Lady Buffs notch big win over Rocky

by marlys good

Last week was a mixed bag for the Lady Buffs. The highlight was an all-important 44-36 conference win over Rocky Mountain Friday night. The “lowlight” could have been the 34-22 loss to the Lady Blue of Shoshoni Saturday.

Preceding the two conference games, the Buffs lost to 1A Burlington 57-50 in a game on the Huskies’ court Thursday.

“Last week we were missing a couple of girls who play a lot of minutes, and it showed against Burlington,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “We couldn’t get anything going early. We struggled shooting and only scored three points in the first quarter.”

Offensively the Buffs were right with Burlington in the second and fourth quarters, but the three-point first quarter and eight-point third quarter did them in.

“We came out flat and didn’t play very good defense; we were down 17 at one point, then closed the gap to three points with about 35 seconds left to play. In the end turnovers got to us.”

The Thursday matchup with Rocky was a different story. It was a determined group of Buffs who took the court Friday; they were focused, played well and “stuck to the game plan the entire way,” Hunt said.

Determined was a good description for senior Brett Stephens, who scored 20 points, including a nifty four of eight from beyond the arc, two boards and five steals, while committing just two turnovers. “She had an outstanding game – took control of it early.”

As a team Greybull “played well together and controlled the game the entire way. It was a huge win for us.”

A win over Shoshoni would have been a feather in the Buffs’ collective hats. Unfortunately, everything that went right Friday went wrong Saturday and the Buffs lost the 34-22 decision.

It was one of the toughest performances for Greybull all year. The Buffs hit just 7 of 45 attempts from the field, and 6 of 16 from the line.

“We didn’t shoot well and that set the pace for us. It was one of those games that nothing went right,” Hunt said.

But give Shoshoni credit. “They did a good job of contesting ours shots; we just couldn’t get anything going defensively.”

Seeding into the Class 2A West Regional in Riverton Feb. 27-28 will be decided this weekend. Going into the final games, the Buffs and Rocky Mountain share third place with identical 3-4 records. The Buffs play Riverside Friday night, while the Grizzlies face-off with Shoshoni, currently second in the standings with a record of 4-2.

Hunt predicts, “Our conference seeding will come down o Shoshoni versus Rocky Mountain. If Rocky wins we (Greybull, Rocky, Shoshoni) will be in a three-way tie; if Shoshoni wins they’ll be second, we’ll be third and Rocky will have the fourth spot in the pigtail.”

Keep your fingers crossed that Shoshoni beats the Grizzlies. No worry about a three-way tie, no worry about how the tie would be broken (in thirds), just automatic seeding into the regional tournament.

 

Greybull 3 16  8 23 – 50

Burlington 8 15 18 16 – 57

GREYBULL — Madi Kraft 1-5 0-0 2; Julianne Carlson 2-4 1-2 5; Brett Stephens 3-12 1-2 7; Madi Edeler 3-5 0-0 6; Karlina McIntosh 6-20 0-1 14; Kristin Collingwood 1-2 1-2 3; Totals 21-66 7-15 50.

3-POINT GOALS: McIntosh. REBOUNDS: 25 (Ky Sorensen 7, McIntosh 6). ASSISTS: 2. STEALS: 16 (Sorensen 5, Edeler 4). TURNOVERS: 23.

 

Greybull 11 11 6 16 — 44

Rocky Mt. 4 10 7 14 — 36

Greybull: Carlson 2-9 4-7 8; Stephens 7-17 2-3 20; Edeler 3-9 0-0 6; McIntosh 2-7 0-0 5; Sorensen 2-3 1-3 5. Totals: 16-47 7-13 44.

3-POINT GOALS: 5 (Stephens 4, McIntosh). REBOUNDS: 24 (Edeler 12). ASSISTS: 3. STEALS: 14 (Stephens 5, Kraft 3). TURNOVERS: 17.

 

Greybull 7 3  5   7 — 22

Shoshoni 4 5 14 11 — 34

Greybull: Savannah Kober 1-3 0-0 2; Carlson 1-9 1-2 3; Stephens 2-10 1-3 6; McIntosh 2-10 2-4 9; Sorensen 0-5 2-4 2. Totals: 7-45 6-16 22.

3-POINT GOALS: Stephens, McIntosh. REBOUNDS: 22 (Edeler 15). STEALS: 16 (Stephens 6). TURNOVERS 25.