Herder hoops drops season opener at home

The freest things cost the most. The girls’ basketball team will tell you that. 

In a back-and-forth game that saw a handful of lead changes and runs, Columbus came out on top with a 54-45 win against Sweet Grass County on Dec. 2. 

Sydney Prather had a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Herders (0-1). Ella Holman tallied eight more points and had eight rebounds to add, along with a steal. Senior Madilyn Emter had a team-high six steals for her team. 

Free-throw shooting was the biggest disparity for the Herders, as they shot just 37 percent (7-for-19) from the charity stripe. 

PHOTOS: Girls' hoops fall in season opener to Columbus, 54-45

“Yeah, I was a little disappointed in our free-throw shooting,” said SGHS head coach Kim Finn. “We pride ourselves on our free-throw shooting usually. We’re expecting to be one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the conference this year, so we’ll keep drilling in the importance of winning and losing games at the free-throw line.”

Finn said she often has players shooting free throws late in practice, when the team is fatigued and tired. That’s when the free points can pay off the biggest dividends. 

Both teams started slow, but picked up the pace in the second quarter. Prather and Holman helped the Herders go on an 8-0 run and helped SGHS to a 21-17 halftime lead. But a 32-point spot in the third quarter for the Cougars helped propel them past the Herders for the season-opener win. 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sydney Prather (40) takes a jump shot over a Columbus defender Dec. 2. (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)




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