Jan 20, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterDubois survived foul trouble and a short, one-man bench to take a 70-54 win over St. Stephen's on the road Friday night. The win was the first Class 1-A Northwest conference game for the Rams, while the Eagles dropped to 1-1 in league play with the loss.
St. Stephen's fell 68-54 to Class 2-A Greybull on Saturday.
An entertaining opening period Friday saw both squads exchanging baskets en route to a 16-16 tie at the end of one. St. Stephen's relied on individual moves and outside shooting, while the Dubois offense came down to the post with 6-5 Austin Tharp and 6-4 Walker Carrico dominating play in the paint.
When the Eagles collapsed to close off the inside game, Dubois guard Kolter Leseberg found the lane and drove unopposed to the basket off give-and-go plays from the two posts. Nathan Moore picked up points on loose-ball follow shots and short-range jumpers as well.
Foul trouble was a major factor in the game for both teams.
Dubois held a 34-23 margin at the half, but both Carrico and Tharp carried four fouls and had to play tentative defense in the third period.The Eagles went hard at both posts and tallied 25 points in the period but were in foul trouble as well.
"We played a lot more conservative and let St. Stephen's back into the game," Dubois head coach Mike Carrico said.
No one fouled out for Dubois, but all three St. Stephen's inside players, Lakota Oldman, Jaron Arthur and Brandon C'Hair, exited the game in the fourth with five fouls.
Oldman led all scorers with 23 points, and his absence was quickly felt as the Rams pulled away for the win in a 16-4 final period.
Dubois had four players in double figures, with Carrico scoring 22, Tharp 15, Leseberg 14 and Moore pouring in a season-high 19.
Oldman's 23 for the Eagles led all scorers, while Johnny Whiteman scored a dozen. Arthur finished with 11.
"Each week they're playing with more patience and moving the ball better," Carrico said. "We're playing exclusively man to man defense. The kids are playing well. We just don't have many of them."
St. Stephen's wins
The St. Stephen's Lady Eagles flirted with the running clock early in the second half, but visiting Dubois rallied from a 36-point deficit to close within 20 before fading late in a 68-43 Class 1-A Northwest conference win for the Eagles at home Friday night. The win moves Stephen's to 1-1 in conference play.
St. Stephen's dropped a 70-47 decision Saturday at Greybull, while Dubois was routed by Burlington 69-23.St. Stephen's erupted for 23 points from just four girls in the opening minutes to quickly take control of the game. Uriah Addison scored three quick baskets from the low block, while Marcel Oldman rained in a 3-pointer and added a transition layup. Rachelle Lynch and Sholina Noseep scored in transition as well to build the early advantage.
Dubois coach Juleen Leseberg didn't worry about depth in the game with just five girls available for play.
Shelby Horn scored the only two point basket in the period for the Rams while freshman Jaycie Wells hit a trey to keep Dubois in the game.
The second period was more of the same as St. Stephen's quickly asserted a 42-15 lead by the half and threatened to institute the new 40-point running clock rule midway through the third period.
The Eagles led 53-17 and were just a couple of baskets away from shortening the game substantially when the Rams came to life.
An 8-0 run by Dubois with baskets scored by Wells, Horn, Emily Smith and Kaitlin Hudson against St. Stephen's reserves brought the starting unit back on the floor in the final period for the Eagles.
Dubois continued to roll and eventually trailed by just 18 before St. Stephen's came back to life and pulled away.
Oldman's 3-pointer sparked the home-standing Eagles, and four other girls scored as well in the final minutes for the 68-43 score.
Lynch and Oldman tallied 19 and 18, respectively, to pace St. Stephen's
Wells led the Rams with 15, and Smith added nine.
St. Stephen's girls 68, Dubois 43
ST. STEPHEN'S 23 19 13 13 W22; 68
DUBOIS 9 6 12 16 - 43
St. Stephen's - Lolena Brown 1 (1) 0-0 5, Marcel Oldman 4 (3) 1-2 18, Sholina Noseep 2 1-2 5, Tanyka Montoya 2 0-0 4, Rachelle Lynch 8 3-4 19, Feather Blackburn 1 0-0 2, Alana Brown 1-2 1, Paige Shoyo 2 0-0 4, Tianna Wagon (1) 0-0 3, Uriah Addison 3 (1) 0-0 9. Totals 22 (6) 6-10 68
Dubois - Emily Smith 3 3-4 9, Kaitlin Hudson 4 0-0 8, Katelyn Suda 3 (1) 0-0 5, Shelby Horn 1 0-2 2, Jaycie Wells 4 (2) 1-6 15. Totals 15 (3) 4-12 43
Dubois boys 70, St. Stephen's 54
ST. STEPHEN'S 16 7 25 4 W22;54
DUBOIS 16 18 20 16 W22; 70
Foul out: Lakota Oldman, Arthur, C'Hair
St. Stephen's - Johnny Whitman 5 2-6 12, Silas SunRhodes 1-2 1, Lakota Oldman 7 (2) 3-4 23, Derrick Roman 1 (1) 0-0 5, Jaron Arthur 5 1-1 11, Brandon C'Hair 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 (3) 7-24 54
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