CCHS girls, boys victorious at Colorado basketball tournament

Left, freshman Lauren Kuhbacher drives the bucket. Right, senior Jason Fink defends the paint with a blocked shot. (Photos courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

The Campbell County High School varsity basketball teams traveled to Colorado over the weekend in search of some stellar competition. They found plenty of it as both groups won and lost but came away from the tourney with valuable experience at the annual Power2PlaySports Basketball Tournament.

Campbell County girls

CCHS sophomore Cami Curtis takes on a defender in the lane as she seeks a bucket. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

The Camels (3-4) found a little bit of momentum during their trip to Windsor, Colorado over the weekend. They used several impressive performances on their young roster to go 2-2 for the three-day tournament.

Campbell County wrapped up the tournament with a solid performance against Resurrection Christian High School of Loveland, Colo. The game was tied after three periods and that’s when CCHS went to work as it outscored the Bandits 23-12 in the final quarter to chalk up a 72-61 victory.

The event finale was a thrilling two hours of basketball. CCHS junior Madison Robertson nailed a deep three-pointer to make it 5-0 early in a contest that was back and forth throughout.

Campbell County used its stingy defense early on to preserve a 20-12 lead. Both teams found offensive success in the second stanza and that was just enough for Resurrection Christian to chip away at the deficit but the Camels managed to carry a 36-30 lead into halftime.

The Bandits did not let the intermission slow them down. They created some defensive problems for CCHS early in the third period as they tied the game at 46 and the took the lead with a three pointer.

Campbell County didn’t back down from the challenge. The group reclaimed the lead and kept in in the fourth quarter.

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The Camels finished the game with 20 steals, 12 more than RCHS, and beat the Bandits on the boards with 36 rebounds, six more than Resurrection Christian.

In putting a successful finish to the tournament, junior Millie Riss led all scorers with 19 points and seven boards while 6-foot-2 freshman forward Maddie Jacobson dished out 10 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five blocks.

Also finishing in double-digit scoring were Robertson with 13 points and freshman Lauren Kuhbacher with a dozen.

Campbell County’s other successful trip on the court was a 67-34 victory against Overland High School of Aurora, Colo. Robertson was the scoring leading with a game-high 22 points, with Riss sinking another 13 of her own.

In the two defeats earlier in the tournament, the Camels came up a tad short against Lutheran High School of Parker, Colo. in a 57-48 setback and fell to Real Salt Lake Academy of Herriman, Utah 80-50. Erika Martinez, Mykhia Dymond, Alexis Reimer, Kuhbacher, Jacobson, Julia Sarvey, Robertson and Riss were the statistical leaders of those games.

Both boys’ and girls’ teams will enjoy the holiday break before heading back out of state again for some tough competition in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Dec. 28-30.

Campbell County boys

Senior Logan Dymond shows his quickness as he drives the lane for the Camels. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

The group managed one game less than the girls in the tournament. The boys went 1-2 for the event and the lone victory came in less than two quarters of play.

The Camels (3-3) were pulling away 32-10 in the second period against Sheridan High School of Englewood, Colo. when the Rams refused to finish the game. SHS coaching staff voiced concern over seeing some CCHS players coughing, citing player health concerns.

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Before raising that concern, the Camels were in the midst of a rout as nine players had scored in the first half alone. Freshman Mason Drube was leading the way with nine points, two more than senior Jason Fink with seven. Seniors Austin Crimm, Logan Dymond and Jace Walter all had four points each, while juniors Kody Kline and Nash Lutgen has two apiece.

The tournament opened for CCHS with a 65-45 setback against Severance High School of Severance, Colo. It was a fight through the opening period where the Silver Knights clinged to a slim 17-13 advantage.

The middle quarters were tough on the Camels and that made the difference. They were held to 11 points in the second frame where SHS built a 35-24 halftime lead. CCHS scored a game-low nine points in the third and that was too much to overcome.

Leading Campbell County in the opening game was freshman Rylan Robertson with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Dymond added eight points and Crimm posted seven. Also scoring were junior Kody Kline and Drube with five points each, freshman Jeffrey Pelton and Fink with three each and Walter with two.

The Camels toughest game of the trip provided the team with some valuable experience. They came up short, 74-24, against Fossil Ridge High School of Fort Collins, Colo., one of the top five-ranked teams in its state.

The SaberCat defense was tenacious and held CCHS to four points in first period and one in the fourth. The Camels had their limited offensive success in the middle quarters.

Fink was the offensive leader for Campbell County with nine points. Dymond tallied five points, followed by three by Robertson and Drube, two via Crimm and one by Lutgen and Kline.