Feb 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLakota Oldman didn't want to turn in his St. Stephen's boys basketball uniform Monday night after the "pigtail" game at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.
Oldman couldn't be stopped by the defense from Hanna Elk Mountain, netting 39 points to help move his Eagles into the Class 1-A West regional tournament with a 78-60 victory.
Oldman was on fire from the start, dropping in 24 points by halftime. Oldman had his eye on 40 points, but he fouled out of the contest with two minutes left in the fourth period.
"I just didn't want to lose," Oldman said. "I didn't want to get put out so early in the season, when I know that I can do a lot better than we have been doing. I hope to carry this win on to the next game."
St. Stephen's was forced into the play-in game after placing fourth in the conference.
"Defensively, is what sets our tone for our offense," St. Stephen's coach Ricky Blackburn said. "We didn't have to run our offense. We just fed off our defense. That is what we want to do. Regionals and state bring out a different part of your players. They know they will have to step it up to another level."
The win lifted the Eagles into a matchup vs. No. 1 seed Little Snake River. Game time is set for =7 p.m. Thursday at the fieldhouse.
"The last couple of years, Little Snake River has beaten us," Blackburn said. "We will just have to play our game, and hopefully we will come out on top. Little Snake River likes to get the ball up the floor. They are a quick team. Hopefully, it's a running match."
Dubois (No. 3 seed/Northwest) also plays at 7 p.m. against Encampment in the auxiliary gym.
The top four teams from the regional tournament this weekend qualify for the state tournament in Casper.
"The biggest key for us is to improve our defense," Oldman said. "We need to play better in our man-to-man instead of playing in our zone."
St. Stephen's 78, Hanna 60
Oldman was all over Hanna from the opening period.
The forward scored the first six points of the game. He had eight points in the period to make it a 12-2 lead. St. Stephen's was never in danger after the first period.
"We knew that we had to play good defense on our press," Oldman said. "We just wanted to get out and run and play our game."
St. Stephen's ran a two-three press, but the Eagles can switch things up after a timeout.
"We can also run three-two press or a two-two-one press," Blackburn said.
"We adjust when they start to adjust. "We just try to throw the teams off."
Cole Littleshield scored 21 points for St. Stephen's.
"Cole can be the best post player in the state," Oldman said. "He can run. He can do anything in the post.
St. Stephen's 78, Hanna 60
SSHS 30 15 18 15 -- 78
HANNA 15 11 11 23 -- 60
St. Stephen's -- Salvador Brown 1 1-3 3, Cole Littleshield 8 5-5 21, Ruben Roman 1 (1) 0-0 5, Sam Teran 1 0-4 2, Lakota Oldman 17 (1) 2-7, 39, Derrick Roman 1 1-3 3, Jaron Arthur 1 0- 2, Brandon C' Hair 0 0-1 0. Totals 30 (2) 8-19 78. Hanna -- Wyatt Phillips 2 1-5 5, Jake Sutter 2 0-0 4, Trevor Rice 5 1-2 11, Chris Strauch 2 1-3 5, Joe Griffith 4 1-2 9, Christian Gonzales 3 1-4 7 Darin Seeley 3 4-5 10, Celsey Meyer 3 3-9. Totals 24 12-27 60.
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