MOUNTAIN VIEW — The MVHS varsity basketball teams hosted Lander and Riverton last Saturday in the Buffalo dome with the Ladies taking two wins and the Buffs suffering two losses.
This week the MVHS varsity teams played at Kemmerer Wednesday and will host Big Piney tomorrow.
Both varsity teams added another win to their tallies Wednesday night against Kemmerer. The Lady Buffs romped over the Lady Rangers, 74-22. The Buffs lassoed the Rangers and took the win, 59-21.
Friday night against Lander, the gym played host to two noisy crowds as they backed their respective team – Lander Tigers vs MV Buffalos.
The Lady Buffs hit the floor running as the Lander Lady Tigers play a fast, scrappy game and the Lady Buffs had to be on their toes to compete. The Lady Buffs received the first tip, and Lyndee Hereford put the first two points of the game on the board, two for the Lady Buffs.
The game went down to the wire with the teams battling for control, and Lander cut the Lady Buffs lead to one. Trips to bonus line in the last minute by Tims and Charity Harmon for the Lady Buffs helped the Lady Buffs turn a seven point-lead for the final score, 51-44.
The Lady Buffs were back on the court Saturday afternoon against the Riverton Wolverines. This game proved to be less of a challenge than Friday’s game. The Lady Buffs took control of the game and handed the Lady Wolverines another loss, 45-27.
Although the Buffs lost the game to Lander, the final score, 60-50, belied the intensity and closeness of the game.
The Buffs got the opening tip, and the first two points of the game, were put up by Briggin Bluemel at the bonus line to give the Buffs a two-point lead. Lander responded, but Braeden Walk soon put up two 3-pointers, all within the first two minutes of the first quarter. Lander soon tied the score, 10-10.
At the start of the second half, Walk again dead-eyed a 3-pointer to give the Buffs a one-point lead. The scored was again tied at 26-26.
As the play intensified, the crowd on both sides became more vocal. The refs appeared more harried as some members of the crowd booed the calls. Lander’s trips to the bonus line in the short time for calls on the Buff and a technical on the bench before the end of the game gave Lander a 10-point lead to take the win, 60-50.
Top scorers in the game were Walk with 19, Bluemel with 13 and Brandon Vitt with nine.
The Buffs faced the Riverton Wolverines Saturday afternoon and sustained another loss, 69-40.
MV Buff Kimball Madsen looks to take the ball down court in the game against the Lander Tigers last Friday. PIONEER PHOTOS/Virginia Giorgis