Posted on January 2nd in Sports
by Jennifer Jenks
Burns Times-Herald
 

Tyler Opie looks to make a wrap-around pass past the defender.
Photo by JENNIFER JENKS

The Crane girls varsity basketball team finished up the Alycia Jenkins Memorial Tournament, held Dec. 20-22 in Crane, with victories over all three opponents. 

 
Paige Landon scored 13 points and Hannah Maupin had 12 to lead the Mustangs to a 43-18 win over Dayville / Monument in their opening game. 
 
The Mustangs kept the lead throughout, jumping to a double-digit lead at the half, 17-5, and went on to outscore the Tigers 26-13 in the second half to pick up the win.
 
Rebekah Clark chipped in five points for the Mustangs; Hannah Steeves, Morgan Corrigan and Bryanna Dunn added three apiece; and Glennie Milburn and Maria Thompson each had two.
 
The Mustangs shot well from the free-throw line, making seven of 10.
 
            1    2    3    4     Final
D/M      2    3    8    5      18
Cra      9    8   10  16     43
 
In the second game of the tournament, Crane took the lead from the start and, besides a 4-4 tie early on, never relinquished it. The Mustangs ended the half ahead 15-9. They allowed the Leopards only seven more points in the third quarter and none in the fourth to win the contest 36-16.
 
Landon, Maupin and Corrigan were high scorers of the game. 
 
            1    2    3    4     Final
Cove    4    5    7    0      16
Cra    10    5  13    8      36
 
In their third and final game of the tournament, the Mustangs took on McDermitt and came away with another win, 55-36.
 
After ending the half with a modest eight-point lead, Crane surged ahead in the third, outscoring the Bulldogs 20-11. The scoring was more even in the fourth, with the Mustangs edging the Bulldogs out by two, but the damage had already been done and Crane got the victory.
 
The Mustangs were led by Maupin with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Landon with 15, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the third. Steeves and Clark added 10 and nine respectively, while Corrigan and Milburn scored two apiece.
 
The Mustangs shot 18 of 28 from the free-throw line.
 
            1    2    3    4     Final
McD     4    9   11  12     36
Cra      9  12   20  14     55
 
Crane, now 6-3 on the season, travels to Dayville on Friday, Jan. 4, and then play at Prairie City Saturday, Jan. 5.
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The Crane boys varsity basketball team took a three-game sweep at the Alycia Jenkins Memorial Tournament, held Dec. 20-22 in Crane. 
 
Crane opened the tournament with a decisive 57-41 win over Dayville / Monument.
 
The Mustangs never trailed in the game, as they took a 25-18 lead at the half. 
 
After getting outscored 12-10 by the Tigers in the third period, Crane pounded out 22 points in the fourth to take the win, 57-41. 
 
Zalin Arritola was the leading scorer for the Mustangs with 17; also scoring in double digits were Tyler Opie and Nic Nyman, with 13 and 11 points respectively. Corbin Hammond added eight, Joe Valentine four and Nick Witzel and Blaise Schulze two apiece.
Crane went the first three quarters without shooting from the foul line, but made up for it in the fourth, making six of nine free throws.
            1    2    3    4     Final
D/M   11    7   12  11      41
Cra    15  10   10  22      57
 
In the second game, Crane took on Cove and came away with a 77-20 win. 
 
With the Mustangs outscoring the Leopards by about four to one in the early going, Crane was up 44-12 by halftime. The Mustangs outscored the Leopards 33-8 in the second half to take the victory.
 
Crane was led by Arritola, who contributed 26 points to the win, with Opie scoring 14 and N. Nyman adding 11. N. Witzel and Matt Witzel scored seven apiece, Hammond four, Schulze three and Wyatt Starbuck and Jack Bentz two apiece.
 
Crane was six of 11 from the free-throw line.
 
            1    2    3    4     Final
Cove    6    6    4    4      20
Cra    33  11  19  14      77
 
In their final game of the tournament, Crane downed McDermitt 46-31. 
 
Although the Mustangs had edged the Bulldogs out 10-4 at the end of the first, the scoring was neck and neck for the next two quarters. Coming out of the third just seven points ahead, Crane outscored McDermitt 20-12 in the fourth to seal the win.
 
Scoring 20 points for the Mustangs was Arritola, with N. Nyman contributing 11. Opie added six; Starbuck three; and N. Witzel, Hammond and Bentz two apiece.
 
            1    2    3    4     Final
McD     4    8    7  12      31
Cra    10    9    7  20      46
 
The Mustangs, 5-4, will play at Dayville on Friday, Jan. 4, and travel to Prairie City on Saturday, Jan. 5.

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