by nathan oster
A trip to Burlington Friday afternoon turned out to be the perfect remedy for a Greybull Lady Buff team that had been struggling with its outside shot in the first two weekends of the regular season.
The Lady Buffs scored the first 17 points of the game and never looked back, routing the 1A Huskies 59-21 behind 17 points from senior Kendall Wright and another 13 from sophomore Shayla Cheatham. The two combined for four of Greybull’s six 3-pointers.
“The girls shot really well,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “We’d been struggling from 3-point range —last year, it was a strength for us.
“I think the girls were more relaxed, for one thing. We jumped out to an early lead, which was important. In our earlier games, we didn’t start very well. Once we got behind, we rushed our shots.”
Hunt threw a full-court press at the Huskies and it led to a number of easy baskets.
“Both times we’ve done that this year, we’ve won by 30 or more points,” he said.
It also allowed him to go to his bench freely.
All 11 players who were dressed got minutes and 10 of them scored.
“We honestly just needed our young girls — all of our girls, for that matter — to step up and start scoring. We have two primary scorers (Tatem Edeler and Wright) and teams that play us are going to continue to try to shut them down. So we need contributions from everyone. It’s going to be a key moving forward.”
Edeler finished with just two points, but played sparingly after tweaking her knee. It was the same knee she blew out just shy of a year ago in Shoshoni. At the time, there was some question about whether she’d make it back in time to even contribute this season. But the surgery went well, as did her recuperation and she was able to re-join the GHS volleyball team around midseason and contribute to its state run. She was “a little gunshy” the first week of basketball practice, Hunt said, but all she did in the opener was post a double-double.
“She’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached,” he said. “You’d think a kid who had a knee injury like she did wouldn’t be in good shape, but she’s getting up and down the court as well as anyone.”
Edeler isn’t the only banged-up Buff. Payten Sorensen has also been dealing with an injury. Both should benefit from the holiday break, Hunt said.
The Lady Buffs are scheduled to return to practice today (Thursday, Dec. 6).
Their first game coming out of the break is three days before school resumes, on Friday, Jan. 4 when Wind River visits Buff Gym. Start times are 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Hunt said the first month of the season offered little in the way of surprises. He still believes he has one of the best defensive teams in the state and that the Lady Buffs will go as far as their offense takes them.
While perhaps not as deep as it’s been in the past, the 2A West is still strong at the top, headed by Wyoming Indian. Hunt called the Lady Chiefs the “team to beat” in the 2A Southwest and said his goal is to play them and beat them in the region championship game.
Greybull17 9 11 22 — 59
Burlington 2 8 6 5 — 21
GREYBULL — Payten Sorensen 0 1-2 1, Monique Velasquez 3 0-2 6, Kendall Stephens 2 0-0 5, Shayla Cheatham 5 0-1 13, Kendall Wright 7 2-3 17, Emma Mercer 2 0-0 5, Morgan Haley 3 0-0 6, Tatem Edeler 1 0-0 2, Hannah Klitzker 1 0-0 2, Bree Benasky 1 0-2 2. Totals 25 3-of-10 59.
BURLINGTON — Isobelle Tempany 5 3-6 13, Alora Tempany 0 1-2 1, Delaney Nves 2 2-2 7. 7 6-of-10 21.
3-POINT GOALS — Cheatham 3, Wright, Stevens, Mercer; Neves.