by marlys good
The Tongue River Lady Eagles are the top-ranked 2A team in the state and Saturday they showed they deserve the rank when they completely dismantled the Lady Buffs in a lopsided 61-17 game that left the Buffs, coaches and fans, reeling.
“Well, it wasn’t the outing we were hoping for,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “They are definitely the best team in the state, but we shouldn’t have lost that badly.”
The Lady Buff offense sputtered and almost died for the third straight game. The lid hasn’t come off the basket since it went on during the Rocky Mountain game in Cowley Jan. 17.
“We are definitely in a slump on offense right now” Hunt said. “The girls are still working hard; we just aren’t shooting well.”
Saturday the Lady Buffs hit just 8 of 44 from the line and their top scorers, Ceirra Carlson and Brett Stephens, were held to just two points each.
The Eagles, meanwhile, shot 45 percent from two-point range and 55 percent from beyond the arc.
Hunt said the team will forget Saturday’s loss, “work a bunch on shooting and get refocused on our season goals” this week.
The Lady Buffs are in Basin tonight (Thursday, Jan. 31) for a rematch with the Lady Rebels at 5:30, travel to Lovell Friday for a 5:30 p.m. rematch with the Lady Bulldogs, and host Wyoming Indian Saturday in games at noon and 1:30 p.m.
Greybull’s only conference win was a relatively easy one against Riverside on Jan. 11, but that is no indicator of what will happen this time around.
The Rebel duo of Cydnie Clark and Brittany Vigil is hard to contain. The Buffs managed it last time, but it probably won’t be easy to do it twice in a row. Anything can happen when the rivals go head to head.
Lovell tops the conference, and had an easy time with Greybull when they played Jan. 4. WIHS is hard to prepare for with its unorthodox method of play.
Hunt just hopes the lid is off the basket. “We’ll just take them one at a time and try to get our game back on track. The best part of working with these girls is they come out and work hard every day to get where we need to be.”
Greybull 9 0 6 2 – 17
Tongue R. 18 15 18 10 – 61
GREYBULL — Michaela Denniston 2 1-2 5, Georgi Hall 2 0-1 4, Ceirra Carlson 1 0-3 2, Biri Gallegos 2 0-1 4, Brett Stephens 1 0-0 2. Totals 8-44 1-3 17.
TONGUE RIVER — Rawlings 13, Myers 10, Simpson 2, Bolin 2, Melstrom 2, Main 4, Nielson 20, Unassigned 6. Totals 24-53 6-10 61.
THREE-POINT GOALS — 2 Meyers 2, Rawlings 3. REBOUNDS — Greybull 17 (Carlson 6, Gallegos 6). STEALS — Greybull 13 (Hall 4, Carlson 3). ASSISTS —Greybull 2. TURNOVERS — Greybull 25.