By Sharilyn Kortum
The final weekend of the regular conference season was significantly important for the Terriers as it would determine the difference between fifth, sixth, or seventh place in the final conference regular season standings. Tied with conference records of 7-7, Terry and Northern Cheyenne were set to square off on Friday night in Terry. Jordan, third from the bottom, would try to throw a wrench into Terry’s plan to take
the fifth place spot Saturday night on the Mustang’s home court. After a tough week of practice, Terry was ready to earn two wins and secure the fifth place slot.
Friday night at home, Terry came out strong and held a one-point advantage after the first quarter. With aggressive defense from Terry, Northern Cheyenne was unable to make anything work offensively and after many missed shots and poor passes, the opposing team only scored nine in the second frame.
Terry put up 28 first half points compared to the Eagles’ 20. After some miscues the first couple minutes of the third quarter, Terry put together a strong performance the rest of that quarter and outscored Northern Cheyenne 25-13. Terry was by far the superior team on the evening as they came out ahead 75-55 for the win.
It was a special night for the three seniors as they were able to go out victorious playing their final home game of their high school careers. Mike Poucher was just shy of breaking the single game scoring record at THS as he scored a game high of 37 points. Kyle Tusler had a strong defensive performance and tallied 4 points on the night, while James Hoagland was able to drop a bucket for 2 points and played outstanding defense before suffering a game ending ankle sprain.
Others scoring for Terry were Jerett Freiboth 14, Tanner Stickel 9, Taylor Pisk 4, Weston Leudtke 3, and Trevor Pisk 2. Scoring for the Eagles were S. Spang 13, G. Spear 10, A. Whitewoman 10, I. Big Day 9, C. Cunningham 8, W. Little Whitewoman 3, and R. Spang 2.
Terry 12 16 25 22 75
N. Chey 11 9 13 22 55
After getting the win Friday night, Terry seemed destined to be in control of their destiny Saturday and take care of business in the form of a win to secure their place in the conference as they visited the Jordan Mustangs.
Both teams came out aggressively and after the first eight minutes, Jordan held the lead by one basket 12-10. Terry picked up their defensive efforts in the next frame and outscored Jordan by nine, bringing the halftime score to 23-16. After the break, the third quarter resembled the start of the game as Jordan again scored 12 and Terry just 9. After being more aggressive on offense and going to the charity stripe towards the end of the game, Terry outscored the Mustangs in the final frame 24-16, bringing the final score to 55-44, securing the win.
Terry had three players in double figures, led by Taylor Pisk with 15. Poucher and Freiboth each tallied 11, followed by Trevor Pisk with 8, Luedtke with 6, and Stickel with 4.
Scoring for the Mustangs was T. Murnion 19, Helm 10, Saylor 7, Hageman 6, and Fitzgerald 2.
Terry 10 13 9 24 55
Jordan 12 4 12 16 44
With the 4-C boys’ District tournament being held Thursday through Saturday at the Dawson County High School gym, the boys will prepare this week to give it their best effort to advance to the divisional tournament. Going into the tournament as the fifth seed, Terry will play the number four team, the Ekalaka Bulldogs on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the high school.
Four teams advance to the divisional tournament to be held at Custer County District High School March 5 - 7.