Offense comes alive, Rebels boys defeat Wolves

Published 1:20 pm Thursday, December 14, 2017

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
The Thorsby Rebels split a home series with the Fayetteville Wolves on Dec. 12, as the varsity boys picked up a 73-37 win, while the varsity girls fell to the Wolves 35-30.

The first period of the varsity boys matchup proved to be highly competitive as Christian Fortner got things started with a basket for the Rebels, but it was answered by a three-pointer from Braxton Lash.

Cain Niece gave Thorsby a one-point lead, but another three from Lash made it a two-point Wolves lead.

Another three from Lash made it a five-point Wolves lead, while baskets from Chase Merrell and an old fashioned three-point play by Fortner tied the game at nine.

Another basket by Fortner started a 6-0 run by Thorsby, as the Rebels outscored the Wolves 10-3 in the closing minutes to take a 19-12 lead at the end of the first.

The Rebels took charge over the course of the next three periods by outscoring the Wolves two to one.

Cain Niece of Thorsby goes in for a layup against Fayetteville at home on Dec. 12. (Photos by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

The seven-point Thorsby lead remained intact through the early minutes of the second period when a basket from Caleb Matherson started a 13-0 Rebels run that aided in Thorsby ending the first half with a 40-21 lead.

The third period mirrored the second, as the Rebels outscored the Wolves three to one during the period.

Another large Thorsby run started on a basket by John Wood saw the Rebels real off another 13 in a row that extended its lead to 55-26.

Sporting a 61-28 lead at the start of the fourth period, Thorsby subbed deep into its bench while still managing to outscore the Wolves 12-9 during the period on its way to an run away victory.

Fortner led the Rebels with 25 points, 17 rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

The Rebels varsity girls squad jumped out to an early lead in the first period thanks to a three-point basket from Carlee Wyatt.

Thorsby’s Lauren Reeser blocks a shot attempt down low.

Baskets from McKinley Smith and Lindsey Wood along with a free throw from Wyatt extended the Thorsby lead to seven, but with Fayetteville ending the period on a 5-0 run, the Rebels ended the period clinging to a two-point, 8-6 lead.

Karlee Kincaid and Emily Jones made it a six-point Rebels lead in the early minutes of the second, while Wyatt later added a free throw to extend the Thorsby lead to seven.

Natalie Ritchey sank a basket for the Wolves with 3:47 to play in the second that started an 8-0 Fayetteville run that saw the second period end with the Wolves leading 18-15.

The third period of the matchup proved to be the Rebels undoing, as turnovers cost Thorsby mightily.

A single free throw was the only points to show for the Rebels during the period as, Fayetteville tacked on eight, while taking a 27-16 lead at the end of the period.

Trailing by eight midway through the final period, a three by McKinley Sanderson cut the lead to five, but that was the closest the Rebels came to the lead down the stretch, as Fayetteville hung on for the win.

Jones led the Rebels with 12 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.