Six Seniors ended their career at HSCHS Monday night; Heartbreaking end of the season for the Bobcats

*Feature Photo: Head Thermopolis Coach Kevin Gerber gives instruction to his team in the 4th quarter of the Cats three point loss to Riverside in Monday night's Pigtail game at HDCHS (Pitchengine Communities) * (Thermopolis, Wyo.) - It was a heartbreaking loss for the Thermopolis Bobcats Monday night when the Riverside Rebels nipped the home team 55-52 in a pigtail game of the West Regional Class 2A Basketball Tournament. Riverside moves on to play top ranked Wind River Thursday afternoon in Riverton at 4 p.m. After falling behind by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Cats stormed back closing the margin to one point in the final two minutes, but were unable to grab the lead. as the scrappy Rebels, a team Thermopolis had beaten three previous times, the last time only three days ago, answered every score. [image: Inline image 2] *The Cats' Noah Schwalbe scores on a layup for two of his 18 points in Monday's loss against Riverside. (pitchengine Communities) * The game was the finale for the Bobcat Seniors, who played their last game on the HSCHS hardwood. Senior players who ended their career are Grant Byrd, Dominic Jensen, Tyler Cornwell, Michael Meier, Cameron Igou and Eric Herold. Noah Schwalbe hit for 18 for the Cats, while Hudson Roling added 17 as the only Thermopolis players in double figures. Roling nearly single-handledly brought the Cats back, hitting 14 of his 17 points in the final quarter, including two huge three pointers. The Rebels Ethan Sherburne led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Brian Vigil with 17. It was Vigil who drove a stake through the Cats heart in the fourth period, hitting two huge buckets and four free thows, denying the Thermopolis comeback. [image: Inline image 1] *Riverside's Ethan Sherburne goes up for two of his 20 points as Bobcats Michael Meier and Cameron Igou defend. (Pitchengine Communities) * Despite two starters fouling out, Justin Roussan and Scott Anderson, the Rebel bench responded and held off the Cats. The game was tied after one period at 14, but the Rebels grabbed the lead for good in the second quarter and led by five at half, 26-21. At the end of three the Rebels held a 38-28 lead before the Cats mounted their furious comeback that fell just short. [image: Inline image 3] *Thermopolis students were boistrous in their support of their Cats Monday night with many coordinated cheers and encouragement. (Pitchengine Communities) * *[image: Inline image 4]* *Dominick Jensen got a steal and a layup on a fast break Monday night during the second quarter. (Pitchengine Communities) * *#springcity #news *