Herders throw Doggers to the ground

Adam Bearfield

Adam Bearfield fights to break free from a Lingle-Fort Laramie defender en route to the net in Glenrock Jan. 29. The Herders won 59-39. (Photo by Chase Vialpando/The Glenrock Independent photo)

Chase Vialpando, chase@glenrockind.com

The game was not going their way.

The Herd trailed Lingle-Fort Laramie 31-27 going into the locker room at halftime Friday.

After a 62-57 loss to Wright the previous night, Glenrock players were desperate not to have a full weekend of losses.

That’s when head coach Shawn Huxtable challenged his young team to step it up during the second half of the home game.

That’s all it took – the fire was lit. The Herders immediately began racking up points and stealing nearly every rebound, out-scoring their opponents to lead 42-33 by the end of the third quarter. As the final minutes of the fourth ticked down, Glenrock won 59-39.

“Huge props to Adam (Bearfield) for his defensive intensity,” Huxtable said. “But more than just Adam, the whole team brought the intensity and we rebounded. We didn’t give them second shots like we did in the first half. Our second half defense and finishing out possessions defensively was huge for us.”

Along with their defensive adjustments, Huxtable contributed the win to his team racking up three-pointers.

“Offensively, we knew that they (Lingle-Fort Laramie) run a two-three zone and we had to get outside shots to beat a zone,” Huxtable said. “I told the kids, ‘Hey, this is going to be a fun one, you’re going to have to shoot the threes so be ready and have fun doing it.’”

Kyle Hiser led the team with 15 points, sinking five three-pointers while Bearfield and Logan Jones followed with 11 each.

Bearfield attributed the win to the squad’s teamwork.

“It felt real good,” the senior said, “us coming together and everything. Just throughout the whole game, nobody felt like they had given up.”

Bearfield also mentioned that practices have gained more and more intensity as the season progresses.

“We weren’t shooting well early in the year,” Huxtable admitted. “Now we’ve kind of got our legs under us, our kids are shooting with some confidence, playing with some confidence. So I think you’ll see more threes go down for us as the season continues.”

Glenrock will next play Yoder Southeast Friday and Shoshoni Saturday. Both are non-conference games.


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