The Outlaw boys came into their own Feb. 2-3, notching two consecutive wins on their six-shooters while the girls defeated Elgin but fell to 27th-ranked Union.
The boys knocked the Huskies into the doghouse with a 54-45 win that saw a dead-even first half at 22. Second half, the Outlaws began to pull away leading by as much as 13, 43-30, by the end of the third quarter. The Huskies pulled to within six points in the final period, but the Outlaws had them fully collared at the buzzer.
Brett Greenshields had an amazing game. Literally unstoppable, he fired in 18 points for the Outlaws while point guard Trent Walker notched 10 and Rylie Hayward dropped in for nine.
The following day saw the boys win a 66-64 shootout with Union behind the stellar shooting of Jimmy Wells with 27 points. Greenshields played another outstanding game, nailing the bucket for 15 points while Walker donated 14 to the Outlaw cause.
“It was a real shootout,” Coach Larry Wells said. “We’re not used to being north of 45 or 50 points.”
He also noted that Union put up a stiff struggle with one of its players scoring 35 against the Outlaws’ generally stellar defense.
“You could tell by the way they celebrated down court that it doesn’t happen all that often,” Wells said of the Bobcats. He estimated that Union shot above 60 percent from the three-point zone in the first half.
The boys have a 2-4 league record and currently hold fourth place.
The ladies had a tough time putting the Huskies away despite strong performances from Ashlyn and Riley Gray, who both shot at least 50 percent from the floor while the combined team effort showed only 33 percent from the floor.
Some of that can be explained by lackadaisical shooting efforts, but the girls also fell prey to, and were frustrated by, questionable officiating, judging by the crowd’s reaction. Elgin scored 18 of their points on free throws, of which they were awarded 35 on 22 fouls charged to the Outlaws.
EHS was awarded only four. An Enterprise player was charged with a foul on nearly every Elgin possession.
Nonetheless, the girls kept their nose to the grindstone and their far superior talent allowed them to win the game going away, 52-44.
“To win the game while Elgin had such an edge in free throws is really an accomplishment,” said coach Mike Crawford.
To show the disparity, the Eagles made more than 20 shots from the field while Elgin had only 11.
The Feb. 3 game against Union saw the probably exhausted Outlaws team go down in what appears a snoozefest, 35-28. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, according to the stats.
“I’m a lot surprised,” Crawford said. “It was not a very good outing for us. You have to make shots to win games.”
The team only shot 22 percent from the field with Karli Bedard leading the way with eight points and 43 percent shooting. Her nearest Outlaw competitor shot only 33 percent. “It wasn’t our day, but I’m betting we’ll bounce back,” Crawford said.
Riley Gray and Gracie Carlsen added seven points each to the Outlaws total. The ladies are still in second place with a 9-3 league record.