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Still a perfect season

Rattlers slide past Bulldogs to win, remain undefeated

John Vandelinder

— The Little Snake River Valley Middle School boys basketball team did something Thursday they had been waiting nearly a year to do.

Beat the Bulldogs.

The long wait paid off.

The Rattlers (5-0) remained unbeaten in 2008, running by visiting Craig Middle School, 58-35, in front of a packed gymnasium in Baggs, Wyo.

The victory avenged the Rattlers lone loss last season – a one-point defeat in Craig.

“Yes, we love winning,” Rattlers coach Brent Lee said. “I can’t stand to lose, but it’s all about learning here, in this game, at this age.”

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What the team learned Thursday is that a unified effort will beat individual achievements.

CMS’ leading scorer, Paul Laliberte, tallied a game-high 22 points despite being double – and sometimes triple-teamed. His scoring efforts couldn’t offset the Rattlers balanced attack.

Cousins Grayson and Conner Lee scored 15 points apiece, while Cole Gourlay pitched in with 10 and Garret Grieve nine.

“I just wanted to keep our record perfect,” Grayson Lee said. “I felt good coming in. Some of my free throws didn’t fall, but I had a pretty good game.”

The Rattlers stretched a two-point first quarter lead to eight by halftime, 13 at the end of the third quarter, before eventually winning by 23.

“We haven’t had a team really test us so far this year until tonight,” Brent Lee said. “I guess you could say we passed.”

The Rattlers pushed the win-streak to six Friday night, dispatching visiting Hayden, 33-15.

Game statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

CMS (5-1) 10 11 9 5 35

LSRV (5-0) 12 17 14 15 58

Individual scoring:

(Shots made, Free throws made/Free throws attempted, Total points)

CMS:

Ahlmer 1 0-0 2, Bocco 0 0-5 0, Stewart 1 1-3 4, Hildebrandt 0 1-2 1, Buckley 2 2-6 6, Laliberte 7 7-8 22, Trevor Goodwin 0 0-0 0.

Totals 11 (2) 11-24 35

LSRV:

Herold 0 0-0 0, Orchard 0 0-0 0, Filip 0 0-0 0, Grieve 4 1-2 9, Ready 0 0-0 0, Quinteros 2 1-4 5, Gourlay 4 2-4 10, G. Lee 7 1-2 15, Mikesell 0 0-0 0, C. Lee 5 5-9 15, Sutherland 2 0-0 4.

Totals 24 (0) 10-21 58.

Three-point baskets:

CMS: 2 (Laliberte, Stewart).

LSRV: none.