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Kelly Walsh limits Cody to four second-half points on its way to 66-25 victory

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Kelly Walsh's David Deboer shoots over Cody's Luke Talich during their game Thursday in Casper. The Trojans remained undefeated with a 66-25 victory over the Broncs.

Kelly Walsh came out firing Thursday in its game against Cody.

The Trojans made their first six field-goal attempts -- all from behind the arc -- to build an 18-3 lead over the Broncs on their way to a 66-25 victory at KW Gym. Senior Tyler Pacheco got things started with a corner 3 followed by one from senior Zach Enyert and two more from Pacheco. Senior Gunnar Browning and junior David Deboer completed the onslaught from deep.

"We have a lot of good shooters and tonight they were all on," KW senior Caden Allaire said.

The Trojans (10-0) were also effective on the other end of the floor, limiting Cody to just four second-half points after they scored 14 in the second quarter. The 25 points were 19 fewer than Cody (2-6) had scored in any game this season.

"I like how we guarded," KW head coach Randy Roden said. "We did some good things defensively.

"In the second half we took away a lot of things," he added. "We had quick help, good recovery, good rotation. And we continued to play unselfishly offensively, which has been kind of our MO this year, playing so well together."

With Cody extending its defense to try and take away Kelly Walsh's perimeter attack, the Trojans were able to get the ball inside to big man Davis Crilly. The 6-foot-4 senior had back-to-back buckets in the paint and completed a personal 6-0 run with a put-back to extend the lead to 30-11 midway through the second quarter.

Anthony Schell closed the half with two more 3-pointers and Pacheco hit a mid-range step-back to give KW a 42-21 lead at the break.

"Teams have to guard us out there and they can’t help out on the inside," Allaire said, "because when they do we can just pass it inside and it’s a layup."

Luke Talich scored inside to get Cody started in the second halfr, but Kelly Walsh netted the final 13 points of the frame to stretch its advantage to 55-23. The Trojans capped a 24-0 run on a Deboer 3-pointer from the top of the key, a Deboer layup off a Crilly blocked shot and a baseline reverse layup from Schell.

The Broncs' Remy Broussard ended the drought with two free throws with 2 minutes remaining. Kelly Walsh outscored Cody 24-4 in the second half.

"It’s funny how when you make shots everything seems smooth, isn’t it?" Roden said with a smile. "But I really like how we played defensively."

Pacheco finished with a game-high 17 points for the Trojans, with Crilly (14), Deboer (12) and Schell (10) also scoring in double figures. Cody's Robby Porter scored all of his team-high seven points in the second quarter.

Kelly Walsh returns to the court next Friday when they play at Thunder Basin.

Follow sports editor Jack Nowlin on Twitter @wyovarsity

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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