LSRV boys basketball stays perfect with tough wins

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Box scores from the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball teams games Jan. 12 at Rangely, Jan. 13 at Saratoga and Friday at Farson-Eden:

Jan. 12

• LSRV — 77

• Rangely — 44

Jan. 13

• LSRV — 76

• Saratoga — 32

Friday

• LSRV — 64

• Farson — 34

— The Rattlers are 14-0 overall, 2-0 Three Trails Conference

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys varsity basketball team jumped back into Three Trails Conference play this weekend, but the team got a nice warm-up last week.

The Rattlers stayed perfect with wins over Rangely and Saratoga on Jan. 12 and 13, respectively

At Rangely, the Panthers jumped on LSRV early, taking an 18-16 lead after the first quarter — only the third time this season the Rattlers have trailed after the first.

However, Rattlers head coach Paul Prestrud said his players’ conditioning was the difference maker in the final three quarters, with LSRV pulling out a 77-44 win.

“In the second quarter, we pulled up by eight points and in the second half, we ran away with it,” Prestrud said. “I think we were just in better shape than them, because they started to get a little tired, and we played well down the stretch.”

After the first quarter, Prestrud said he told the guys they had to be more patient on offense and change up the defense.

The Rattlers outscored Rangely 17-7 in the second quarter and 23-6 in the third.

“We got together and I told them not to rush the shots, but reverse the ball and take a better shot,” Prestrud said. “Defensively, we had to make them move the ball more and not let them inside. By making them shoot from outside, we took control of the game.”

Prestrud said Rangely was a hard-fought game, but Saratoga didn’t give up much of a fight in a 76-32 defeat to the Rattlers.

Saratoga is a Wyoming 2A school, but is only 4-9 on the season.

“Saratoga is a little down this year, so we got out to a fast start and jumped on them early,” Prestrud said. “They never really challenged us, so we were able to play some younger players and get them some minutes.

“(Saratoga) has decent athletes, but they couldn’t shoot and the enthusiasm just seemed to be down.”

Prestrud said defense has been the key early in the season.

“If we can get five kids in double digits and hold our opponent under 50, we will win,” he said. “Our defense has played really good and been able to take some teams out of the game early.”

On Friday, the Rattlers got back into conference play at Farson-Eden, leaving with a 64-34 victory.

Today, LSRV battles another conference foe, Cokeville, on the road.

Prestrud said the Farson-Cokeville road trip is one of the toughest of the season and most years the team is happy with splitting the two games.

However, with Cokeville yet to lose a conference game, Prestrud said anything but a win today would be disappointing.

“Cokeville is going to give us a competitive game and they will play tough,” he said. “We can’t look ahead and need to make sure we give everything we have and battle until the end.”

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