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Big Horns ride hot streak to a districts win



By Tyler Allen Explore Big Sky Associate Editor

BUTTE/BIG SKY – The Big Horns scored in bunches to finish off the 2014 regular season with

three big wins at home, riding that momentum all the way to Butte Feb. 19 and a District 11/12C

Tournament play-in win against West Yellowstone, 55-16.

The sixth-seeded Big Horns defeated the No. 11 Wolverines with a shut-down defense, and

scoring led by junior Trevor House with 15 points, junior Justin Mckillop’s 13, and 10 from

freshman Eddie Starz. Andrew Watt put up half the Wolverines’ points with 8. The Big Horns

moved on to the tournament’s double elimination round and play Twin Bridges at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Lone Peak was playing strong prior to tournament play.

The team started rolling in the fourth quarter versus White Sulphur Springs on Feb. 8. They took

a one-point lead into the final frame but outscored the visiting Hornets 21-10 down the stretch to

seal the 66-54 win. The Big Horns went 26 of 35 from the free-throw line, including draining their

last 10 tries. Junior Trevor House put up 19 points in the contest, sophomore Tucker Hensley

added 15, and junior Justin McKillop finished with 14.

The Big Horns scored a season high 48 first-half points with a balanced scoring attack against

West Yellowstone Feb. 14, and won 76-41. Freshman James Ramirez paced the team with

14 points, while junior Cooper Shea put up 13, and Trevor House added 12 versus the rival


On Feb. 15, the Big Horns set a single game school scoring record, thumping the Lima Bears

80-53. The win cemented their best regular-season record in the three-year history of the

program, at 8-8. Ramirez dropped 19 points on the Bears, Trevor House scored 18, and

Hensley finished the game with 11.

Check or follow @explorebigsky on Twitter for tournament results.

By Maria Wyllie Explore Big Sky Staff Writer

BUTTE/BIG SKY – The Lone Peak High School girls’ varsity basketball team ended its

season with a loss to Ennis 10-43 at the 11/12 C District Tournament in Butte on

Feb. 18. They finished with a final conference record of 5-12 and final overall

record of 7-12.

A huge win against the White Sulphur Springs Hornets on Feb. 8 was followed by

a devastating loss against West Yellowstone on Feb. 14, putting them at No. 9 in

the standings heading into districts.

However, despite a rough ending, the team celebrated their biggest win of the

season against White Sulphur Springs, beating them 65-58. The Lady Big Horns

played smart and fast, and their opponents were unsettled by Lone Peak’s speed

and aggression.

Freshman Luisa Locker put up a game high of 25 points, and Bianca Godoy

crashed the boards hard with 10 rebounds. The team only had four turnovers the

entire game, with none in the second half. It was a true team effort, with every

player contributing both defensively and offensively.

School rivals the West Yellowstone Wolverines defeated the Big Horns on their

home court 55-47 after a heated battle. Evenly matched, both teams took turns

taking the lead, but West Yellowstone was able to pull away with a few more

made baskets down the stretch.

LPHS Head Coach Cyle Kokot attributed the loss primarily to turnovers and

missed free throws. The Big Horns defeated Lima the next day 60-34.

Maria Wyllie is also the assistant coach for the LPHS girls’ varsity basketball


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