Both the HEM Miners and Lady Miners won all their games at the Little Six Tournament held in Meeteetse on Thursday and Friday, January 8th and 9th. On Thursday, Arvada-Clearmont did not have enough girls to put a team on the court, so they had to forfeit to the Lady Miners. The Miners junior varsity played a game with Burlington’s JV, which they won 40 to 16. (This JV game did not earn the Lady Miners conference points,but the Arvada-Clearmont forfeit gave them two points.) The boys’ team did play the Arvada-Clearmont Panthers and beat them 50 to 40, their first win of the season. Wyatt Phillips made 12 of the points and stole the ball 5 times. Christian Gonzales had 12 points, and Jake Sutter had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
The next HEM game played on Thursday was against the host team, the Meeteetse Longhorns. The Lady Miners were ahead by 40 points with 2:33 left in the third quarter at 53 to 13, so the “mercy rule” was invoked, and the clock ran continuously until the end of the game. The final score was 59 to 21. Haley Clark was high scorer with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Cheyenne Tomkins contributed 13 points. Maggie Johnson grabbed 9 rebounds and had 8 assists. Darby Bowen had 6 assists and 4 steals. The boys game was closer but ended at 47 to 37 in favor of the Miners. Jason Nowak was the high scorer with 10 points. Jarrett Neimark contributed 8 points, Jake Sutter 8 points, and Wyatt Philips 7 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Miners took on the Lady Oilers. After a slow start, the HEM girls established dominance in the second half, winning the game 56 to 28. Brittany Dys made 16 of those points. Haley Clark had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Maggie Johnson contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cheyenne Tomkins went up for 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and blocked 3 shots. Shelby Bowen had 3 assists. The HEM boys beat the Oilers as well, 45 to 38. This time it was Celsey Meyers’ turn to be the high scorer with 15 points. Jarrett Neimark made 9 points and Trevor Rice 8 points. Christian Gonzales snatched 12 rebounds. The team was 9/11 for free throws in the fourth quarter.
Lady Miner’s coach Jackie Jones felt her girls played outstanding defense for the three games. She said, “We used three different defensive schemes, and that helped result into transition points. The girls ran the floor well, and they are finding each other in full-court transition for scoring opportunities.”
Clif Jones, the boys’ coach was impressed with how so many different players contributed to all three of the boys’ wins. He felt that this was due, in part, to the fact that they were aggressive offensively, attacking the basket. He also felt their defense played a key role in bringing home the victories.
The Miners and Lady Miners play five home games in the next two weeks, starting Tuesday with the Lady Miners at 4:30 p.m. against the Rawlins sophomores. Guernsey, Meeteetse, Encampment, and Rock River also will come to try their luck against the Miners.