MOUNTAIN VIEW – The regular season wound down for the Wrangler boys' basketball team with a match against Mountain View on Feb. 26. Pinedale's young squad put up a fight, particularly in the second quarter, but was ultimately outmaneuvered by Mountain View’s experienced, senior-stacked starting lineup.
Despite the 71-25 loss, head coach Marcus Helland praised the team’s efforts against a tough opponent.
“We saw some great things on Friday at Mountain View,” he said. “I thought we passed the ball really well at times and attacked the press the correct way, which led to scoring opportunities. We struggled to be consistent at those things, which has been the story all year with a young team. We look forward to playing them again at regionals with some adjustments and refocus.”
Pinedale played Mountain View on Thursday, March 4, in the opening round of the 3A Southwest Quadrant Regional Tournament in Lyman. Results were not available at press time.
Pinedale got in some good defensive shots against Mountain View on Feb. 26. Junior Jackson Harber pulled off a steal early in the first quarter. Fellow junior Gaige Zook tipped the ball away from Mountain View and passed to freshman Jayce Ramage.
Josh Gosar, a freshman, followed up with Pinedale’s first basket inside the paint. Freshman Owen McMillen dropped in a deep 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter.
The Wranglers managed to answer Mountain View point by point in the second quarter, with both teams shooting in 13 points.
Junior Colby Bailey tossed in a 2-pointer. Harber pulled off another steal, followed by a deep 3-pointer by Gosar.
Zook forced a turnover with a steal and added a 2-pointer to the tally. Gosar and Harber both scored a 2-pointer. Bailey caught a pair of rebounds, the last one setting Gosar up for another 2-pointer.
Bailey and Harber caught several rebounds at the beginning of the second half. Ramage got to the charity stripe and made a free throw. Pressure by Ramage forced Mountain View to lose the ball. McMillen scored a pair of 3-pointers late in the third quarter.