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Cowboys Fall at Rock Creek

Trent Sanchez - December 6, 2017 10:47 am

The Abilene High School basketball teams traveled for the first time on the season Tuesday night to Rock Creek.  The Cowgirls moved to 2-0 in the season with a 52-31 victory over the Lady Mustangs but the Cowboys fell for the first time this season 70-52.

The boy’s game featured two programs that went to state in their respective classes last season.  Abilene finished 3rd in 4A Division I, while Rock Creek lost in their first game of the 4A Division II tournament to Hayden.  It was the fourth straight trip to state for Jim Johnston’s program.  The Mustangs brought back two starters from that team in 6’1” Senior Carson Zenger and 6’2” Senior Martin Vogts.  The two didn’t disappoint Tuesday night for the #6 Mustangs.  Zenger led all scorers with 21 points on the night while Vogts finished with 13.

Abilene got off to a quick start as they lead 20-19 at the end of the first quarter but that would be their last lead of the game.  Martin Vogts scored the first four points of the second quarter and the Mustangs would grab the lead for good as they took a 23-20 advantage with 6:29 to go in the half.  Rock Creek would lead by as much as 11 in the second quarter and took a 41-35 lead into the half. 

Abilene’s lone returning starter on the team Tucker Robinson was dominant in their opening victory over Smoky Valley with 19 points and 15 rebounds.  He had 9 points in the first half against the Mustangs but got into foul trouble in the second half and was hardly on the floor.  Robinson fouled out of the game with 5:12 to play. Without his presence on the floor Rock Creek would pull away in the second half on their way to an 18 point victory.  The Cowboys had three players finish with 11 points on the night Robinson, Noah Wildman and Parker Gentry.

In the first game of the night the Abilene Cowgirls continued their mastery of Rock Creek as they beat them for a 7th straight time.  The Cowgirls lead just 9-8 at the end of the first quarter but stretched lead out to 20-12 at halftime and would lead by as many as 22 in the second half.  Abilene was led in scoring by Junior Hannah Willey who finished with 16 and Sydney Burton who finished with 15.

Abilene will return home Friday night to host Augusta.  Tipoff time for the girls game will be at 6 pm.

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