Schwers, Finn lead SGHS past Whitehall, 57-46

Sixteen is better than 45. 

That’s the message preached to the boys’ basketball team’s defense after they held the district’s leading scorer in Max Feight to just 16 points during its 57-46 win in Big Timber on Jan. 26. Earlier this year, in an overtime victory, Feight dropped 45 on the Herders.

In fact, the Trojans (9-5, 3-5 District 5) don two of the top four leading scorers in the district. With Feight leading the way with 353 points this season, teammate Wyatt Alexander is fourth with 233; he had just 11 points in their loss Friday night.

PHOTO: SGHS stymies Whitehall attack

It was, without much contest, one of the truer defensive efforts by the Herders (9-5, 6-2 District 5) this season. And with depth and experience being a pivotal hinge on the season this year, Sweet Grass County High School broke out into a staunchly different defense that stymied the Trojans. 

“I’ll tell ya, 16 is a lot better than 45,” said SGHS head coach Dan Smart. “We tried a triangle and two [defense], with putting the two guys on top. That seemed to help, especially with [Feight] bringing the ball down the court. Why they didn’t switch it around, I don’t know. But I’m glad they didn’t.”

The vocal and visual frustration was omnipresent in the first half, as the Trojan defense seemed to take away the Herders’ inside game. Big man Ethan Bullock tallied just six total points all night, while the Herders missed Jacob Roberts, out with a broken nose for the evening. 

Shayden King stepped in and had one of his best games of the season, with six points and four rebounds — three offensive. He provided the size down low and hit baskets at crucial moments, it seemed. 

“Shayden came in and did a good job for us,” Smart said. “He’s getting there. This is only his sixth game, so he’s right about where everybody else was at Christmas. Playing him a couple quarters in JV helps speed up the process a little more.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Kell Schwers (24) goes up against Whitehall’s Cade Briggs (22) during the first half of the contest in Big Timber on Jan. 26. Schwers finished with 18 points in the win. (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)




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