Punchers take down Jackson

The Punchers celebrate their 57-53 victory over Jackson.

The Punchers defeated

Jackson in a close game on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The score stayed close throughout each quarter,

but the Punchers managed to stay ahead

during the final quarter and were victorious

when the clock ticked down, 57-53.

Head Coach Nate Strong said he was proud

of his team's win.

“Each day this season, we have grown as

a team, and the game against Jackson was a

continuation of that development and confidence,”

he said. “I thought each athlete was

focused and played hard. Our offensive execution

was really good for the most part as

we got the shots we wanted. We would have

liked to finish the game with a bit more poise,

but I thought we handled the adversity well.”

Senior Joby Banks started things out for

the Punchers with a 3-pointer early in the first

quarter. Banks dropped in a 2-pointer, followed

by a good free throw by Junior Bryan

Pluid. Sophomore Kaden Raza got defense

going with a steal, turning possession over to

Big Piney.

Junior Arye Espenscheid took advantage

of the steal and dropped in his first 3-pointer

of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Big

Piney was ahead, 12-9.

The second quarter was neck in neck. Espenscheid

scored first for the Punchers with

a 2-pointer. Junior Teagan Elliott stepped

in with a 2-pointer, followed by a 3-pointer

dropped in by junior Kolby Bradley.

Junior Hadley Sims, senior Jace Brower

and Banks each pulled off a 2-pointer to round

the score out. Elliott put on the defensive heat

with a successful block near the end of the

quarter.

The teams went into the locker room at

halftime tied, 25-25.

Jackson edged ahead in the third quarter,

but only by a single point. Sims dominated

scoring during the quarter, dropping in seven

points for the Punchers. Espenscheid scored

another 3-pointer, and Raza shot a 2-pointer.

The score at the end of the third quarter stood

th place at

31.66 seconds.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Toby Covill finished

in third place with a time of 1:19.18.

Day finished fourth at 1:19.72. Ed Gudino

placed sixth with a time of 1:21.99. Roberts

was close behind in seventh place and a time

of 1:30.21.

Moller came in fifth place in the 100-yard

freestyle with a time of 1:07.67. Bing placed

seventh at 1:12.39 and Taylor came in eighth

at 1:23.21.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Kobbe Mitchell

placed third with a final time of 7:33.55.

King came in fourth place at 7:45.15.

Debebe finished third in the 100-yard

backstroke, swimming in at 1:08.61. Lyon

placed fourth at 1:16.68 and Toby Covill

came in seventh place at 1:35.35.

Ness led the Sublette pack in the 100-

yard breaststroke, finishing in fourth place

with a time of 1:19.98. Jessen placed fifth

at 1:20.11, followed by Boespflug in sixth

place at 1:21.47. John Mitchell placed seventh

at 1:22.18, followed by Kobbe Mitchell

in eighth place at 1:24.31 and Gudino in

10th at 1:31.53.

The Sublette County swim team will return

to Lyman on Friday, Jan. 17, to compete

at the Lyman Invite. On Saturday, Jan.

18, the team will be back in the pool at the

Taylor placed second in the event.

Big Piney took the lead early in the fourth

quarter, with another 3-pointer by Espenscheid

and a 2-pointer by Pluid. Raza grabbed

a steal, allowing Espenscheid to drop in another

2-pointer.

Pluid and Banks each scored a 2-pointer,

but Jackson kept the heat on, edging closer.

Raza grabbed the ball on defense, and made

good on his steal with a 2-pointer. Pluid followed

with two 2-pointers. The last minute of

the game came down to one free throw scored

by Banks and two by Pluid.

Big Piney managed to hold onto the lead as

the last seconds of the clock ticked down. The

final score stood at 57-53 in Big Piney’s favor.

Coach Strong said the team will put in a lot

of hard work over the week in preparation for

conference games against Lyman and Mountain

View this weekend.

“Our goal continues to be to grind every

day and to get better and play hard for each

other,” he said. “This week will be a huge

challenge for us.”

The Punchers host Lyman on Friday, Jan.

18. The games start at 2:30 p.m. with junior

varsity. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Big Piney will

travel to Mountain View to take on the Buffaloes

starting at 1 p.m.

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