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By Jack H. Smith
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Wolves focus on defense


February 5, 2020

Melissa Jenkins

Dustin Dalke hangs on tight during the Wolves win over Whitehall.

Prior to last week's home conference games against Boulder and Whitehall, Three Forks High School boys basketball coach Terry Hauser used a majority of his practice time to focus on the defensive end of the court. The extra time in practice paid dividends for the Wolves (12-2, 8-0 5B) who used two dominant defensive performances to pick up a 68-42 win over the Panthers and a 63-39 victory against the Trojans.

Hauser said he apologized to his team that they had not worked on defense enough the past couple weeks and they probably spent three-quarters of their practice time last week on defense.

Three Forks came out of the gates strong Friday taking a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 38-18 lead into the break.

The Wolves had ten players score in the win with senior Dustin Dalke leading the way with 16 points. Micaiah Hauser and Owen Long both added 11, Austin Allen added 10, and Zach Pitcher finished with eight points. Walker Page had five, and Zane Hansen and Antonio Boggio both finished with two. Mayson Shively added one point. Hauser credited the play of his bench and said they are playing a lot better lately and are able to come in and get quality minutes.

Three Forks also started strong Saturday against Whitehall leading 18-8 at the end of the first, and 34-17 at the half.

With two weeks left in the regular season and games this week Friday on the road at Manhattan and Saturday at home against Townsend, Hauser would like to see his team work to get better on communication. He would also like them to fine-tune the things they are good at.

"We are going to work on those things we are good at and get better at them," he said. "It's been fun so far. We just need to keep playing better and improving for tournament time."


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