by marlys good
After a lack-luster game against Rocky Mountain in Cowley Friday night, when they got their heads handed to them by the Lady Griz, 42-26, the Lady Buffs came alive and gave the Big Horn Lady Rams all they wanted and a little bit more before bowing out 51-41 Saturday on the home court.
Against Big Horn, Kirbi Anderson played as well as she has all year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and getting three steals.
Coach Marty Wrage said, “Kirbi played well. We tried to set her up, and the other girls did a good job getting the ball up court and getting it into her. She really was an inspiration for us to play well.”
Big Horn, which lost to highly ranked Tongue River by one point Friday night, had to dig deep to stave off the Buffs and finally pulled it off from the free-throw line where they hit 29 of 43 attempts.
The Buffs shot well from the field, 42.4 percent, but made just 13 of 31 from the charity stripe.
With Anderson, Jessica Hunt and McKenna Powers disqualified by fouls, the reserves had to step it up and step it up they did.
“We were tested, getting a little thin, but the players off the bench did a nice job all weekend,” Wrage said. “Our swing players play six quarters every night, they have all year, and with that experience, it is a lot easier to play them. Some bench players have turned from bench to starters and they fit right in quickly. They have played a lot of minutes.”
Rocky Mountain outscored the Buffs in the first half, 18-11, and in the third quarter, 16-10, to take the important conference win Friday. Looking to find positives in the loss, Coach Wrage said the team took an unprecedented 58 shots from the field; unfortunately they connected on just 12.
“W got lots of shots, shots where we wanted them, lots of opportunities. The problem was we missed them – in the lane, on the wing, bank shots. It was frustrating for the girls and it was frustrating to watch.”
Wrage admitted “it is pretty hard to stay positive when you are playing good defense, making it tough for the opponent, getting a lot of shots, and getting rebounds (and still lose)…the best thing is we bounced back and played well Saturday.”
Greybull hosts Tongue River Friday in at 5:30. Wrage said “we are going to prepare this week to play next week (in the Class 2A West Regional pigtail game versus Riverside). We’ll use what we need and get ready for Monday’s game.”
Fans are reminded that the pigtail game is considered part of the regional and there will be an admission charge.
Friday is senior night. Honored will be Alex Powers (out for the season with an injured knee), Kirbi Anderson, Jessica Hunt, Lindsay Kern and Soila Hernandez.
Greybull 6 5 5 10 – 26
Rocky Mt. 8 10 8 16 – 42
GREYBULL — Michaela Denniston 4, Jessica Hunt 6, Ceirra Carlson 5, Kirbi Anderson 5, Brett Stephens 4, McKenna Powers 2. Totals 12-58 2-12 26.
REBOUNDS – Greybull 32 (Denniston 9, Carlson 8). ASSISTS – Greybull 7. STEALS – Greybull 6 (Hunt 3). TURNOVERS – Greybull 15.
Greybull 5 10 13 13 – 41
Big Horn 12 14 11 14 – 51
GREYBULL – Anderson 18, Denniston 7, Carlson 8, Powers 2, Jordan Kraft 2, Lindsay Kern 2, Jessica Hunt 2. Totals 14-36 13-31 41.
REBOUNDS – Greybull 23 (Anderson 7). ASSISTS – Greybull 9 (Hunt 3). STEALS – Greybull 12 (Hunt 4). TURNOVERS – Greybull 21.