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By Sisco Molina
Sports Editor 

ON TO REGIONALS

Pioneers, Lady Pioneers head to 1A West regional tourney as No. 3 seeds

 

February 25, 2016

Sisco Molina

Ten Sleep senior Jay Lee (23) finishes around two Burlington defenders with a finger roll on Friday, Feb. 19 at Ten Sleep High School. Lee and the Pioneers travel to Lander for the 1A West Regional Boys Basketball Tournament and enter as the No. 3 seed from the 1A Northwest.

TEN SLEEP – For eight teams in the 1A West, the season continues this weekend as teams from the 1A Northwest and 1A Southwest quadrants converge in Lander today for the 1A West Regional Basketball Tournament.

Some teams enter expecting to compete for a regional championship while others simply hope to survive the weekend by winning two games and punching a ticket to the state tournament.

The third-seeded Ten Sleep Pioneers (7-13 overall, 3-5 1A Northwest) have the chance to take a giant first step toward a state tournament berth today as they face Snake River at 2 p.m. today in the first round – the No. 2 seed from the 1A Southwest.

The Rattlers (9-13, 3-3 1A Southwest) enter the game having won their last two games, including an upset of previously No. 2, now No. 4-ranked Encampment on Friday, Feb. 19 – handing the Tigers a 38-32 loss and ending their 15-game winning streak.

Don't be fooled by its record, Snake River will be a force in Lander this weekend.

The Rattlers are led by a trio of players who each average double-digit scoring numbers – Kameron Evans, JD Corson and Slater Kaisler.

Evans leads with 12.2 points per game while Corson and Kaisler follow with 11.8 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively.

Evans is the main 3-point threat, averaging nearly six attempts from beyond the arc each game and connecting on 37 percent of them. Corson isn't as much of volume distance-shooter as his cohort, but leads all of 1A in 3-point shooting percentage at 42 percent.

Kaisler is the do-it-all player for Snake River, leading the team in rebounding (7.8), assists (2.5), steals (2.8) and blocks (0.7).

Ten Sleep features one of the top point guards in the conference in Quentin Fettig who is eighth in scoring (12.9 ppg) while ranking first in steals (2.8 spg) and second in assists (2.5) in the 1A West.

Ten Sleep boys basketball coach Ben Schwarz has tried to emphasize his post players as of late which could mean an increased workload for big men Sam Treece and Byron Powell.

Treece averages 8.9 ppg and also leads the team in rebounding with an average of eight boards a game and should see a lot more touches along with Powell, who has been featured more often in recent games.

Lady Pioneers

The Lady Pioneers (8-10, 3-5) also enter as the No. 3 seed from the 1A Northwest on the girls side and will also face Snake River as the No. 2 seed from the 1A Southwest in the first round today at 3:40 p.m.

The Lady Rattlers (16-5, 5-1) might be the hottest team in the 1A ranks right now, having won nine straight games in a month-and-a-half span.

Snake River was tied with Cokeville in the quadrant standings entering the postseason and lost a coin flip which demoted it to the second seed.

No matter way the coin flipped, though, Ten Sleep would have its hands full.

Snake River is the second-best scoring team in the state, averaging 45.8 points per game this season with Karlee Moon as the main threat.

Moon is fourth in the 1A West in scoring with 15.9 ppg and the unquestionable leader for the Lady Rattlers.

Her supporting cast is pretty good, too.

Lil Hodges nearly averages a double-double, ranking 10th in the conference in scoring (9.7 ppg) and also leads all of 1A in rebounding 10.7 per contest.

Kirstin Gourley and Addie Stanley also chip in 7.6 and 7.1 ppg, respectively.

"We are realistic and know that we will have to play a great four quarters to beat a time like Snake River," Ten Sleep girls basketball coach Dave Egger said. "I hope my girls have as much faith in themselves as I do in them. If they do then we should be fine."

 
 

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