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St. Stephens boys beat Encampment
Andrew Bearing scored a layup for St. Stephen's Thursday afternoon vs. Little Snake River in the first-round of the Class 1-A West regional basketball tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse. Photo by Bruce Tippets

St. Stephens boys beat Encampment

Feb 24, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

LANDER -- St. Stephen's kept its boys basketball season alive with a 68-39 victory vs. Encampment Friday morning in a consolation game at the Class 1-A West regional basketball tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Eagles will play the loser of Burlington vs. Dubois in a must-win game at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lander. The winner will qualify for the state tournament, and the loser will be finished for the season.

Lakota Oldman led the offensive charge, hitting for 24 points his teammate Lorenzo Roman scored 14.

"We executed our offense and ran through our sets," said St. Stephen's interim coach Ricky Blackburn. "We got the shots that we were looking for.

"The start was pretty key. We jumped out on them early. When we started to hit our 3-pointers they were forced to come out of the zone."

The Eagles fell to Snake River 85-58 on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the double-elimination bracket. Snake River is the top seed from the Southwest and the favorite to win the state title next week in Casper.

"You are always worried about how you are going to start out," Snake River coach Paul Prestrud said. "We were a little nervous at the first, but we were on fire pretty quick. We have a lot of speed. We haven't pressed much this year because we have been ahead. Our press worked for us against St. Stephen's."

Miles Englehart paced the Rattlers for game-high honors at 24 points. Other players in double figures were Daniel Wille (22), Conner Lee (14) and Garrett Grieve (10).

"Our starting five have been averaging in double figures," Prestrud said. "We are pretty deep. We can go seven or eight players."

Snake River played Ten Sleep on Friday afternoon in one of the semifinals.

"We are so far south that we don't get to see the other teams, but we know that Burlington is a good team," Presturd said. "We don't even have common opponents. We are prepared for a three-game stretch."

Snake River girls 78, St. Stephen's 54

The Snake River girls had no problem vs. St. Stephen's on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the tournament.

Snake River is the No. 1 seed for the tournament from the Southwest and SSHS is the No. 4 seed. The Lady Eagles had to win a play-in game vs. Hanna Elk Mountain just to qualify for regionals.

The loss to Snake River knocked the Lady Eagles into a consolation game on Friday afternoon against Ten Sleep. Jamay Blackburn had 14 points for SSHS vs. Snake River.

Snake River played Farson-Eden Friday for a trip to the regional championship game.

St. Stephen's boys 68, Encampment 39

SSHS 17 19 12 20 -- 68

EHS 8 17 7 17 --- 39

St Stephen's -- Johnny Whiteman 1 0-0 2, Cole Littleshield 4 (1) 0-0 11, Ruben Roman 0 1-3 1, Lakota Oldman 7 (3) 1-2 24, Andrew Bearing 0 1-2 1, Dean Littleshield 0 1-2 1, Brandon C' Hair 1 1-2 3, Lorenzo Roman 6 2-6 14. Totals 20 (7) 7-17 68

Encampment -- Gaven Pantle (1) 0-1 3, Quinn Harrington 2 3-5 7, Brett Miller 0 2-3 2, Kyle Wessel 2 2-3 6, AJ Kuster 6 3-4 15.

Snake River boys 85, St. Stephen's 58

Snake River -- Conner Lee 4 (1) 3-4 14, Grayson Lee 2 0-0 4, Garrett Grieve 5 0-0 10, Manuel Quinteros 0 1-2 1, Rex Stanley 1 (2) 0-0 8, Miles Englehart 7 (1) 7-10 24, Daniel Wille 4 (4) 2-4 22. Totals 23 (8) 13-20 85.

St Stephen's -- Cole Littleshield 5 (1) 1-2 14, Lakota Oldman 3 (3) 0-9 15, Andrew Bearing 3 0-2 6, Stephen Monroe (3) 2-4 11, Lorenzo Roman 5 0-0 10,. 17 (7) 3-17.

Snake River girls 78, St. Stephen's 54

St. Stephen's -- Jamay Blackburn 2 (3) 1-1 14, Shayni Fontenelle 2 (1) 0-0 7, Sholina Noseep (3) 0-2 9, Alana Brown 1 0-0 2, Shacryia Edmo 3 2-5 12, Page Shoyo 4 0-2 8, Uriah Addison 1 0-0 2.

Little Snake River -- Morgan Wille 3 (1) 0-2 9, Shelby McKee 4 2-2 10, Caelee Criswell 7 (2) 0-2 17, Riley Adams 1 0-0 2, Lisa Stalley 6 0-2 12, Natalie Duncan 1 1-2 3, Herold 0 1-2 1, Taylor Kaisler 7 4-6 18, Callie Adams 0 2-5 2.

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