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Tough draws for Dubois boys, St. Stephen's girls top open Class 1-A state

Mar 5, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Guernsey-Sunrise is a surprise opponent for the Dubois Rams in their Class 1-A state tournament basketball debut Thursday at the Casper Events Center. The Vikings were favored to take the 1-A East regional, but Kaycee upset them in the championship game by four points.

Tipoff Thursday is at noon.

Guernsey sports a 19-4 record entering the opening game and has a trio of talented players in 6-4 Nick Cunningham at the post and junior guards Treasure Hollister and Brady Esquire.

While Cunningham is sometimes substituted Hollister, Esquire rarely leave the floor, playing the entire 32 minutes in most contests this season. They both average about 16 points per game, with Cunningham tossing in 12.1 and snagging just under 11 rebounds per outing.

Meredith Hollister and Austin Quinn round out the starting five.

It's a long way from Dubois to Guernsey. and common opponents boil down to the Hanna Elk Mountain Miners. Guernsey downed Hanna 63-34, and Dubois dropped the Miners 52-42.

Guernsey averages 57 points per game and gives up only 40, while the statistics are much closer for the Rams with 55 scored and 53 allowed per contest.

Dubois has relied on four players throughout the regular season, but their fifth starter, Ryan Eulberg, had a breakout game in the qualifier against Farson Eden and adds another dimension.

Walker Carrico leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game, and the 6-5 junior is second in rebounding with an average of 8.6. Austin Tharp averages 11.6 boards per game, and his 6-6 frame is solid around the low post. He averages 11.6 points per contest.

Kolter Leseberg is the guard who makes things go for the Ram. The junior averages 13.1 points and 3.3 assists per game. Nathan Moore can be a bruiser inside or shoot the long ball. The 6-foot senior averages 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per outing.

This is the first return by the Rams to state tournament action since winning the 2-A West regional back in 2005.

1-A girls

The St. Stephen's girls may have the toughest draw in the opening round of the Class 1-A state basketball tournament this Thursday at 10:30 am at the Casper Events Center. The Eagles open with East 1-A champion Lingle Ft. Laramie.

The Doggers sport the best record in Class 1-A with a 21-3 overall record. Their three loses came against 2-A opponents Lusk, Southeast and Burns.

Lingle is a defense-oriented team that has limited opponents to just 36 points per game. The Doggers average 55 on the board themselves.

They are paced by seniors Shaylee Rickard who scores 15.9 points per game, and Kylah Meyer, who tosses in an average of 13.5. Kayle Greenwald averages 11.2, and junior Kaylee Seeks scores about eight points per contest.

Common opponents are rare, but the Doggers have a 61-20 blowout over Shoshoni early in the season, while the Eagles dropped a 54-38 decision to the Wranglers the following week.

St. Stephen's is young and rapidly improving. The Eagles are led by sophomore Rachelle Lynch who averages 14.6 points per game, and senior Marcel Oldman, who runs the show from point guard and scores just under 10 per game.

Eagles head coach Mike Redman has worked hard at developing his bench and has depth entering the state tournament as a result.

Kayle and Uriah Addison average six points per game each, with Lolena Brown scoring four.

Camille Whiteman has just become eligible and has been a huge addition to the squad.

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