by Keith Kelley–8 Jan ’15
Day one of the McDonald’s Classic is in the books, as games were held at all three Cheyenne High Schools. We were at the Central Fieldhouse Thursday evening, as the boys and girls hosted Kelly Walsh. The Indians went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Trojans, but fell at the end, 55-42.
The score wasn’t indicative of how close the game was. Central led 40-36 at one point in the fourth quarter, but KW went on a 19-2 run to end the game. There was a lid on the Indians basket, as they just couldn’t get anything to fall down the stretch. Head coach Tagg Lain says that’s something they need to work on, as the season goes on.
It was back and forth for much of the game, and in the third quarter, junior Grant Storebo sparked a run that would give the Indians the lead. Storebo scored eight of his 12 points in the third, as Central led 35-34, heading to the fourth.
But the Indians had no answer for the Trojan’s Ethan Applegate, who finished with a game high 18 points, while senior Marcus Nolan added 13.
Cheyenne Central girls 46 Kelly Walsh 43
The Central girls won a pair of games on day one of the McDonald’s Classic. In game one, senior Emily Evans scored 19 points, as the Lady Indians beat Grand Junction, Colorado 47-44
Evans was at it again in the second game, as the Lady Indians would hold on to beat Kelly Walsh 46-43. She finished with 16 points to lead the way. But it wasn’t easy, as KW freshman Madison Vinich kept the Lady Trojans in the game. She scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including nine in the fourth quarter to keep the game interesting. Central girls coach Curtis Martindale was pleased with the win, but there are things to improve on.
The Lady Indians are now 8-1 on the season
#2 Cheyenne East 58 Riverton 54
Natrona County 66 Cheyenne South 50
#2 Cheyenne East 54 Riverton 23
Cheyenne South 52 Ft. Collins 44
#5 Natrona County 67 Cheyenne South 46