By JOSH SAMUELSON
Star Sports Editor
The Custer County District High School Cowboy basketball team returned from the long winter break with a pair of tough losses over the weekend.
On Friday night, the Cowboys lost to a good AA Billings Senior team 72-58 and then the Cowboys hung around with Eastern A leader Glendive before falling 57-48.
With the losses, the Cowboys dropped to 1-3 overall on the season and 1-2 in the Eastern A. They are in Laurel tomorrow night and will be in Billings against Billings Central on Saturday.
Senior 72, Cowboys 58
Billings Senior took control of the game early, outscoring the Cowboys 27-13 in the first quarter. But, the Cowboys played tough the rest of the way.
The Cowboys cut the deficit to nine, 43-34, at halftime. But that was as close as the Cowboys would get, with Senior outscoring them 29-24 in the second half.
The Cowboys were plagued by 19 turnovers and were outrebounded 41-32.
Brac Warren, Brett Keith and Gavin Gundlach led the Cowboys. Warren had 17, Keith had 15 and Gundlach scored 13 in the loss.
Kooper Kidgell had 26 and Eli Caekaert added 13 to lead the Broncs.
Glendive 57, Cowboys 48
The Cowboys and Red Devils played a back-and-forth game until the Red Devils pulled away for the nine point win.
In the first half alone, there were six ties and six lead changes. Every time one team looked to take control, the other had an answer.
Junior Timmy Regan, making his season debut, had 11 of the Cowboys 21 points in the first half, leading them to a 21-20 lead at the break.
The lead changed hands four more times early in the third quarter before Glendive went on a 6-0 run that gave them a 32-26 lead, the biggest for either team to that point.
Regan answered with a basket and a Warren three cut the score to 32-31. Warren followed a Glendive turnover with a basket, giving the Cowboys the 33-32 lead. But Glendive hit a pair of threes in the final minutes to give the Red Devils a 38-33 lead going into the fourth.
The Cowboys cut the score to as few as four in the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils steadily pulled away at the free throw line.
The Cowboys had a rough night shooting, hitting 31 percent of their field goals and only 46 percent of their free throws.
Glendive was a solid 75 percent from the free throw line and held a slight 44-39 edge in rebounds.
Regan led the Cowboys with 19 points in his debut. Warren chipped in with 12.
Billings Senior 72, Miles City 58
MC 13 21 11 13 - 58
BS 27 16 14 15 - 72
Miles City (1-2, 1-1)- Gavin Gundlach 13, Austin Stradley 1, Brett Keith 16, Kyle Collins 4, Brac Warren 17, Lane Woosley 2, Connor Torstenbo 3, Troy Burk 2.
Billings Senior (4-1)- Jory Egland 8, Quinn Abdallah 8, Justin Dreesen 4, Joe Zimmer 4, Nickos Vlahos 5, Kooper Kidgell 26, Mac Turner 2, Bo Thomas 2, Eli Caekaert 13.
Glendive 57, Miles City 48
Glen 8 12 18 19 - 57
MC 10 11 12 15 - 48
Miles City (1-3, 1-2)- Gavin Gundlach 1, Timmy Regan 18, Austin Stradley 4, Brett Keith 6, Brac Warren 12, Lane Woosley 4, Connor Torstenbo 2.
Glendive (4-0, 2-0)- McPherson 6, Schwartz 8, Schwartz 3, Bachmeier 15, Orcutt 2, Boehning 14, Asche 9.