ON TO THE HOOP – Cowboy senior Camron Janzen, number 13, drives around Heart Butte Warrior defender, number 22, Jared Bull Shoe on his way to the hoop for two of his nine points in Conrad’s 57-40 win on Thursday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Cowboy basketball team stopped the Heart Butte Warriors in their tracks, rocking the county Class C rival 57-40.
It was pretty shaky going in the first half and part of the third period with the home boys clinging to a one point lead at the break, 22-21. Over that timeframe there were five lead changes.
A low scoring first quarter saw the Cowboys lead, 7-4, mostly off the five points from Devin VandenBos who got the team on the score board first with a pro-like trey shot. Shane Larson tossed in a hoop to round out the scoring.
Conrad was down by a point midway through the third frame when junior Brett Peters, who had been quite in the first half, hit a neat jumper to get Conrad within one at 33-34.
Seconds later Peters banged in another two-pointer for a 35-34 lead and then almost as fast again was at the line to connect for two freebies, in a six point run, and a lead the home boys would not give up.
Trae Pruttis helped the cause with a neat bucket and Austin Zomer scored on a reverse lay-up off a super pass from Camron Janzen and a 41-36 lead going down the stretch. VandenBos was consistent all night in scoring 17 markers to lead all scorers. He and three other Cowboys had a nice all around game. VandenBos pulled down eight boards had an assist and two steals.
Janzen hit the nets for nine points, had three boards, four assists and three steals. Larson was right behind with eight and had a night of fours, four rebounds, steals and assists.
Zomer (five boards, one assist, three steals) and Peters both canned six points; Terence Kleinsasser added four points, Tyler Padilla three, and Matt Missik and Kyle Murack each getting a hoop.
The Cowboys drilled in 22 shots from the field and went 10-23 at the line.
The Warriors had two players in double figures for scoring, Wyatt Skunk Cap and Eljay Young Running Crane, each with 13.
Tyler Still Smoking hit for six, Eric Denney, Frank Harrison, and Jared Bull Shoe all had two each and Will Horn and Malique Aimsback both hit a free throw.
The Warriors hit on 17 shots from the floor and were 5-15 from the line.
Coach Tyson Anderson said of the game, “Our defense was solid and led to transitions opportunities. It was a nice way to open the season.”
At the Manhattan tournament, Conrad opened up with and fell to Shepherd at the score of 80-47.
In the second period, Conrad put up 14 points, but Shepherd had four players bomb five treys on the way to a 30 point quarter. They never looked back.
Jansen led the team in scoring with 13 points. Missik banged home 10 and pulled down eight boards.
VandenBos scored nine, Zomer seven, Kleinsasser five, Larson had a hoop and Judisch hit a free throw to round out the scoring.
Conrad hit on 17 shots from the field and was 9-14 at the line. Shepherd scored on 29 shots from the field and was 13-18 at the line.
Coach Anderson commented, “Shepherd shot the ball extremely well, give them credit. We made a few mistakes that led to open shots for them.”
Against Columbus, the home boys struggled and as a result, suffered a 69-53 loss.
Coach Anderson said, “We struggled again to secure defensive rebounds and were in major foul trouble the entire night.”
Janzen sent 15 shots through the hoops to lead the scoring for Conrad. Larson was right behind with 14. He had a nice overall game with five boards, one assist and four steals.
Zomer bounced in nine markers, VandenBos popped for eight, Padilla scored four, Kleinsasser added a bucket and Missik had a free throw.
The Cowboys are at home on Thursday with Shelby and Fairfield comes to town on Dec. 15.