Falcons stay undefeated
TWIN BRIDGES – Before a brief holiday hiatus, area basketball teams played their last games of 2018. The Twin Bridges Falcons and Sheridan Panthers were the first to face off on Monday, December 17, and visiting Twin Bridges kept the strong start to their season rolling.
The Lady Falcons were the first to play, and after a dead-heat first half that left them trailing Sheridan by a single point, they came back strong, outscoring the Panthers 27 - 15 in the second half to triumph in a score of 45 - 34.
Clancy Philip and Blu Keim led Twin Bridges with 12 points apiece, assisted by nine from Anna Kaiser. On the Panthers side, Leah Sanders was the only player to crack the double digits with 11 points, while Deseray Tipton added seven.
On the boys’ side, the Falcons kept a perfect undefeated streak alive, routing the Panthers 65 - 25, beginning with a 10-point lead in the first quarter and only widening that to 20 in the second quarter, 31 in the third and 40 by game’s end.
Daniel Kruer scored a blistering 23 points to lead the Falcons, including two three-pointers. Nate Konen added 14 points and Jake Hughes followed close behind with nine.
Moxon Lee scored more than half of Sheridan’s points with 13, followed by five from Jason Chisolm. Lee was two for five from the three-point line while Chisolm added the Panthers’ third three-pointer.
The following day on December 18, the Harrison lady Wildcats hosted the Lone Peak Big Horns for the first win of the season. In a runaway game they shut down the Big Horns in a score of 49 - 28.
The boys team had a bye that day in preparation for Thursday’s match in Philipsburg against the Granite Prospectors, but the week would end in disappointment for both Wildcats teams. The boys fell in Philipsburg 53 - 37, the girls in 49 - 19.
Back inside Madison County, Twin Bridges continued an undefeated season so far on the boys’ side. The Falcons defeated the visiting Drummond Trojans in 57 - 46. Daniel and Charlie Kruer led the Falcons with stellar records of 17 and 16 points respectively, including four three-pointers from Charlie.
For the girls, Ashleigh Guinnane ran away with things for the Lady Falcons, notching 16 points on Thursday evening. Even a third quarter in which Drummond outscored Twin Bridges 23 - 14 wasn’t enough to clinch Drummond the victory, and the Lady Falcons triumphed in a narrow 39 - 35.
Sheridan and Ennis made up the last matchup of the week as teams prepare for the Christmas holiday and a brief hiatus. The Lady Mustangs continued a hot start to their season in defeating the Panthers 61 - 22. The boys scored an equal number of points, dropping the Panthers 61 - 37.
Local teams won’t pick up action again until January 3, when Twin Bridges will travel to Whitehall. Then 2019 really gets rolling on January 4, when the Falcons will play Lone Peak, Sheridan will travel to Drummond, Harrison will travel to Lima and Ennis will travel to Philipsburg to play Granite.