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Webb again high-point man for Wyoming in all-star series loss

Jun 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Xavier Webb of Riverton did all he could by scoring a team-high 15 points Saturday night for the Wyoming basketball all-stars in Billings, Mont., but it wasn't enough as the Montana all-stars won the game 88-82.

On Friday night, Montana won 93-87 in overtime in Sheridan.

"In the final game, we switched everything and doubled the post. We changed gears on the second night to trap ball screens and stay at home on post feeds," Wyoming all-stars boys coach Steve Smiley said.

The Wyoming girls defeated the Montana all-stars 65-49 Saturday in Billings.

Montana boys 88, Wyoming 82

After Webb's points, Lander Valley High School center Lucas Watkins scored 10 points.

The 6-foot-7 Watkins at times went against 7-foot, 285-pound Ryan Edwards from Montana, who has committed to play college ball at NCAA basketball power Gonzaga University.

"Lucas had some foul trouble early on Friday," Smiley said. "He stayed out of foul trouble on Saturday. On both nights, he was solid and aggressive. He was able to convert at a higher rate on the second night. He is a really tough competitor."

Kade Salisbury from Riverton scored six points.

"Montana was definitely better than last year," Smiley said. "They've had a couple of unbelievable teams that were more talented, but this was definitely a good team."

Webb is now headed to play college basketball at Sheridan College.

"Our kids played really, really hard," Smiley said. "They bought into the team concept in a short amount of time. They competed as hard as any coach can ask for. They were a pleasure to coach."

Wyoming girls 65, Montana 49

(Saturday)

One day after suffering a one-point loss in Sheridan, the Wyoming girls took an early lead and cruised in for the victory.

Wyoming was up 16-5 after the first period. The all-stars pulled away scoring 20 and 22 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Lander Valley High School basketball player Shanda Post finished with five points.

Dani Williams (Gillette), McCorra Ford (Gillette) and Elissia Johnson (Cheyenne East) had 10 points apiece.

Montana boys 88, Wyoming 82

MONTANA 23 24 22 19 -- 88

WYOMING 21 16 23 22 -- 82

Wyoming -- Tyler Loose, Laramie, 0 1-3 1, Logan Burningham, Ten Sleep, 5 0-0 11, Xavier Webb, Riverton, 5 1-3 15, Logan Wasson, Gillette, 5 0-0 14, Wyatt Shinaver, Star Valley, 3 1-3 8, Seth Quayle, Riverton, 0 0-0 0, Marshall McArthur, Powell, 4 1-1 10, Kade Salisbury, Riverton, 2 0-0 6, Lucas Watkins, Lander, 4 2-5 10. Totals 29 11-23 82.

Montana -- Kendall Senham, Malta, 3 4-4 11, Casey McLean, Whitehall, 2 2-4 6, Joey Marzion, Great Falls, 3 1-3 8, Chad Kananen, Roy, 2 4-6 9, Brett Thompson, Laurel, 2 0-0 5, Daine Muller, Billings, 5 3-4 17, Andrew Campbell, Billings, 2 1-1 5, Tad Rose, Billings, 4 1-1 11, Daniel Meyer, Billings, 3 0-1 6, Ryan Edwards, Glacier, 5 0-0 10. Totals 31 16-24 88.

Girls

Wyoming 65, Montana 49

Wyoming 16 17 20 22 -- 65

Montana 5 14 12 18 -- 49

Wyoming -- Dani Williams, Gillette, 4 2-2 10, McCorra Ford, Gillette, 4 2-3 10, Katie Kuhn, Laramie, 2 0-1 4, Dana Bjorhus, Thermopolis, Shanda Post, Lander, 2 0-0 5, Kassidy Scott, Douglas, 1 0-0 2, Hailey Ligocki, Sheridan, 3 2-4 8. Elissia Johnson, Cheyenne East 3 3-4 10, Sierra Toms, Gillette, 3 0-1 6, Mali Wright, Sheridan, 1 1-2 3. Totals 25 12-19 65.

Montana -- Courtney Henry, Malta 2 0-0 6, Jordyn Johnson, Fairfield, 1 4-4 7, Jayde LeFevre, Laurel, 3 0-0 8, Martha Dembek, Winnet, Grass Ranger, 2 1-4 6, Liz Harper, Missoula Sentinel, 1 2-4 5, Baylee Watson, Townsend, 1 2-4 4, Diondra Denton, Great Falls, 0 3-6 3, Natelee Faupel, Butte High, 1 0-0 3, Kaye Bignell, Helena Capital, 1 3-4 5, Alycia Sims, Stevensville, 1 1-2 4. Totals 13 16-28 49.

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