Senior night for LPHS basketball

District tournament starts in Butte this week

With bouquets of flowers and baskets of gifts, five senior varsity basketball players at Lone Peak High School thanked their parents in front of the crowd before they played their final home games of the season against the Sheridan Panthers on Friday night, Feb. 11.

Athletic Director John Hannahs thanked point guard Carly Wilson, team manager Kassidy Boersma, Valerio Diotallevi, John Chadwell, and Tony Brester, before the game for their sweat and smiles at Lone Peak High School (LPHS).


Led by assistant coach Curtis Ekmark, the ladies came out strong to start the game against Sheridan. Despite determined play from the Panthers in black, the Lady Big Horns high intensity defense and fast break offense swallowed Sheridan.

The girls went into half time up 14 points.

Junior Maddie Cone, senior guard Carly Wilson, and junior Kate King played great offense with strong drives to the hoop, good ball handling, and three pointers. Jessie Bough and Astrid McGuire scrapped for steals and rebounds and disrupted the Panthers on the other end of the court.

The girls defeated Sheridan 58-47.

In a slight twist, assistant coach Ekmark took on the primary coaching role over head coach Loren Bough on Friday. He explained:

“We’re a really good team. I’m just here to supplement and help out when I can. He’s [Loren] been doing a great job. You can see the difference over the course of the year. …He had a game Tuesday and a game Friday, so I took over yelling tonight. I was the voice tonight to give him a little rest,” said Ekmark.

Head Coach Loren Bough was pleased with the girls after two wins in a row.

“We wanted to go into districts proving that we could run a press, proving that we could run a fast break and hit threes, and so over the past three games we got all of that down. We need to bring that kind of energy three or four nights in a row [in Butte],” said head coach Loren Bough.

Before the district tournament starts in Butte on Tuesday, Feb. 15, the girls traveled to West Yellowstone on Saturday for their final game of the season. The Lady Big Horns surprised West and won their third game in a row. The final score was 46-42, Lone Peak.


In Butte, the Big Horn girls (#7) will face Lima (#10) at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Maroon Activity Center. The Lady Big Horns feel good about their matchup because they recently beat Lima, explained Bough.

If the girls win on Wednesday, they will go on to play against Manhattan Christian, Twin Bridges, or Shields Valley on Thursday, Feb. 17. Ride the momentum and bring the intensity ladies!


The Big Horn boys, led by seniors John Chadwell, Tony Brester, and Valerio Diotallevi, started off the game against Sheridan on Friday, Feb. 11, backpedaling. Sheridan hit multiple three-pointers right out of the gate and built up an early 10 point lead.

Head coach John Hannahs, who was dressed up for the occasion, expected a good game. Although the Big Horns beat the Panthers earlier this season, the Panthers did not have their star guard Cade Cathey.

Despite points from Diotallevi and Brester, Sheridan’s length and zone defense caused issues for the Big Horn boys. Gus Hammond and Max Romney, the lead scorers for Lone Peak, never found their rhythm.

Sheridan’s guard Cade Cathey, on the other hand, could not miss. He hit threes, mid-range jumpers, and lay ups off the glass. Lone Peak never found an answer to Cathey’s lanky and athletic play. He scored 23 points.

As the energy in the gym started to fade as the Big Horns fell further and further behind, LPHS coach Erika Frounfelker attempted to summon a response from the student section by running the baseline of the Bough Dolan Athletic Center court in the fourth quarter.

The boys, however, never got closer than nine points. Sheridan beat the Big Horns 69-55 at home.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the boys traveled to West Yellowstone for their final game of the season against the Wolverines. Senior John Chadwell scored 15 points and Max Romney added 13. It was not enough to beat West. The Wolverines defeated the Big Horns 67-45.


The Lone Peak boys (#10) will face White Sulphur Springs (#7) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in a playin game for the district tournament at the Maroon Activity Center in Butte. If they win, they will play on Thursday, Feb. 17, against Manhattan Christian, West Yellowstone, or Shields Valley. 

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