Park cruises past Big Timber, 65-49

By: 
Neil Patrick Healy
A 21-8 run in the third quarter was enough for the Park High Rangers to turn a tight first half into a 65-49 win versus the Big Timber Sheepherders Tuesday, making it Park’s fifth win of the last six games. 
 
The Rangers capped off a solid first quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers by seniors Rydell Floyd and Jakim Ricketts to take a 16-8 lead. The two teams chipped away at each other for the entirety of the second quarter, with Park taking a 29-22 lead into halftime. 
 
After both teams struggled on offense in the early minutes out of halftime, Park changed gears and churned out an impressive 21-8 run that was punctuated by two more 3-pointers by Floyd to put Park up 52-30 at the end of the third quarter. 
 
“We did a much better job of taking away Big Timber’s strengths in the third,” said Park head coach Laybe Glaus. “This led to some easy scores in transition. When the defense was set ,the player movement and ball movement unloaded their defense and got us some easy looks.”
 
Park’s offense, utilizing good ball movement in the second half, continued to pour it on, reaching a season-high in points scored with 65. Three Rangers reached double figures, with Floyd notching a season-high 19. 
 
“Our guys were doing a great job of moving the ball and making purposeful off ball movement,” Glaus said. “Rydell was the beneficiary of good team offense and would be the first to tell you that. With that, he did a great job of recognizing the right shots within the offense and taking them in rhythm.” 
 
Ricketts was right behind him with 15, while junior John Waddell added 12. Waddell, who normally isn’t looked to for scoring, was one of the main benefactors of the offensive unit hitting on all cylinders. 
 
“When we get quick reversals it opens up lanes for our guys to drive,” Glaus said. “John, being one of our best attackers and finishers, was taking advantage of this tonight.”
 
Sophomore Brandon Johnson was just shy of double-digit points with nine, seven of which came in the second half. 
 
Senior center Austin Parker, who had missed seven games to a broken wrist suffered during football season, played sparingly versus Butte Central Saturday and made his home debut versus Big Timber Tuesday. In limited minutes, Parker put up four points, and Glaus is said he is excited to have him back.
 
“He had a great game,” Glaus said. “He gives us a physical presence in the paint and some much needed help on the boards. Most importantly, he adds to our on-court leadership and keeps us accountable on ‘doing simple better.’” 
 
The Rangers enter the heart of their schedule with a home game Saturday against Fergus. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
 

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