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Cowboys Earn Divisional Berth

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Culbertson’s Ethan Hendrickson (34) goes up for a shot during the Cowboys 69-65 win over Circle at the district tournament in Sidney, Saturday, Feb. 21.
(Photo by Bill Vander Weele/Sidney Herald)

Culbertson’s Chris and Michael Azure savor the moment with the 2C District third place basketball trophy.    (Photo by Laura Christofferson)

Being down by 10 points with less than three minutes remaining, Michael Azure led the Culbertson Cowboys to a 69-65 victory over Circle Saturday afternoon. The victory earned the Cowboys a divisional berth.
M. Azure finished the game with 37 points including 17 points during the game’s final 2:37, which the Cowboys entered down 59-49.
Chris Azure, a starting junior, said the Culbertson team kept playing with confidence despite the deficit. “We stayed together and stayed positive,” C. Azure said. “And our coach [Cody Steppler] really stressed to us to keep fighting and not to give up.”
The comeback started with M. Azure hitting two free throws and then firing in a three-pointer. Another three-pointer by the senior closed the margin to 59-57 with 1:27 remaining.
Circle responded with two free throws by Jay Clinton, but another long shot by M. Azure put the Cowboys down only 61-60 with still 1:12 remaining. After a steal, M. Azure tied the contest, 61-61, with a free throw with 49 seconds left.
Culbertson grabbed the lead when M. Azure accounted for another steal and layup with 33 seconds remaining. The free-throw shooting of Bryce Loudon, who finished with 35 points, kept the Wildcats close. One of his free throws cut the gap to 64-63 with 15 seconds left. M. Azure hit four free throws and Loudon made two as Culbertson led 68-65 with nine seconds remaining.
The Wildcats, however, then committed a turnover, and the scoring was wrapped up on a free throw by Adam Buxbaum.
Besides M. Azure, also reaching double figures for Culbertson were C. Azure with 13 and Buxbaum with 11 points. Also scoring were Ethan Henrickson with six and Tristan Sun Rhodes with two. M. Azure finished with 12 rebounds.
Top scorers for Circle were Loudon with 35, Clinton with 14 and Jonathan Cornelia with 11. Matt Lamson added five points. Cornelia finished with 11 rebounds.
Loudon scored 20 points in the first half to lead Circle to a 32-30 advantage. The Wildcats then outscored Culbertson by a 15-9 margin in the third quarter for a 47-39 advantage.

CHS Basketball And Senior Night

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Redhawks Seeded Fifth

The Lady Redhawks have completed their regular season with a conference record of 7 wins and 9 losses, putting them in fourth place.
Ahead of them in the tournament are Fairview, Circle,and MonDak. The Redhawks are led by junior Abbie Deubner, who is averaging roughly 14 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Headed into the district tournament in Sidney, the conference is basically even across the nine teams.
The Red Hawks opened their tournament with fifth ranked Savage on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Culbertson And Bainville Hoop Highlights

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CHS Hoops Highlighted

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Photos by Laura Christoffersen


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