Feb 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorVeteran Little Snake River boys basketball coach Paul Prestrud knew his team would be in battle with St. Stephen's Thursday night in the opening round basketball game in the Class 1-A West regional tournament.
Prestrud was right, but Little Snake River managed a very intense 77-66 win over St. Stephen's at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.
St. Stephen's was coming off a 78-60 victory against Hanna Elk Mountain in the "pigtail" game Monday.
Little Snake River is a No. 1 seed. St. Stephen's is No. 4.
"It was hard-fought game," Prestrud said.
"We knew that St. Stephen's could score a lot of points. We ran with them, but we have to do our game."
St. Stephen's played Cokeville Friday afternoon in a consolation game to stay alive in the tournament.
Little Snake River advanced to a Friday night semifinal game vs. Ten Sleep.
"Burlington has been the team to beat all year," Prestrud said. "We are chasing them from a good spot. We are pretty good where we are."
The Little Snake River girls rolled over St. Stephen's 81-40 in a first-round game in Lander.
St. Stephen's played Hanna Elk Mountain Friday in a consolation game.
Little Snake River faced Burlington in one of the semifinals.
Little Snake River boys 77, St. Stephen's 66
"We talked to them at halftime, and we knew we had to go back to do the things that we did," Prestrud said.
"When we started to pass the ball around, we got the shots that were closer and easier."
Prestrud said the third quarter was the key. Snake River outscored St. Stephen's 23-8 to take away any hopes of an upset by the Eagles.
Little Snake River's Garrett Grieve registered 27 points.
"Garrett had a rough first half, but he gathered his thoughts and finished really well," Prestrud said.
St. Stephen's center Cole Littleshield finished with 28 points.
Lakota Oldman added 16 points. Oldman poured in 39 points Monday in the win over Hanna Monday.
Little Snake River girls 81, St. Stephen's 40
Little Snake River jumped out to a 17-0 lead for the huge advantage in the first period.
Marcell Oldman put her team on the scoreboard, but the damage had already been done.
Oldman finished with 14 points, but a lot of the baskets came late in the game when the outcome was not in doubt.
Little Snake River had a balanced attack with four players in double figures.
Lydia Skalberg knocked in 25 points. Tayler Kaisler had 15, Sarah Herold finished with 17, and Katie Lee put in 13.
Little Snake River boys 77,
St. Stephen's 66
LSRHS 19 14 22 22 -- 77
SSHS 16 14 15 21 -- 66
Little Snake River -- Conner Lee 5 8-14 18, Grayson Lee 1 (2) 2-4 10, Garrett Grieve 11 (1) 2-7 27, Cole Gourlay 1 1-3 3, Manuel Quinteros 4 4-7 12, Tanner Jensen 3 1-2 7. Totals 25 (3) 18-31.
St. Stephen's -- Cole Littleshield 11 (2) 0-2 28, Ruben Roman 1 0-0 2, Sam Teran 2 4-8 8, Lakota Oldman 5 (2) 0-0 16, Jarron Arthur 3 0-0 6, Brandon C' Hair 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 (4) 4-10 66.
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