Senior night for the NSHS Wolves basketball ended on a disappointing note as the Duchesne Eagles took the 56-46 victory over the Wolves.

              “It was a tough loss. Senior night, a lot of emotions already and a loss just stings a little more. We continue to play good defense. We are struggling a lot on the offensive end though. Heading into the postseason and seeing the bracket today I hope the kids still have some fire left. We will be hosting a home game in the first round. The goal is to make it to the SVC and further. I’ve had big expectations for this year, and I’ve held onto them. We are a better team then what we’ve shown,” said Coach Dakota Shepherd.

              Both teams scored evenly in the first quarter, though the Eagles were up 10-8 at the end of it, but an 18-point second quarter gave them the 28-19 lead from which North Sevier couldn’t come back from.

              Senior Keaton Rosquist led the team in scoring with 18 points, Ethan Fielding scored 13, Cauy Williams and Tate Goble each 4, Greyson Bennett a 3 and Ryker Frischknecht and Randy Elmer each 2.

              This week the team hosts St. Joseph on Wednesday, February 16 and following a win, will travel to Enterprise Saturday night.  In the RPI North Sevier is currently ranked 14th, St. Joseph 19th, and Enterprise 3rd.

North Sevier Lady Wolves finished regular season play on a three-game winning streak, beating the Duchesne Eagles at home Thursday night on senior night.

              After going down 19-11 in the sluggish first quarter, the Lady Wolves clawed their way back and a huge 21-point final quarter gave them the narrow 53-29 victory.

              “I’m really proud of my team for battling to the end.  A technical foul in the middle of the fourth quarter on one of Duchesne’s players led to Butler scoring 7 points in about 4 secs.  That cut the lead to 3 and changed the entire game.  Trey Torgerson made a sweet pass to Cale Torgerson for a 3 that gave us our first lead of the game.  Cale also had 2 crucial blocked shots in the final minute.  Butler had one of her best games of the season scoring 20 points and converting 10/10 at the FT line.  Other bright spots of the game included MIla Torgerson scoring 8 of our 11 points in the first quarter and Avery Smith hitting 2 3’s in the first half to keep it close.  Alli Mason played another solid game and Gracee Johnson pulled down some key rebounds to seal the victory,” said Larsen.

              Junior Brooklyn Butler led the team in scoring with 20 points, Mila Torgerson added 8, Alli Mason 7, Avery Smith 6, Gracee Johnson 4, Cale Torgerson and Sydnie Henry each 3 and Trey Torgerson 2.

              “The exciting finish led to a memorable senior night where the juniors read messages to the seniors about what they have learned and what they love about each of them.  Both Avery and Gracee are having their best seasons.  Gracee converted from guard to post and has quickly become a force in the middle.  Avery has the purest shot and has finally unleashed it.  Both are solid defenders and phenomenal teammates,” said Larsen.  “We finished the season winning 5 of our last 6 games (our loss was a buzzer-beating heartbreaker in OT at Duchesne), so I feel really good about how we are playing.  There are always plenty of things to work on.  We probably drew the toughest play-in game, but we have a week to prepare and be ready.  We will play American Heritage at 7PM on Friday, Feb 18 at home.  If we win, we will get to play in the state tournament at the SVC Feb 24-26.  We’re looking forward to that challenge.”

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