Lady Buffs refocus after losses to RM, Big Horn
by marlys good
The Greybull Lady Buffs’ 48-30 loss to Rocky Mountain Friday ended any hopes Greybull had of staying out of the dreaded pigtail game. The loss means Greybull will host Riverside in the play-in game at 5:30 Monday with the winner earning the fourth-place slot from the north for the upcoming Class 2A West Regional in Riverton.
Things were looking good for the Lady Buffs at halftime. They had matched points with the Grizzlies in both the first and second quarters and held the slim one-point lead, 17-16.
They should have ended the game right then.
Rocky Mountain was fired up coming out of the blocks for the third quarter and the Grizzlies controlled the court.
“We couldn’t get in sync and it made us struggle on both ends of the court,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “Once we got down we had to get out of our defensive game plan to try and catch up.”
Poor free throw shooting hindered the Buffs, who hit just 8 of 21. “We got to the line plenty, but we just couldn’t make them and it hurt us. Every time we missed, Rocky took advantage” and extended the lead.
Ceirra Carlson was held to just 10 points and Brett Stephens added another 8.
It didn’t get any better at Big Horn Saturday when the Lady Rams stuck the Buffs 54-29. The Rams exploded in the second quarter and extended their 11-5 lead to a 32-10 edge at halftime.
Big Horn hit five three-pointers and Jayden Mirich scored 17 points to pace the attack.
Stephens paced the Buffs with 12 points and Carlson was in double digits with 10.
“It was another rough weekend,” Hunt said. “The girls played hard in both games, but we tried a little too hard at times. We couldn’t get anything going on offense and we struggled to make our shots — again.”
Greybull closes out the regular season Friday against Tongue River. It will be Senior Night for the Buffs. Sarah Bockman, Biri Gallegos, Michaela Denniston, Georgi Hall and Hunter Grant, along with their parents, will be recognized and honored.
The Buffs, while hoping to play well and perhaps pull off a huge upset over the top ranked Lady Eagles, will be looking ahead to Monday night, Feb. 18, when they will host the Lady Rebels in the pigtail game.
“We are prepping for our pigtail game against Riverside. It’s not easy to beat a team three times in a season, so we are going to focus on a game plan” for doing just that.
“One of the greatest things about this group of girls is their ability to keep their heads up and prepare for any obstacle. They are fighters,” Hunt said. The girls will be laying everything on the line, leaving nothing on the court, in their hopes to earn a spot in the regional tournament.
Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.
Greybull 5 12 3 10 – 30
Rocky Mt. 6 10 14 18 – 48
GREYBULL — Georgi Hall 1 0-2 2, Ceirra Carlson 3 4-4 10, Biri Gallegos 1 2-0 4, Brett Stephens 4 0-0 8, Karina McIntosh 1 2-7 4, Sarah Bockman 1 0-0 2. Totals 11-44 8-21 30.
REBOUNDS — Rocky Mt. 30; Greybull 28 (Stephens 7, Hall 6, Gallegos 5). ASSISTS — Rocky Mt. 3; Greybull 2. STEALS — Rocky Mt. 10; Greybull 11 (McIntosh 3). TURNOVERS —Rocky Mt. 22; Greybull 25.
Greybull 5 5 11 8 – 29
Big Horn 11 21 12 10 – 54
GREYBULL — Ceirra Carlson 4 0-0 10, Hunter Grant 0 0-1 0, Biri Gallegos 0 1-4 1, Brett Stephens 4 4-7 12, Madi Edeler 1 0-0 2, Karlina McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Jordan Kraft 1 0-0 2. Totals 11-48 5-11 29.
3-POINT GOALS — Carlson 2. REBOUNDS — Greybull 19 (Carlson, Bockman 4); Big Horn 25. STEALS — Greybull 16 (Gallegos, Stephens 4); Big Horn 17. ASSISTS — Greybull 4 (Carlson 3); Big Horn 3. TURNOVERS — Greybull 35; Big Horn 30.