For the second day in a row the Wyoming boys made a run at Montana and the extensive losing streak only to fall just shy. The Treasure State’s 10 finest held off a comeback attempt to win 95-94 in Sheridan on Saturday night for its 15th straight win in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star Basketball Series, completing a clean sweep of both Wyoming teams in the 2019 series.
The Wyoming boys nearly sent the game into overtime when Gillette’s Trase Olsen hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer and fell to the floor, hoping to draw a foul and a chance to tie the game at the free-throw line. Officials didn’t see enough contact to make a call and the game ended with the same outcome as the previous 14 meetings between the two teams.
Sheridan’s Tristan Bower led Wyoming with 18 points, Olsen and Riverton’s Treyton Paxton each scored 16, Laramie’s Hudda Curry added nine, Farson’s Lain Mitchelson scored seven, Thunder Basin’s Colton Larson and Glenrock’s Jaren Fritz both scored four and Pinedale’s Danny Gosar added two. Cheyenne East graduate Erik Oliver, who was named Mr. Wyoming Basketball before the game, scored four.
The Wyoming girls didn’t provide the same theatrics. An early nine-point first-quarter lead for Wyoming quickly evaporated and became a distant memory. Montana dominated the second half by outscoring the Equality State 56-17 to cruise to an 89-46 win.
No Wyoming standout scored in double figures and Encampment graduate Noelle Peterson was held scoreless. Wyoming Indian’s Alexandria Trosper led Wyoming with nine points, Pine Bluffs’ Kammie Ragsdale and Southeast’s Hailey Anderson each scored eight, Laramie’s Jennifer Aadland added seven, Greybull’s Kendall Wright and Thunder Basin’s Abby Geer added five each and Thunder Basin’s Madison Miller scored four.