Coaches hope young Lady Buffs step up

by marlys good

With just two returning starters, junior Brett Stephens and senior Ceirra Carlson, and two other returning lettermen, Jordan Kraft and Karlina McIntosh, the Greybull Buffs will be a work in progress this year.

Coach Jeff Hunt said, “We have seven girls who dressed out for varsity level games last year, but some of the younger ones didn’t get much playing time. We are leaving the door open for anyone to fill a varsity spot. Coach (Laura) Hodgson and I are just looking for those players who are giving 110 percent every night and who are showing they are ready to play for us. Our varsity squad may be different every game.”

Carlson and Stephens have both started varsity games since they were freshmen, “so they are our court leaders,” Hunt said. “They are coming off excellent seasons and we’re hoping to see them have even better seasons this year.”

Hunt and Hodgson have 25 girls out for practices, includes three seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores and seven freshmen. “We are hoping to gain same experience this weekend and see what we are really capable of,” he said of the Big Horn Basin Shootout, which Greybull and Burlington will co-host.

As in past years of the Shootout, Greybull will open against the Big Piney girls tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. at Buff Gym.

Shootout action Friday will find the Buffs versus Kemmerer at 5:45 p.m., and close out playing Wind River at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We’ll mix it up a little on offense as well as defense. I really think we’ll be a team who surprises some people this season; I’m hoping that’ll start this weekend,” Hunt said.

Junior varsity games will be played in the middle school gym. The young Buffs are scheduled to play Kemmerer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Wind River at 5:45 Saturday.