Eagles secure No. 2 regional seed with split

Feb 19, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

St. Stephen's gained a weekend split against Burlington and Meeteetse.

It was a roller coaster ride for the St. Stephen's Eagles this weekend with a split in their final two days of regular season competition.

On Friday, St. Stephen's fell behind early in a 62-34 loss to conference-leading Burlington, but roared back Saturday to avenge an earlier loss to Meeteetse with a 74-50 win over the Longhorns in Park County.

The Eagles won again, gaining the second seed out of the north in a coin toss over Meeteetse and will play at 3:40 p.m. at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse against Cokeville on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Eagles came out in a full-court press and Meeteetse couldn't handle the pace of the game.

"We jumped on them and they got winded quick," said St. Stephen's head coach Ricky Blackburn. "They never gained the momentum after that."

The Eagles played solid defense throughout, but the third period matched the first in wall-to-wall intensity and the Longhorns wilted under the pressure.

"We pressed hard in the third and they stayed in a zone most of the game," said Blackburn. "When they went man, we beat them on the dribble."

Meeteetse hurt the Eagles inside in their first meeting, but interior defense was much improved this time. The return of Three Stars Friday from a knee injury helped the cause in the paint.

"The kids kind of know the urgency now," said Blackburn. "Defensively, we played well and rebounded well. We hope to carry this momentum into the regional tournament."

St. Stephen's 9 7 10 15 - 34

Burlington 16 15 13 18 - 62

St. Stephen's - Xavier Hubbard 4 4-4 12, Antonio Divers 2 0-1 4, Kale Ferris 2 (1) 2-4 9, Isaih Divers 2 0-0 4, Nano Spoonhunter 1 1-2 3, Curtis Oldman 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 (1) 7-11 34

Burlington - Wardell 1 (1) 2-2 7, Cook (1) 1-2 4, Davidson 7 6-8 20, Wiles 2 0-0 4, Garza 6 2-4 14, Christianson 5 0-0 10. Totals 21 (2) 14-17 62