Tigers dehorn the Longhorns


by Ross DuBray

Photo cutline: Nate Widow goes up for one of his six three-pointers over Faith’s Caden Smiley #22. Widow finished with 32 points in the contest. Photo by Ross DuBray.

Nate Widow goes up for one of his six three-pointers over Faith’s Caden Smiley #22. Widow finished with 32 points in the contest. Photo by Ross DuBray.

Nate Widow hit three treys and brother Tate hit a three of his own in the first quarter to help push Dupree to an 18-2 start in the much-anticipated rematch between Dupree and Faith. Faith scored seven more points in the quarter as the Tigers finished the period leading 18-9. The Longhorns managed six baskets in the second quarter but the Tigers continued their offensive attack scoring 20 points, to extend their lead to seventeen at the half 38-21.

The game tempo slowed down a bit in the third quarter as both teams only scored eight points each, with Dupree maintaining their seventeen-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Widow brothers combined for all of Dupree’s 14 points in the final quarter as Dupree outscored Faith 14-12, to win by a 21 point margin 61-40.

The Tigers finished with 11 threes, outscoring Faith 33-0 from behind the line. Nate Widow finished with 32 points in the contest including six three pointers. Tate Widow finished with 9 points with three treys. Kash Deal and Creighton LeBeau finished with six points each. Trenton Pretty Weasel finished with five and Dayton Spiel finished with two. The Tigers’ defense held Longhorn high scorer Cody Trainor to six points. Reggie Rhoden led Faith with 19 points. In the JV game, Dupree lost to the Longhorns 35-27.

“We played a good game,” said Head Coach Jim Hood. “Our defense let up a little in the second half, but we held them.”

The Tigers possibly will face the Longhorns again this Saturday, if both team end up in the championship match of the Little Moreau Conference tournament. Faith and Harding County will likely battle in the semifinal match for the west teams. Faith beat Harding County by only one point in their regular season match. The first two rounds of the east team bracket will be played in Dupree on Thursday night with McIntosh and Timber Lake playing the first game at 6 p.m., and the Tigers playing Tiospaye Topa at 7:30 p.m. The west teams will play in Lemmon with Harding County paired with Bison in the first match and Faith playing Lemmon in the second. All the action will move to Lemmon on Saturday for the championship and consolation rounds.

Dupree (10-1) 18 38 46 60

Faith (10-1) 9 21 29 41

Dupree: Kash Deal 3 0-2 6, Tate Widow 3 0-0 9, Trenton Pretty Weasel 2 0-0 5, Nate Widow 11 4-5 32, Dayton Spiel 1 0-2 2, Creighton LeBeau 2 1-2 6. Totals 22 5-11 60.Faith: Jarius Halligan 3 0-0 6, Reggie Rhoden 8 3-5 19, Cody Bernstein 2 0-0 4, Drew Vance 2 0-0 4, Cody Trainor 3 2-6 8, Josh Afdahl 0 1-2 1, Caden Smiley 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 5-11 41. 3-point field goals: Dupree 11 (N. Widow 6, N. Widow 3, LeBeau, Pretty Weasel), Faith 0. Total fouls: Faith 11; Dupree 15. Rebounds: Faith 21 (Rhoden 8, Trainor 8); Dupree 21 (T. Widow 6, Pretty Weasel 6). Turnovers: Faith 19; Dupree 14. Assists: Faith 14 (Trainor 10); Dupree 9.

Jones County

Nate Widow and Kash Deal combined for 63 of Dupree’s 82 points on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers hosted and beat the Jones County Coyotes 82-73. Widow finished the game with 37 points and six rebounds, Deal put up 26 points in the contest.

“Nate and Kash played a real good game,” said Coach Hood. “Trenton (Pretty Weasel) did a good job on defense.”

Connor Venard led the Coyotes with 30 points and Gus Volmer added 14 points. The Tigers’ JV squad lost 30-33.

The nine-point margin was the closest any team has come to Dupree in Dupree’s eleven victories. “They are a good team,” said Hood. “They are going to win some games.”

Dupree (11-1) 26 42 60 82

Jones Co. (10-5) 13 31 45 73

Dupree: Kash Deal 12 2-3 26, Tate Widow 2 0-1 4, Trenton Pretty Weasel 1 4-6 6, Nate Widow 15 6-8 37, Hosteen Rave 1 0-0 2, Creighton LeBeau 2 3-3 7. Totals 33 15-21 82.Jones County: Philip Mathews 3 0-0 6, Wyatt Hespe 3 0-0 8, Gus Volmer 6 2-3 14, Jackson Volmer 4 3-4 11, Conor Venard 13 4-4 30, Wyatt Weber 0 2-2 2, Skyler Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals 30 11-13 73.

Three-point field goals: Dupree 1 (N. Widow), Jones County 2 (Hespe). Total fouls: Dupree 16, Jones County 21. Rebounds: Dupree 16. Turnovers: Dupree 15, Jones County 29.