Lady Buffs state bid thwarted

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buffs gave it all they had but a 35-32 loss to Kemmerer Saturday morning dashed their hopes of a bid to the State 2A Basketball Championships in Casper this weekend.

“This (Kemmerer) was a team who was No. 1 on their side all season. They had lost just one conference game before the tournament. Kemmerer has two of the top players in the state, (Vickery and Tiller) and their points at the end of the game showed how good they are,” said Coach Jeff Hunt.

“Our girls did an outstanding job setting the tempo of this game. Kemmerer likes to run and gun but we never allowed their press to bother us. This was the most disciplined I’ve seen us play and it was a lot of fun to watch.”

The Lady Rangers took an early five-point lead but the Buffs narrowed that to a single point, 10-9, at the first quarter break and by halftime had eked out a three-point, 18-15 advantage.

The Buffs dictated the tempo of the game and the combination of a tough defense and patience on offense worked to the Buffs advantage. “We made them play out of their comfort zone,” Hunt added. “At times we had the ball for over a minute per possession.”

The three-point advantage gave the Buffs some momentum but the Rangers grabbed it back when Tiller hit a three-pointer to open the third quarter.

The lead changed hands several times and the Buffs tied the game late in the fourth but couldn’t get over the hump. A three-pointer at the buzzer fell short and the Lady Buff season came to an end.

“I was so proud of these girls,” Hunt said.

The Buffs opened the tournament with a 65-57 loss to Wind River, a team that returned three all-conference players from last season and a couple of athletes who consistently score in double digits. “They are a tough team who can score a lot of points. We had a difficult time matching up with them and they took advantage of that,” Hunt said.

The game turned into a foul-fest with 54 fouls called and 85 free throws shot. The Lady Cougars were 21 for 46 and the Buffs were 16 for 35.

The Cougars shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and 34 percent from the field. Ceirra Carlson led scoring with 11 points with Karlina McIntosh adding seven.  Brett Stephens grabbed nine rebounds to lead the defense.

The loss left the Buffs in the loser-out bracket Friday and they came up with a huge 31-28 victory over Shoshoni to keep their state hopes alive.

The game featured two of the top scorers in 2A, Greybull’s Carlson and Shoshoni’s Olivia Thompson, going head-to-head.  The Shoshoni defense stifled Carlson but Stephens “took over early in the game and was a beast on the boards,” said Coach Hunt. “She touched every rebound and had 10 of her 12 points in the first quarter, most coming from offensive rebounds. She did a great job stepping up when Ceirra was covered so well.

“Our girls were very patient on offense. We moved the ball well and waited for open shots. In the end the difference was our girls played as a team offensively and spread the points out.”

Sophomore Madi Edeler stepped it up a notch defensively and grabbed eight boards in a good effort.

“This was truly a defensive win for us,” according to Coach Hunt. “Our girls took them out of their game, and we forced them to take a lot of shots they don’t usually take. ”

Looking back at his team’s play in the regional tournament, Hunt said, “It was disappointing not to make it to state, but I’m so happy with how we played. We surprised some people and really showed how good a team we actually are.  Our girls played their hearts out in every game and fought to the end through each one of them. I’ve seen several teams just lay down and be finished, but we never did.”


Greybull 14    9  11  23 – 57

Wind River 13  12  15  20 – 65

GREYBULL — Ceirra Carlson 5  6-6 18;  Jordan Flitner 1 0-0 2; Brett Stephens 2 3-8 7; Madi Edeler 2 1-6 5; Karlina McIntosh 2 2-4 6; Florina Villegas 4 0-2 8; Jordan Kraft 2 4-7 9. Totals: 18-65 16  -35 57.

3-POINT GOALS — Carlson 2, J. Kraft 1. REBOUNDS — 23 (Carlson 5, Villegas 5). ASSISTS — 5 (Edeler 2). STEALS — 9 (Carlson 3). TURNOVERS — 19.


Greybull 12  8  3  8 – 31

Shoshoni   8  7  6  7 – 28

GREYBULL — Carlson  1  4-11 6; Flitner 1 0-0 2; Stephens 5 1-2 12; Edeler 0 1-2 1; McIntosh 1 2-6 5; Villegas 1  0-1 2; J. Kraft 1 0-1 3. Totals: 10-44 8-23 31.

3-POINT GOALS — Stephens, McIntosh, Kraft. REBOUNDS — 30 (Edeler 8). STEALS — 16 (Carlson 8). ASSISTS — 3. TURNOVERS — 29.


Greybull   9  9    8  6 – 32

Kemmerer  10  5  11  9 – 35

GREYBULL — Madi Kraft 0 1-2 1; Carlson 4 2-4 11; Flitner 0 1-2 1; Stephens 2 0-0 5; McIntosh 3 0-0 7; Villegas 1 2-2 4; J. Kraft 1 1-3 3. Totals 11-38 6-10 27,

REBOUNDS — 18 (Stephens 9). STEALS — 6 (Carlson 2, Stephens 2). ASSISTS — 6 (Stephens 2, J. Kraft 2). TURNOVERS — 21.