From the Line

Bradyn Palmer sets for a free throw against Bridgeport. The AHS junior scored 11 in Friday’s win over Cheyenne South.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Alliance opened the New Year 3-0 as the Bulldog varsity boys basketball team swept the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Invite. AHS started with a 69-63 win over Natrona (Casper, Wyo.) Thursday then outpaced two Cheyenne teams — South HS 67-46 Friday and Central 67-53 Saturday.

Down 29-23 against the Natrona Mustangs at the half, the Bulldogs more than doubled their score in the third outpacing the host team 27-19. Alliance’s defense secured a 69-63 win allowing just five points in the final eight minutes.

“Fell behind 6-0 in the first minute but controlled the game after that. Won the third quarter 27-19 to pull away,” AHS Head Coach Michael Baker said. “Natrona is a physical team and we are pleased that we met that challenge. Saw great contributions from our players off the bench (DuBray, Farritor, Kindred and Schrawyer). This is a good start to our three game stay in Cheyenne!”

The Bulldogs attacked from long range. Mason Hiemstra, who led all scorers with 33, and Joel Baker each sank four three-pointers with Reece Jensen also connecting beyond the arc on his only attempt. AHS shot 50 percent on two-point baskets and ended the night 14 of 25 from the free throw line.

On Dec. 15 the Mustangs visited common foe Scottsbluff. Natrona lost 100-69 after opening the season 3-0.

Alliance is 10-2.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Alliance          18       15       14       20       – 67

Central           7          14       15       17       – 53

Alliance — DuBray 13, Stark 3, Baker 9, Kindred 8, Jensen 8, Hiemstra 24, Palmer 2

Central — Maclery 3, Lyman 11, Burke 10, Talich 2, Brady Storebo 13, Brock Storebo 2, Lovering 12

Friday, Jan. 4

Alliance          21       14       19       13       – 67

South             11       11       11       13       – 46

Alliance — DuBray 6, Stark 12, Baker 9, Kindred 3, Jensen 2, Hiemstra 24, Palmer 11

South — Phillips 16, Ray 2, Bird 4, Cummings 4, McDonald 10, Carbajal 4, Alexander 2, Scott 4

Thursday, Jan. 3

Alliance          12       11       27       11       – 69

Natrona         15       14       19       5          – 63

Natrona Game Stats           Pts      3FG    2FG    FT       T Reb Asst

DuBray                       0          0          0          0          6                      1

Stark                           8          0          3          2          2                      2

Baker                         16       4          1          2          1                      0

Kindred                      2          0          1          0          1                      0

Jensen                      7          1          2          0          2                      4

Hiemstra                   33       4          6          9          7                      7

Schrawyer                 0          0          0          0          3                      0

Palmer                       3          0          1          1          7                      1

Natrona scoring — Spear 1, Quig 9, Bertagnole 8, Jackson 3, George 12, Sorensen 2, Johnson 18

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