Lady Huskies win in Harrison

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The Absarokee Lady Huskies added a tally to the win column last Saturday against the Harrison-Willow Creek Wildcats in the team’s last non-conference game before the conference schedule gets underway.

Absarokee jumped out to a good start, going up 11-3 by the end of the first quarter. The Huskies added to that lead to go into halftime up 12 points, 20-8.

The second half began as the first half did – Absarokee taking advantage of a slow Harrison start. Heading into the final minutes of the game, the Huskies had the 33-12 advantage.

The Wildcats went on a run in the fourth quarter, but the comeback attempt was too late. Absarokee won the game 43-28.

Senior Makensi McCally and sophomore Lexi Feddes each had 10 points to lead the Husky offense.

“We played a lot more comfortable against Harrison than we did last weekend,” explained Absarokee Head Coach Travis Frickel.

Conference play will begin this week. The Huskies open with an away game on Thursday against the Bridger Lady Scouts. On Saturday, Absarokee will host Broadview-Lavina.

“Bridger is a tough place to play, but we are looking forward to getting things rolling against a good team,” Frickel said. “Then, on Saturday, it will be fun to play in our own gym against the Lady Pirates.”

A couple Bridger student groups will be holding a food drive Thursday evening at the ticket table. According to the Bridger Schools Facebook page, any fan that donates five food items will receive half-price admission, and anyone who brings ten items will receive free admission to the games.

COLUMBUS

The Lady Cougars played hard last weekend in the Manhattan Tip-Off Tournament to remain undefeated.

Friday, Columbus faced the Class C Manhattan Christian Eagles. While the Cougar offense started a little slow, the Eagles’ offense struggled even more, and by the end of the first quarter, Columbus had a 6-0 lead. The Cougars doubled their production in the second quarter, going into halftime up 18-6.

The Cougars caught an offensive spark coming out of the break, almost doubling the team’s first half score in the third quarter. The Eagles stepped it up in the third as well, but it was not enough to catch Columbus – entering the final minutes of the game, the Cougars were up 35-20. Columbus maintained the lead for the rest of the game for a 44-30 victory.

Junior Brenna Rouane led the Cougars with 13 points and eight rebounds. Alexa Riveland, a senior, had 10 steals against Manhattan Christian.

Columbus Head Coach Jeromey Burke explained that the Eagles’ height was a real challenge for the Cougars to overcome – Manhattan Christian started three girls that were 6-foot-1 or taller.

“Morgan (Kirch) and Brooklyn (Wyllie) battled foul trouble all night, but we won the rebounding battle 36-29, which is a pretty accurate sign of how hard the girls played,” Burke said.

On Saturday, Columbus faced the Manhattan Tigers. The Cougars played well out of the gate, jumping to an early 15-3 lead by the end of the first. At one point during the second quarter Columbus was up 22-5, but as Burke described it, “we really lost our momentum for about five game minutes in the second and they closed it to 26-28 at half.”

In the second half, the Cougars regained their momentum to pull away from the Tigers for a 57-43 win.

Riveland had a strong game to lead Columbus in scoring with 16 points, going 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Kirch, a senior, was close to earning a double-double (as Rouane was on Friday) with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Burke highlighted the play of a pair of Cougars – Riveland and sophomore Payton West.

Riveland was key for Columbus down the stretch, as she made 8-of-8 free throws to close out the game in the fourth quarter.

West also helped the Cougars close out the game. Burke explained that “she brought tons of energy, made a big shot when we were struggling to score, and was extremely active in our press.”

This week, Columbus has one last non-conference game before the conference schedule starts – a home match-up with Class A Laurel on Friday. Saturday, the Cougars take on Shepherd at home to kick-off conference play.

REED POINT-RAPELJE

The Lady Renegades had mixed results last weekend during an opening tournament hosted by Broadview-Lavina.

RPR’s first game was against the Ekalaka (Carter County) Bulldogs. The first quarter was fairly close, with the Bulldogs holding a slight 11-7 lead after the opening minutes. The downfall of the Renegades came in the second quarter, when the offense started to struggle. Ekalaka out-scored RPR 17-1 in the second to enter halftime with the 28-8 lead.

The second half was similar to the first. The Renegades kept up with the Bulldogs in the third quarter, but the RPR offense again fell behind in the fourth. In the end, Ekalaka won the game 53-20.

Junior Carlee Blodgett led the Renegades with 12 points.

RPR Head Coach Tricia Hess explained that the Ekalaka team was very quick, and “we didn’t handle their speed and intensity very well.”

Saturday, the Renegades turned it around against the Custer-Hysham Rebels. In the first quarter alone, RPR almost scored the same number of points it did the entire game Friday, to go up 19-11 against Custer-Hysham. The Renegades continued to push, and by halftime RPR had a 32-18 lead.

The second half was slower offensively for both teams, and the Renegades maintained the lead throughout the final minutes of the game. RPR won 44-27.

Blodgett again had a good game for the Renegades, putting up 21 points. Senior Jocelyn Ott put up 13 points, and sophomore Justice Albers followed with six.

Hess described the difference between the two games last weekend: “Saturday against Custer-Hysham, we played with more confidence than we had yet this season.”

She noted that the girls were taking – and making – more good shots when they were open against the Rebels, and when they were not open, the Renegades were making good, “unselfish” decisions to play as a team and get the ball to the open player.

“Our defense was also better than we played the first two games of the season, and that helped a lot against the Rebels,” Hess added.

This week, RPR will play in a pair of conference games. On Friday, the Renegades travel to play Plenty Coups, and on Saturday, Harlowton-Ryegate comes to Reed Point.

As for this weekend, Hess said, “If we play like we did on Saturday, we could come away with two conference wins.”

PARK CITY

The Lady Panthers played against two Class B schools last weekend during the Woodden Memorial Tournament in Red Lodge.

First, Park City played Red Lodge. The game was tight in the first, and the Panthers had a 10-9 lead at the end of the quarter. Park City’s offensive momentum dropped in the second, and entering halftime, Red Lodge had a 20-14 lead.

The Panthers could not find an offensive rhythm in the third, either, and Red Lodge added to its lead. Park City was able to get the offense rolling in the final minutes, but it was too late – Red Lodge won the game 37-26.

Senior Breanne Smith led the Panther offense with nine points, followed by fellow senior Kasidy Robbins with seven points. Blakely Verke, also a senior, added five rebounds and four assists.

“I thought our girls came out with a lot of intensity on both sides of the floor,” said Park City Head Coach Justine Taylor. “Our press caused some turnovers early and we got some open looks on transitions.”

However, the Panthers struggled to generate offense against Red Lodge’s zone defense, and the team got caught on its heels after making some mistakes.

“Our defense definitely helped us hang around with them most of the game, however we missed a lot of open layups and shots that would have made it even closer,” Taylor explained. “Overall, I was happy with how hard the girls worked.”

On Saturday, Park City faced a tough Forsyth Dogie team. Forsyth jumped out to an early lead and never let off the gas. An 18-6 Dogie lead at the end of the first quarter stretched to a 34-9 lead at halftime. The offenses for both teams struggled in the third quarter, but in the fourth, Forsyth picked up its momentum again. The Dogies won the game 53-16.

Junior Sydney Kluth led the Panthers in scoring with five points, and Robins contributed five rebounds.

Taylor noted that Forsyth had Park City outsized with a 6-foot-5 center, and the loss of the Panthers’ tallest player, 5-foot-11 senior Alyx Grabowska, to an injury on Friday made things difficult. Despite the height disparity, Taylor felt the Panthers did a good job in the paint.

“Offensively, I felt like our missed shots from the game before has us hesitant on the perimeter and (led to) passing up too many open looks,” Taylor noted. “The girls only took 36 shots, and that isn’t near enough to give yourself a chance to win.”

As a whole, Taylor felt “the weekend allowed us to see what we need to work on as a team to prepare ourselves for district play.”

This week, Park City kicks off conference play with an away game in Harlow-ton on Friday. Saturday, the Panthers play Roberts in the first home game of the season for Park City.

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