By Grayson Bell, Big Sky Weekly Cub Reporter
On Saturday, Dec. 10 the Lone Peak High School
basketball teams opened up their season. The three
teams traveled to Mount Ellis Academy for a night
filled with basketball action.
The junior varsity game started off very defensively,
with both teams playing at high intensity, and
stayed this way until the final buzzer. At the end of
the first quarter Lone Peak led 9–5.
Mount Ellis took offensive control in the second
quarter, almost tripling their score from the fist
The Big Horns came out with almost no offense
except for a mid range jumper and free throw from
Trevor House. Mount Ellis led the Big Horns 13–12
at the end of the second.
Coming out of the locker room at halftime it was
much of the same; defense, defense, defense. The
only points for the Big Horns came on a 3-pointer by
freshman Griffin House and a shot in the paint by
freshman Justin McKillop.
At the end of the third quarter, Mount Ellis was up
In the fourth quarter McKillop came out with unmatched
intensity. McKillop accounted for seven of
the 13 points for the Big Horns in the fourth quarter.
McKillop’s late-game intensity was not enough to
bring in a win for the Big Horns, and Mount Ellis.
The LPHS girls played their first game in Lone Peak
High School history that night.
The Lady Big Horns were at a disadvantage in numbers,
with six girls to Eagles’ 11. This didn’t stop the
Big Horns from hustling and playing great defense.
The first half saw bright glimpses of offense from
freshmen Gabby Michel, Tehya Braun and Gabrielle
In the third quarter the Lady Big Horns held the
Eagles to only two points of offense, but in the end,
Mount Ellis was too much for the Lady Big Horns.
Mount Ellis won the game 35–12.
Four Big Horns starters are freshman and will
continue to improve. Tehya Braun scored half of the
points for the team.
The varsity boys came from a successful previous
year, but it was apparent from the beginning that
the Big Horns had the first game jitters. Junior
Haven Morris, who has looked promising for
years, accounted for more than half of the Big
He ended the night with 19 points and made 3 of
5 from the free throw line. In the end, the Mount
Ellis Eagles showed a higher intensity and desire
to win, and the team won 50–29.
The first home games will be on Jan. 5 against the
Shields Valley Rebels. The Big Horns would love
to see the support of the community at that game.