The boys went down to the wire again, while the girls were blown out in last Saturday’s Wyoming-Montana All-Star basketball games in Sheridan.

The Wyoming boys dropped their 16th consecutive game in the series, 95-94, at the Golden Dome. The Wyoming girls struggled in the second half and fell 89-46 on Saturday night in their seventh straight loss.

The boys from the Cowboy State got off to a good start with a 22-16 lead after the first quarter. They struggled in the second and saw Montana take a halftime lead of 44-36. Wyoming had trailed by as much as 14 in that second quarter. After the third, Montana extended to a 73-61 lead. The Cowboys State boys opened the final period with a 14-2 run and tied it at 75-75. With just under three minutes left, Wyoming was down 90-84. Tristan Bower’s three-point play and a basket by Trase Olsen got them back within 94-91. Montana’s Jesse Owens made one free throw with ten seconds left. That proved to be huge, as Olsen made a three from the corner at the buzzer, tried to draw a foul, but nothing was called and Montana survived 95-94.

Bower led the Cowboy State with 18 points. Olsen and Treyton Paxton added 16 points apiece, while Davion McAdam contributed 14 points.

Wyoming fell to 27-61 in the all-time series. They haven’t won a game versus the Treasure State since 2011.

Cheyenne East guard Erik Oliver was named Mr. Basketball for Wyoming prior to the game.

The girls from the Cowboy State got off to a good start, hung in there at halftime, but got buried in the second half in a 43-point loss. Wyoming led 17-14 after the first quarter. Despite getting outscored in the second, 19-12, the ladies from the Cowboy State only trailed 33-29 at halftime. Wyoming then scored only 17 points the rest of the game. Montana broke the game wide open with a 26-5 third quarter. They out-scored Wyoming 30-12 in the fourth.

Alexandria Trosper led the Wyoming girls with nine points. Kammie Ragsdale and Hailey Anderson added eight points each.

The Cowboys State girls saw their record in the series drop to 13-33. The last time they beat Montana was in 2016.

Trosper of Wyoming Indian was named Miss Basketball for Wyoming after the game.

Boys Game:

Montana    16   28   29   22   = 95

Wyoming   22   14   25   33   = 94

Wyoming scoring:

Tristan Bower 18

Trase Olsen 16

Treyton Paxton 16

Davion McAdam 14

Hudda Curry-Herrera 9

Lain Mitchelson 7

Erik Oliver 4

Jaren Fritz 4

Colton Larson 4

Danny Gosar 2

Girls Game:

Montana    14   19   26   30   = 89

Wyoming   17   12    5    12   = 46

Wyoming scoring:

Alexandria Trosper 9

Kammie Ragsdale 8

Hailey Anderson 8

Jennifer Aadland 7

Abby Geer 5

Kendall Wright 5

Maddie Miller 4

Noelle Peterson 0