Gardiner boys roll past Shields Valley

Neil Patrick Healy
The Gardiner boys had an explosive first half on offense Thursday that had them up 48-18 over the Shields Valley Rebels, and that was enough for the Bruins to cruise to an easy 76-27 win. 
It didn’t take long for the Bruins to get things rolling, going on an early 9-0 run where they scored on four of the first five possessions of the game. Gardiner ended the first quarter up 24-10 and was able to keep it up through the rest of the first half, going into halftime up 30. Luke Stermitz led all first-half scorers with 10 points, while Baxter Fuhrmann and Sean Rehmer had eight apiece. 
The second half saw Gardiner ease up on offense, but still clamp down on Shields Valley on defense, holding the Rebels to nine total points. The Rebels only had one player score in double figures, with Sage McMinn scoring 11. 
The Bruins spread the wealth scoring-wise, with three players scoring in double figures and two more score eight. Luke and Bryson Stermitz had 14 and 12, respectively, while Rehmer had 11. 
Gardiner continues to roll through the regular season, posting an 11-1 record and a 5-1 record in conference play to sit comfortably at second place in the District 11C standings. Shields Valley continues to struggle, falling to 1-10 overall, 0-6 in conference and occupying the last-place spot in the standings. 
Gardiner and Shields Valley both play West Yellowstone this weekend, with Shields Valley hosting Friday and Gardiner traveling down to West Yellowstone Saturday.