Buffs sweep Lady Rebels, Eagles

by marlys good
The Lady Buffs notched their first conference win Friday night win in a 61-39 victory over Riverside then tacked on a second victory in a non-conference 61-24 game with St. Stephens Saturday.
Junior Ceirra Carlson and sophomore Brett Stephens had a field day pouring in 19 and 16 points respectively against Riverside.
The Buff defense stymied Riverside’s big duo of Cydnie Clark and Brittany Vigil and held the Rebels to just eight points in the first half.
“The girls did a great job on Clark and Vigil,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “We knew we had to stop them early so they couldn’t get on a run and that’s exactly what we did”
They only ran the game plans for one quarter, “then we were able to work on some other things,” said the coach. Hunt had put together a game plan for Riverside and “we only had to run it for a quarter, then were able to work on some other things.”
Carlson and Stephens “shot really well,” Hunt said, noting that Carlson knocked down three of four from long range. “Between the two of them they scored 35 points and made four of five from the arc. Karlina (McIntosh) also had a great offensive game with nine points.”
St. Stephens hardly put up a struggle Saturday as the Buffs routed the Lady Eagles 61-24.
“St. Stephens was not a well-disciplined team,” Hunt said. “Their JV was a good team, but their varsity team didn’t even make a real attempt to play us. They couldn’t do anything to stop us, nor did they try.”
Hunt used his entire bench; scoring was spread between eight players with Carlson leading the way with 23. Georgi Hall had a season high 10 points and “did a good job finishing around the basket,” according to Hunt.
Noticeable by her absence was McKenna Powers. The junior sustained an injury in the Thermopolis game and “never fully recovered. She will be back next year,” Hunt said, noting “It is a huge loss for us. She is very aggressive on defense and caused some problems for teams. She was our leading rebounder and second on the team in steals. We will definitely miss her.”
Also on the injured list, but expected to return, is Nevin Brown.
The Buffs would like nothing more than to extend their win streak to four when they take on conference foes Rocky Mountain in Cowley today (Thursday) and host Thermopolis Friday.
Rocky Mountain and Greybull are fighting for third place in the conference. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Bobcats beat the Buffs Dec. 15 in their first conference match, and are coming off an overtime loss to league-leading Lovell last weekend.
Hopefully the Buffs put a game plan together that will stymie Jordan Leyba and Dana Bjorhus. But Desi Rangel, who hit the free throw that put the Lovell game into overtime, cannot be overlooked. The game starts at 5:30.

Greybull 15 20 10 16 – 61
Riverside 6 2 13 18 – 39
GREYBULL — Micheala Denniston 2 0-2 4, Georgi Hall 2 0-0 4, Ceirra Carlson 7 2-6 19, Biri Gallegos 2 1-4 5, Brett Stephens 7 1-1 16, Karlina McIntosh 4 0-0 9, Sarah Bockman 1 1-2 3, Madi Edeler 0 1-2 1. Totals 25-68, 6-17 61.
3-POINT GOALS — Carlson 3, Stephens 1, McIntosh 1. REBOUNDS — 29 (Stephens 9, Gallegos 5, Carlson 4, Denniston 4). STEALS — 12 (Carlson 4, Stephens 3). ASSISTS — 10 (Carlson 4). TURNOVERS — 16.

Greybull 21 17 16 7 – 61
St. Stephens 6 3 9 6 – 24
GREYBULL — Denniston 3 0-0 6, Hall 5 0-0 10, Carlson 9 5-8 23, Hunter Grant 1 0-0 2, Gallegos 2 4-6 8, Stephens 2 1-2 5, McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Bockman 2 1-2 5. Totals 26-62 11-18 61.
REBOUNDS — 32 (Stephens 8, Carlson 7, Bockman 5). STEALS — 15 (Carlson 7, Bockman 3). ASSISTS — 9 (Carlson 3). TURNOVERS — 17.