By Jessie Schirrick and Calvin Connors Posted March 1, 2012
Lowry won the Nevada State 3A basketball championship against Elko, Winnemucca’s arch-nemesis.
The final score was 52-48, with Lowry leading the entire game. Tytus Millikan was the player of the game.
“I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I think it’s great that even when the odds were stacked against us, we came out on top,” said Josh Shaver.
This victory is significant because the Bucks lost twice to Elko in the past. The game took place at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada and broadcast on PBS.
Lowry had a solid 29 points in the first half of the game with Elko at 19 but the Bucks nearly lost their game in the second half when they only scored 23 against Elko’s 29. The two top players were out of the game in the second quarter due to fouls. The work done by the fans was not forgotten.
“We really couldn’t have done this without the devotion and support of all the fans, cheerleaders, dancers, and band members that came out to watch us and cheer us on,” said Jordan Rinas.
It is true that hundreds of Lowry students and Winnemucca citizens joined the varsity basketball team in Reno to show their pride.
“We stayed strong. We didn’t let any of it get to us,” said Jesse Studebaker.
Studebaker managed to sink a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to put Lowry up four and seal the victory.
By the looks of it, Lowry may not have to wait 10 years for its next championship.