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Eagles advance in pigtail game
Lakota Oldman of St. Stephen's tried to block Farson's Jesse Reed on Monday afternoon in a play-in game for the Class 1-A West regional basketball tournament in Lander. Oldman finished with 21 points, and Reed had 19 points in a 57-38 victory for the Eagles. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Eagles whip Farson in Monday 'pigtail' contest

Feb 21, 2012 - Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

LANDER -- St. Stephen's finished Farson's season Monday afternoon by recording a 57-38 victory in a boys Class 1-A West regional basketball play-in game at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Eagle boys completed the regular season as the No. 4 seed from the Northwest division. They had no problem with Farson (No. 5 seed/Southwest), running away from the Pronghorns in the second half in Lander. Farson finished the season winless at 0-20.

"We felt the pressure on how we played in the first half," St. Stephen's interim coach Ricky Blackburn said. "We played really tight in the first half. At halftime, we talked about being more mature out on the floor in our decisions. We became more focused."

St. Stephen's can now concentrate on a 2 p.m. contest Thursday vs. Little Snake River in the opening round in the Class 1-A West regional tournament at Lander Valley High School.

The Rattlers are 2-0 during the regular season against St. Stephen's this year. Snake River is the No. 1-ranked squad in Class 1-A.

"I feel playing the No. 1 seed, the pressure is more on them than us to go further," Blackburn said. "I hope that they overlook us a little bit."

Snake River is the top seed from the Southwest.

"We will pound it inside, and they will try to run," Blackburn said.

St. Stephen's will need to win two games in three days to qualify for the state tournament. The top four squads advance to state.

"Anything can happen at regionals or state," Blackburn said.

St. Stephen's 57, Farson 38

The Eagles had a double-digit lead after the first quarter at 15-6. Lakota Oldman registered six quick points for the early advantage.

"When people play us man, then Lakota will have his opportunities," Blackburn said. "That is what he needs to understand."

In the second half, Oldman's teammate Andrew Bearing took charge on the offensive side scoring four field goals and one free throw for a comfortable 30-18 lead at the break.

The Eagles put the game away early in the third quarter.

Oldman scored 21 points, and C'Bearing helped out with 14.

Farson's Jesse Reed knocked in 19 points, and Dillan Dover finished in double figures at 10 points.

St. Stephen's 57, Farson 38

SSHS 15 15 9 10 -- 57

FARSON 6 12 10 10 -- 38

St. Stephen's -- Johnny Whiteman 0 0-1 0, Cole Littleshield 3 0-0 6, Ruben Roman 0 2-4 2, Lakota Oldman 7 7-10 21, Andrew Bearing 6 2-3 14, Brandon C'Hair 2 0-0 4, Dean Littleshield 0 0-2 0, Lorenzo Roman 3 2-5 8. Totals 21 13-25 57.

Farson -- Marcos Orozco 0 1-2 1, Syler Dover 2 2-2 6, Dillan Dover 1 (1) 5-10 10, Jesse Reed 2 (4) 1-2 19, Kyle Sabourin 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 (5) 9-16 38.

Class 1-A West regional boys basketball schedule

Game 5 -- Cokeville (No. 2 seed/Southwest) vs. Dubois (No. 3 seed/Northwest), 2 p.m. Fieldhouse.

Game 6 -- Hanna Elk Mountain (No. 4 seed/Southwest) vs. Burlington (No. 1 seed/Northwest), 5:30 p.m. Fieldhouse.

Game 9 -- Little Snake River (No. 1 seed/Southwest) vs. St. Stephen's (No. 4 seed/Northwest), 2 p.m. Auxiliary Gym.

Game 10 -- Ten Sleep (No. 2 seed/Northwest) vs. Encampment (No. 3 seed/Southwest), 5:20 p.m. Auxiliary Gym.

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