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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves sweep Jefferson High School

 

January 8, 2020

Dustin Dalke works inside earlier this season against Whitehall. Three Forks will next play Friday when they host Manhattan. Voice photo by Jack H. Smith

While they had not played a game in two-weeks, the Three Forks High School boys basketball team showed little rust offensively in last Fridays' 76-61 road win over Jefferson High School.

The Wolves (4-1, 3-0 5B) came out of the gates strong and took a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"I was happy with our energy. Our offense was great, and we are not struggling to score which is nice," said Head Coach Terry Hauser.

The Panthers were able to get back into the game outscoring Three Forks 22-17 in the second quarter to cut the lead to 41-32 at the half. The Wolves would have another huge quarter in the third outscoring Jefferson 26-13 to take a 67-45 lead into the final quarter.

Hauser said his team needs to get better defensively as well as communicating more on both ends of the floor.

"We gave up 22 points in the 2nd quarter but came out in the 2nd half and really clamped down," he said.

The Wolves had three players in double figures with Dustin Dalke leading the way with 20, Owen Long finishing with 19, and Micaiah Hauser adding 18.

Hauser says it helps the team out a lot to have three guys with such big scoring nights.

"We have five guys that are more than capable of stepping up and scoring in double digits. They can all shoot it and put it on the floor which makes us very hard to defend," he said.

Austin Allen added eight, Ayden Warren finished with five, Zach Pitcher had three, and Tyler Williams ended his night with two points.

The Wolves will return home for a Friday, January 9 matchup against rival Manhattan and will play the following day at Townsend.

"I love where we are at thus far, but we have to keep improving which I believe we will," Hauser said.

GIRLS

The Three Forks High School girls basketball team had seven players score on their way to 33-27 January 3 win over host Jefferson High School.

After taking an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves were dominant in the second outscoring the Panthers 13-2 to take a 21-8 lead into the half.

Head Coach Mike Sauvageau said they did not really shoot the ball well, but it was nice to see a number of girls hit the scoring column.

Keaton Lynn looks to score earlier this season against Whitehall High School. Voice photo by Jack H. Smith

"We missed some shots and missed a lot of free throws which is something you are not always going to get away with, but we were happy to get a conference win," he said.

Kendall Lynn led the team with nine, Breanna Bloch added six, Kinzie Howey had five, Lily Jones finished with four, Ashlyn Swenson had three, Keaton Lynn finished with two and Jayden Woodland added one point.

On defense, Sauvageau said Jefferson was missing their leading scorer and that put some pressure on their other girls, something they were not used to.

"But I think our team defense was pretty solid," he said.

It will be a busy weekend for Three Forks who host rival Manhattan Friday and travel to Townsend Saturday.

"We are going to have to shoot the ball better. They are two solid teams and we are going to have to play really well if we are going to stay in the game," he said.

 

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