Herder boys show up well but fall just short at districts

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Herder boys show up well

Pioneer Photos by Elias Baer Above, a herd of Herders band together and block a Bulldog shot during Friday’s match. Below, Dawson Laverell goes for a shot and draws a foul from Townsend.

Herder boys show up well

BELGRADE — The SGHS boys held their own in all three district games, winning one over Townsend but couldn’t quite finish the job against Three Forks and Boulder. That ended their season with a 6-15 record, which could have been a lot better with breaks here and there.

The Townsend win to open their district play on February 20 was a one-point nail-biter, 49-48 as the Herders put on a big surge in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Seniors Dawson Laverell, Braedon Stosich and Cody Stene all played well in their final performances in a Herder uniform. Against the Bulldogs, Laverell poured in 20 points. Codee Mehus added eight points, and Stene and Tristin Matzick had seven apiece for the winners.

That victory pitted the Blue and White against a tough Three Forks team. The Wolves went on to eventually take the district title. The Herders jumped to a first half lead by 26-21 but the Wolves pulled away in the second half behind the shooting of Miciah Hauser, who blistered the nets for 32 points. The final was 67-56 in favor of Three Forks.

“We played well over the weekend,” said Coach Dan Smart. “The Townsend game was back and forth and we pressed them in the fourth quarter. Hauser (from Three Forks) is one of the best players in the conference and we couldn’t stop him. We still had a shot, but they are good. Near the end, we had to foul a lot and they made a lot of those free throws.”

Against the Wolves, Matzick paced the Herder attack with 17 points, followed by Mehus with 15 and Laverell with 11. Matzick was a force on the boards, grabbing 13 rebounds.

Coach Smart believes his Herder team was better than their record showed this season. They played well in their final contest, losing by just three points to Jefferson. The score was 64-61.

The Herders started out fast and again grabbed a first half lead by 30-27 but faded in the fourth frame to fall just short. Laverell and Mehus again led the way in scoring with 16 and 14 points respectively and Matzick bagged six boards.

“We had them for a couple minutes in the fourth quarter but we couldn’t finish it up,” said Smart. “I still am happy that they played well again.”

Coach Smart has a good group coming back for next season, losing just three seniors and looking forward to a lot of returnees with experience and good classes coming up.