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By Jack H. Smith
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Wolves rebound with win against Fairfield

 

December 18, 2019

Micaiah Hauser prepares to shoot a three against Huntley Project last Friday at the Imerys Tournament. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

Trailing 33-10 at halftime of their season opener against Huntley Project, Three Forks High School boys basketball Head Coach Terry Hauser told his team to not give up, push the tempo, and play hard. The Wolves listened to their head coach and while they were not able to come away with a victory in the 54-38 loss, played a tremendous second half and carried the momentum to Saturday where they picked up an impressive 65-57 win against Fairfield.

In Friday's game against Huntley Project, Three Forks would trail by 27 before a furious comeback would cut the lead to 10 with 7:12 left in the game on a Zach Pitcher three-pointer, his fourth of the game.

Hauser was impressed with the way his team responded after halftime at the game that was part of the Imerys Tournament.

"Props to the kids because they just kept chipping away at the lead. I told them two or three possessions were the difference in the fourth quarter," he said.

With only three players having a lot of varsity experience, Hauser felt the young team was a little nervous at the start of the game and was settling for their shots.

Owen Long and the Three Forks Wolves will be on the road this week with games against Big Timber and Whitehall. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

"I'm excited about where we are at. We need to just keep getting better," he said.

Three Forks came out strong Saturday and took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 30-24 lead into halftime. The Eagles would respond with a strong third quarter and held a 45-44 lead going into the final quarter.

The Wolves would respond with their best quarter of the season outscoring Fairfield 21-12 in the final quarter.

Three Forks was led in scoring by senior Dustin Dalke with 24 points. Senior Micaiah Hauser also had a huge night with 23 points. Austin Allen added eight, Owen Long finished with six, Pitcher had three and Tyler Williams had one point.

The Wolves will open their conference season this with two road conference matchups. Three Forks will play Big Timber Thursday and Whitehall Friday.

 

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