Three days, three games, three wins for Lady Buffs

By Marlys Good

“I am very proud of our girls,” said Greybull Lady Buff Coach Jeff Hunt. “It’s not easy to play three games in three days this time of year and it’s even more difficult to win all three. We are peaking at the right time.”

The three wins included two conference victories, 48-28 over Tongue River Friday and 45-35 over Rocky Mountain on Saturday.  Starting the three-win sweep was a victory over 3A Lovell Thursday, 50-35.

The Buffs were ready to go from the tipoff against Lovell. They jumped off to a 13-9 lead and never looked back.

“We knew we’d have to play aggressive defense and pressure their guards, and we did. We didn’t give them very many open looks; they took a lot of ‘uncomfortable’ shots. Nobody on their team scored in double digits,” Hunt said.

Hunt said the Tongue River Eagles had improved a lot from the first time they played them. “It’s tough to beat any team three times in one season,” he said.

The Buffs struggled to score early and Tongue River did a good job keeping Greybull off the boards. It was the Buff defense that made the difference. “Our defense was too much for them. We held them to just eight points in the first half, made a few adjustments at halftime and came out ready in the third quarter.”

The Buffs got some quick steals, did a good job finishing at the rim and “our press and transition were too much for them,” Hunt said. Greybull scored 20 points and with a comfortable 38-19 lead, went to his bench to give his reserves a lot of playing time.

Nine players scored led by Kendall Wright’s 14 points; 11 Buffs were credited with rebounds, led By seven from Edeler and six from Hannah Klitkze; eight had at least one assist, seven had at least two assists (Wright had five). It was a total team effort.

Saturday’s win over Rocky Mountain was doubly satisfying as it was played on the Grizzlies’ home court.

“It’s a battle every time we play them and their gym is one of the toughest gyms in the state to play in,” Hunt said. “The last few times we played in their gym we had a slow start; our goal was to change that.”

Goal realized. Greybull was fired up from the get-go, attacked the basket quickly, and jumped to an 18-6 first quarter lead. “We never lost the lead the rest of the game. This was one of our best shooting games all season,” Hunt said. The Buffs shot 47.2 percent, and Hunt quipped, “It didn’t hurt that we hit five threes (Wright three, Monique Velasquez one, Shayla Cheatham, one) either.”

Greybull played almost error-free, committing just eight turnovers. “We had our lowest turnover game of the season against a very good defensive team,” Hunt pointed out.

Greybull will close out conference play Friday playing Riverside in the Buff Gym. Games are at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday Greybull closes out the season hosting Big Horn at noon and 1:30.

Greybull’s 5-0 conference record gives them a firm hold on the conference title. With the three victories last weekend, Hunt said, “We are peaking at the right time.”

Saturday is Senior Day. Kendall Stephens, Kendall Wright and Tatem Edeler will be recognized and honored for their hard work, dedication and contributions to the team.

Greybull 50, Lovell 35

Greybull 13  13  15  9 – 50

Lovell  9  5 7  14 – 35

GREYBULL: Kendall Wright 4 6-10 14; Tatem Edeler 2 5-6 9; Morgan Haley 3 2-4 8; Payten Sorensen 2 2-4 7; Monique Velasquez 2 1-1 5; Kendall Stephens  1 0-0 3; Shayla Cheatham 1 0-3 2; Brie Benasky 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16-46 16-29 50.

3-POINT GOALS — Sorensen, Stephens. REBOUNDS: 39 (Sorensen 8, Haley 7, Edeler 6). ASSISTS: 8 (Wright 3). STEALS: 8. TURNOVERS: 14.

Greybull 48, Tongue River 28

Greybull  12  6 20  10 – 48

Tongue River 4  4  11  9 – 28

GREYBULL: Wright 3 6-7 14; Sorensen 2 2-3 6; Stephens 3 0-0 6; Edeler 2 2-4 6; Emma Mercer 2 0-0 5; Hannah Klitzke 1 2-2 6; Benasky 2 0-0 4; Haley 1 0-2 2; Cheatham 0 1-2 1. TOTALS:  16-61 13-22  48.

3-POINT GOALS — WRIGHT 2, Mercer. REBOUNDS: 41 (Edeler 8, Klitzke 6). ASSISTS: 13. STEALS: 19 (Wright 5,  Cheatham3, Klitzke 3. TURNOVERS: 17.

Greybull 45, Rocky Mountain 35

Greybull 18  9  9 9 – 45

RMHS  5  8 13  8 – 35

GREYBULL: Wright 6  3-4 18;  Edeler 4 1-3 9; Sorensen 2 2-4 6; Haley 2 0-0 4; Cheatham 1 0-0 3; Haley 2 0-0 4; Velasquez 1 1-1 3; Klitzke 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 17-36 6-11  45.

3-POINT GOALS — Wright 3, Velasquez, Cheatham. REBOUNDS: 20 (Ederler 6, Sorensen 5). ASSISTS: 13 (Mercer 3, Edeler 3)(. STEALS: 10 (Wright 3). TURNOVERS: 8.

 

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