Bison place third in Christmas tournament


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Senior Clay McGill makes a break for the basket during the first game of the tournament.

Twenty teams spread out in three gyms on two different campuses vied for the first-place trophy in the tournament hosted by the Bison the week after Christmas. The event was large enough that the girls coaches and players jumped in to help with running things.

“There was so much going on,” freshman Melanie McGill said. “I had to work the concession stand and there were so many people.”

The tournament also hosted the Christmas Shootout. players in the tournament competed in the dunk and three-point contest. Senior Bryce Pauler competed in the three-point contest, while junior Rhett Kilgore competed in the dunk contest.

“I only made eight three’s,” Pauler said. “However, I did make more than I thought I would.”

The Bison swept through their first two days of games without a problem, but ran into trouble with a game against Anderson Shiro on the third day of the tournament. The Bison fell short of first and received third after a losing a close game.

“We pushed until the end,” freshman Dirk Kilgore said. “We played our hardest and that’s all that really matters.”