The Burlington Huskies extended their win streak this season to 17-0 and moved to 5-0 in the 1A Northwest Conference standings with a 76-38 drubbing of the Meeteetse Longhorns last Friday.
The Huskies jumped out to a 23-11 lead after the first quarter and led 41-18 at halftime. They outscored the Longhorns 20-13 in the third quarter to lead by 30 heading into the final period, 61-31. They won going away 76-38.
Coach Matt Davidson said, “Ten players played in the game and all did well. Each game we set team goals for the game. These include things such as number of rebounds, consecutive defensive stops, number of uncontested shots allowed, other team shooting percentage, number of steals, number of assists, turnovers, deflections, and so forth. All of these goals were met in this game except the number of uncontested shots allowed. It was a good team effort.”
Davidson noted that guard Nicholas Carrizales is still out with an ankle sprain.
As for the team effort seven players scored, shooting 53 percent from the field, 93 percent from the free-throw line. They had 20 assists, 24 steals, seven blocks and just 13 turnovers. “I felt like we took care of the ball really well during this game,” Coach Davidson said.
Five players scored in double figures led by Jess McNiven with 17 points, followed by James Davidson with 15 points, Preston Wardell and Daniel Davidson 14 points each and Trevor Wardell 10 points.
James Davidson grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team. Preston Wardell and Matt Christiansen led in assists with five each. McNiven and Daniel Davidson had two blocks apiece. Trevor Wardell led the team with six steals.
Davidson said, “Landon (George) and Ty (Henderson) had great minutes throughout this game coming off of the bench. There was lots of good hustle throughout the game.”
He added, “Our defense was consistent. Seth Bennett (of Meeeteetse) scored only eight points compared to his 24 the first time we played. I thought we kept pressure on the ball, rotated, and helped well.”
The Huskies have two conference games this weekend, traveling to St. Stephens on Friday with games at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday they host Dubois at noon and 3 p.m.
“Both of these teams are improving each week. Dubois beat St. Stephens in a close game and only lost to Ten Sleep last weekend by 13. We will continue to work on defensive communication, defensive rotation, and our transition game,” Davidson said.
The Huskies defeated St. Stephens 63-46 at home on Jan. 26. They defeated Dubois on the road 73-26 on Jan. 12.
BURLINGTON 76, MEETEETSE 38
Burlington 23 18 20 15 — 76
Meeteetse 11 7 13 7 — 38
Matt Christiansen 1-4 0-0 2, Daniel Davidson 6-16 202 14, Jess McNiven 6-8 5-5 17, Tyrel Henderson 0-2 0-0 0, Trevor Wardell 4-5 0-0 10, Landon George 2-5 0-1 4, James Davidson 7-9 0-0 15, Preston Wardell 4-7 6-6 14, Nathan Carrizales 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Jones 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS — 30-57 13-14 76.
3-POINTERS — 3-8, T. Wardell 2, J. Davidson. REBOUNDS — 26, J. Davidson 9, P. Wardell 6, D. Davidson 5. ASSISTS — 20, P. Wardell 5, Christiansen 5, T. Wardell 4. STEALS — 24, T. Wardell 6, P. Wardell 5, D. Davidson 4, McNiven 4.BLOCKS — 7. TURNOVERS — 13. FOULS — 9. FOULED OUT — None.