By ERIN JUSSEAUME
Clark Fork Valley Press
The Plains Horsemen looked to have hit a good stride after the holiday season when they matched up against the St. Regis Tigers on a home court last week.
The boys varsity side took to the courts in front of a near packed gymnasium, and from tip off the boys worked as one team not so much as individuals as seen in the past.
Some of the biggest changes that were noted, were how the boys continued to look for prime opportunities in passing and reading their ‘team mates’ to anticipate where a prime position for shooting would be.
After a week of ‘down time’ due to the Christmas break, it would seem that it was a different team on the courts.
The Horsemen were a stark contrast to that seen before the break. Seniors on the team looked to lead the way for the younger players as they had quicker change overs using strengths where needed.
Coach Mike Cole could be seen to be inspiring players to give more than what they thought they had from the side lines.
The Plains High School team seemed to have brought it together for the home game to set strong goals as the season gets back into full swing.
Both the Plains Horsemen and Trotters Varsity sides came away with strong wins on the home court.
Now it will beg to see if the domination grit and finesse will continue with more games ahead.
Horsemen final statistics from the St. Regis match:
Plains 27, 22, 3, 10 - 62
St. Regis 0, 1, 2, 2 - 5
Plains baskets; Tanner Ovitt 6, Kyle Weeks 6, Wyatt Weyers 8, Treydon Brouillette 2, Matt McCracken 2, Sinjin Ledeaux 3, Jake Weyers 2, Jay Vonheeder 14, Esvin Reyes 4, Derick Curry 15.
Trotters final statistics from the St. Regis match:
Plains 8, 9, 13, 23 – 50
St. Regis 17, 15, 5, 11 – 48
Plains baskets; Lindsay Laws 12, Haley Josephson 9, Natalee Deschamps 6, Rachel Huenik 4, Kara Altmiller 4, Jessica Thompson 15 plus 12 rebounds.
Thompson Falls Hawks final statistics from the Eureka match:
T. Falls 17, 22, 23, 12 - 74
Eureka 5, 12, 18, 11 - 45
Hawks baskets; Payton Frields 20, Nate Thibeault 17, Danny Hoisington 11, Dylan Beckman 9, Grant Lundberg 8, Michael Johnson 7, Ryan Schroeder 2.
Plains Horsemen final statistics from Hot Springs Savage Heat match:
Plains 9, 16, 19, 25 - 69
H. Springs 2, 11, 6, 6 -25
Horsemen baskets; Matt McCracken 12, Tanner Ovitt 12, Sinjin La Deaux 11, Jay VonHeeder 8, Derick Curry 11, Esvin Reyes 2, Treydon Brouillette 5, Kyle Weeks 8.
Savage Heat baskets; Tyler Carr 9, Justin Salmi 7, Brandon Knudsen 2. Luke W. 7.
Noxon Devils final statistics from Arlee Warriors match:
Noxon 4, 9, 3, 3 - 19
Arlee 24, 19, 15, 12 - 69
Devil baskets; Logan Wood 3, Ethan Hinrichsen 1, Rylan Weltz 2, Alex Currie 6, Levi Brubaker 7.