Husky girls out run the Rebels
Several prominent players from area schools with no games scheduled last weekend traveled to Absarokee to see the Huskies play the Custer-Hysham Rebels on Jan. 2. They were not disappointed by the action.
The game was a back-and-forth battle in the first half and tied at 28 apiece late in the third quarter as both teams went to their 3-point game, but the Huskies pulled ahead in the final minutes for the win, 48-38.
Senior Maisey Sheppard led the Huskies with 15 points, followed by senior Emma Chandler with 13 and junior Erin Campbell with 10.
Senior guard Paige Moore, an able ball handler and 3-point shooter, led the Rebels with 17 points.
“Moore is a really good shooter for Custer,” head coach Travis Frickel said. “The first game back after Christmas break usually results in some rust that needs to be shook off, so a good shooter like that can really hurt you.”
The game started at a much slower pace than the high-speed game against Park City on Dec. 19, with both teams utilizing a zone defense and no full-court press. The Rebels’ 3-point shooting was lackluster at first, while the Huskies suffered from numerous traveling violations and bad cross-court passing.
Absarokee turned to man-to-man defense and a fast-break offense halfway through the second quarter. The score was tied at 13 apiece with 20 seconds left in the half. Junior Katrina Feddes missed two free throws, and the Rebels sank a 3-pointer to end the half ahead, 19-16.
Both teams sank 3-pointers at the start of the second half, building to a 28-28 tie with four minutes left in the third quarter. Then Sheppard scored on a fast-break, and Campbell stole the inbound pass for another score, putting the Huskies four points ahead.
That’s when the Huskies set up a stingy full-court defense, but while Absarokee led 36-32 at the end of the third quarter, they also led in fouls by 6-0.
The Huskies went to their run-and-gun offense in the fourth quarter while setting up freshman Mallorey Sheppard for 3-pointers, which proved unsuccessful. Capitalizing on several steals gave the Huskies a 45-36 lead with 2:30 left in the game.
With their starters back on the court, the Huskies continued to move the ball while the Rebels stalled on offense, scoring a miserly six points in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played well in the second half and played with the right amount of intensity to get the win,” Frickel said. “Erin Campbell did a nice job on both ends of the floor, and we got nice contributions from Maisey Sheppard and Emma Chandler.”
The Huskies are now 3-3 overall. They have three more home games this month, including the Red Lodge Rams on Friday, Jan. 8, the Fromberg Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 9, and the Plenty Coups Warriors on Friday, Jan. 15.
Absarokee 48, Custer-Hysham 38
Absarokee 9 7 20 12 – 48
Custer-Hysham 5 14 13 6 – 38
Custer-Hysham: Paige Moore 17, Piper Robinson 6, Ana Cybulski 4, Taya Wilson 6, Tori Cybulski 5.
Absarokee: Maisey Sheppard 15, Erin Campbell 10, Colleen Culbertson 2, Emma Chandler 13, Mallorey Sheppard 2, Katrina Feddes 6.