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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Learning from adversity: Wolves rebound with win


January 23, 2019

Following a tough 81-60 loss Thursday night at home to Big Timber, Three Forks High School boys basketball coach said his team had a great talk about coming together in moments of adversity.

"We weren't a 'team' on Thursday. We were struggling getting along and guys were trying to take the game on themselves. We expressed the love that we have for each other and how much better we will be if their hearts are full," Hauser said.

The Wolves responded from the setback in impressive fashion and picked up their eighth win of the season Saturday night with a 51-37 road victory over Columbus.

After taking a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, Hauser challenged his team to hold the Cougars under 10 points in the second quarter. Columbus would score a total of 13 points in the second and third quarters and Three Forks (8-4, 4-2 5B) would push their lead to 25 points going into the fourth.

"We have been struggling scoring but keep telling the guys if they can play great defense, we will always have a chance to win. We gave up 80 points against Big Timber, so we had to come back Saturday and accept the challenge defensively," he said. "The kids responded, and we played a lot better team basketball. We also came back Monday and had what I thought to be our best practice of the year. So, I am very proud of the guys right now for stepping up and taking the challenge. Great teams thrive in moments of adversity."

Jack H. Smith

Three Forks senior Colter Miller puts up the shot last week against Big Timber. He finished the game with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Voice photo by Jack H. Smith

Senior Payden Lynn led the team in scoring with 15 points, and Dustin Dalke was also in double figures with 12. Colter Miller finished sixth seven, Bryson Olson had six, and Zach Pitcher finished with four. Kaeson Long, Dallas Cooper, Owen Long, and Corey Yecny each finished with two points.

In the game against Big Timber, Miller had a huge night for the Wolves with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Lynn added 13, Olson had five, and Owen Long finished with three. Dalke, Cooper, Austin Alley and Yecny each finished with two points.

The Wolves will return home Thursday for a matchup against Whitehall and will be on the road Friday for a matchup with Jefferson High School in Boulder.

Looking towards the two games, Hauser wants his team to stay together and to play team basketball.

"Let the game come to you on offense don't force bad shots and play off of each other. Defensively we have to keep doing what we have been doing all year long. We need to force them into taking bad shots and disrupting their offense, nothing easy. Communication will be key on both ends of the floor," he said.


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