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HEM gets to play 2 out of 3

Weather hampers practices, games for Miners and Lady Miners


February 12, 2020

Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School basketball teams received a forfeit from Glendo to start their week on Friday. The next day, the basketball teams rolled out to Rock River to face the Longhorns and on Monday, they faced the Wheatland Sophomores.

Rock River

The Lady Miners had only lost one game this season and it was to the Lady Longhorns. It would be fair to say, HEM was looking for some pay back. This was not the day it was going to happen.

“Our game against Rock River was our poorest shooting game of the season,” Head Girls Basketball Coach Jackie Jones said. “We had good looks at the bucket and could not knock down shots.”

Even though the Lady Miners were not sharp, they were ahead until the fourth quarter,

“The Lady Longhorns came back in the fourth quarter after we took the lead and finished the game strong,” Jackie said.

The Lady Miners lost 33-24.

The boys basketball team handled Rock River with ease. When the two teams met earlier in the season, the Miners prevailed fairly easily. History repeated itself on Saturday. HEM won 54-17.

Wheatland Sophomores

“We need to get a good week of practice with no weather cancellations and just get the rust off,” Jackie said about how little the team practiced last week due to weather.

The game against the Wheatland Sophomores on Monday started shaking some of that rust off.

“Tonight against the Wheatland sophs we played great defense and held them to 15 points,” Jackie said, proud of her team.

Jackie said the scoring was balanced by the Lady Miners with good efforts by twins Amy and Madison Campbell and Taylar Scott.

HEM won 23-15.

The boys team won handily, 58-24.

“Both of the Rock River and Wheatland sophomore games gave us the chance to play our younger kids substantial minutes,” Head Boys Basketball Cliff Jones said.

He agreed with Jackie, the team needed the weather to let up its relentlessness of closing down roads and school.

“We had a difficult time last week getting into a rhythm with no school, early outs and only one day of full practice,” Cliff said. “It was nice to get a couple of games in, but we have a lot of work to do as we prepare for the next couple of weeks which will be against some quality opponents.”

The next scheduled game HEM will play Lingle - Ft. Laramie on February 15 in Lingle.


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