Tough knocks and good games last weekend by Valley varsity basketball

Travis Harmon plays defense on the Buffs home hardwood in an earlier game this season. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

BRIDGER VALLEY — The varsity basketball teams were back in action last week in two different venues, guys in Rawlins and gals in Pinedale.

This week Lyman hosts 4AThunder Basin today before Thunder heads on to Star Valley. Lyman will play in Evanston tomorrow, another 4A school.

As for Mountain View, the Buffalo varsity teams went head-to-head up against Star Valley yesterday at Mountain View and will host Evanston today.

All four of the Valley teams should face challenges in these games.

The Lyman Eagles faced three challengers in the Rawlins East-West Classic and took some learning knocks. The faced Douglas Bearcats, rated #3 in 3A on Friday last week. The Bearcats took the win by 15, 67-52. The games played by the Eagles last

Saturday were split as the Eagles went up against another power-opponent, the #1 Buffalo Bison in the morning. This, too, proved to be a learning knock as the Eagles lost by 35, 72-37. The Eagles scrambled and rebuilt their confidence and drive and faced the Thermopolis Bobcats Saturday evening. This time the winds blew in favor of the Eagles, and they won be 10, 43-33.

The MVHS Buffalos, at the East-West Classic in Rawlins, experienced a better outcome than the Lady Buffs in Pinedale. They faced the #1 Buffalo Bison in their first contest of the classic last week and took a heavy loss, 49-23. The Buffalos were back in action on the hardwood in Rawlins Saturday morning against the Rawlins Outlaws. Rawlins handed the Buffalos a second loss of the Classic, 61-49.

The Buffalos regrouped and stepped on the hardwood in the afternoon against the #3 Douglas Bearcats. The Buffalos took the win in a close game by five, 56-51.

The Pinedale East West Classic proved to be the hardwood in which both Valley varsity lady teams competed last week. All four of the top four ranked teams in the conference – 1. Douglas, 2. Buffalo, 3. Mountain View, 4. Lyman – were all in Pinedale at the tournament.

The Lady Eagles hit the hardwood in Pinedale and faced the #1 Douglas Lady Bearcats on Thursday last week. Douglas took the win by a hefty margin, 70-39, handing the Lady Eagles their third loss of the season.

The Lady Eagles were undaunted, regrouped and hit the floor Saturday, determined to add to their win column. And add they did, two wins. Lyman, rated #4 in the 3A conference at the time they stepped on the floor Saturday morning against the Thermopolis Bobcats, handed Thermopolis a 20-point loss, 49-29.

The Lady Eagles, pumped up, then faced the Lady Bison of Buffalo in the afternoon. Buffalo, listed as #2 in the 3A proved to be no match to the Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles controlled and executed the win by nine, 57-48.

The Lady Buffs took their first loss of the season in their opening game of the Pinedale East-West Classic when they went up against #2 Buffalo last week on Friday, 55-51. Close game, but close doesn’t give the loser any bragging rights.

Moving into the competition last Saturday, the MVHS Lady Buffs were on the hunt to turn things around following their first loss the day before. Their first game Saturday was up against the Lady Outlaws of Rawlins, ranked #8. The game proved to be a heartbreaker for the Lady Buffs as they lost by one, 48-47.

The Lady Buffs hit their third loss when they went up against the #1 Lady Bearcats of Douglas Saturday afternoon, 67-46.

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