Lady Buffs falter in conference opener

by marlys good

“It was definitely not one of our better games,” said Greybull Lady Buff Coach Jeff Hunt of his team’s 44-35 loss to the Lady Bobcats in the conference opener Friday in Thermopolis.

“We struggled shooting. We were getting pretty good shots, they just weren’t falling,” he added.

The Bobcats had little trouble finding the range, especially in the first half. “They hit a lot of big shots,” Hunt said. “We had a difficult time stopping their post (Hoffman) and she had a great game. We had no answer for her.”

The shooting problems would have been bad enough but combined with 30 turnovers, it was too big a hurdle to overcome.

But the Buffs gave a valiant effort. Down 37-20 going into the final quarter, Greybull went into overdrive. “We came out aggressive and went on a 13-1 run to get within five points,” Hunt said.

“Ceirra (Carlson) took control of the game with about five minutes left. She played great defense that led to some quick steals and points and the other girls fed off of her. It was just a little bit too late,” according to Coach Hunt.

Carlson ended the game with eight points, five rebounds and six steals. Sophomore Florina Villegas led the defense with seven rebounds and added to her stats with four steals and five points.

“I think the girls realize they need to play that aggressive all the time. I was proud of how they responded to a big deficit. We just need to work on coming out quick in the third quarter.”

Greybull has a chance to even its conference record at 1-1 Friday night when Lovell comes to town for games at 4 and 5:30 p.m. The Buffs will stay right in Greybull for Saturday’s action against Burlington at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Thermopolis 9  11  17    7 – 44

Greybull 8    7    5  15 – 35

GREYBULL — Madi Kraft 1 2-2 4; Ceirra Carlson 4 0-1 8; Brett Stephens 1 1-2 3; Madi Edeler 0 1-2 1; Karlina McIntosh 3 0-0 6; Florina Vellegas 2 1-2 5; Jordan Kraft 3 0-0 8. Totals 14-47 5-9 35.

3-POINT GOALS — J. Kraft 2. REBOUNDS — Greybull 26 (Villegas 7, McIntosh 6, Carlson 5). STEALS — Greybull 15 (Carlson 6, Villegas 4). ASSISTS — Greybull 0. TURNOVERS —Greybull 30.