and Brian Steger had one each.

The Hornets wrap up the regular season this weekend. They travel to Yoder on Friday to take on Southeast and then to Lingle-Ft. Laramie on Saturday.


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