5’2” sophomore Carly Wilson proved her mettle last year. New head coach Loren Bough believes she will help lead the charge this season. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS


New leadership for a young team

Big Horns girls basketball team sees changes, but also opportunities

Loren Bough, serving as head coach, will join assistant coaches Kate Eisele and John Boe in leading Big Sky School District Big Horns girls basketball. Like many teams in the Class C region, they are looking at a season with mostly young players. Bough believes 5’7” junior Ivy Hicks – who made Second Team All Conference last season, 5’6” junior Sara Wilson and 5’2” sophomore Carly Wilson will help lead the charge and attempt to better the 5-12 record from last season. 

No seniors and only three returning players will be their greatest obstacle, he said.  

“We will focus on defensive skills and I hope out rebound and out hustle the opposition,” he said. 

He is happy there are enough players to create a junior varsity team. 

A new year and motivated seniors

Big Horns boys varsity basketball team prepares to conquer on the court

Big Sky School District athletic director John Hannahs takes the helm for the first time as head coach of Lone Peak High School (LPHS) basketball this season, after five years as assistant coach. He is hoping to build on the 5-13 record from last year.  In that quest, he has six returning players, including 5’10” senior Frankie Starz who went 1st Team All Conference and 5’10” senior Austin Samuels who earned All Conference Honorable Mention last year. 

“I have four extremely motivated seniors who have been on the team since freshman year. Frankie Starz and Austin Samuels are our two shooting guards who put up significant numbers last season,” he said. “At power forward, Nick Brester is a formidable defender and will pull in a lot of rebounds this year. Small forward Isaac Gilmore will make use of his incredible range and ability to take care of the ball.”

He also noted he has a handful of juniors he expects to step up and surprise some people. 

Hannahs loves basketball. It is his happy place and favorite time of the year. 

“The fact that I get to share it with these boys that I have come to know in the last five years while at the helm of the program is going to be really special,” he said. 

His philosophy is not to dwell on challenges they may face and instead go full steam ahead. 

“If I speculate on a possible obstacle then it will become an excuse. Most adversity a team faces throughout the season is completely unexpected and I am confident that my team will power through any obstacles they face and not use them as excuses,” he said. 

He expects his team to take care of the ball, outsmart opponents and have fewer turnovers. If they can do that, he said, they will be hard to beat.

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