Lady Herders fall to Colstrip
After a strong regular season performance, the Lady Herders were knocked out of the Class B Southern Divisional girls basketball tournament March 3.
After trailing 0-9 in the first quarter and giving up 14 turnovers in the tournament opener against Roundup, the Lady Herders regained their composure.
They scored 18 points before halftime and went on to edge out the Panthers 48-45.
Senior Mesa King led with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three assists while Madilyn Emter scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Lady Herders who went 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
“We were excited to get the win and looked forward to an undefeated Colstrip,” Lady Herders head coach Kim Finn said. “We went into this semifinal game knowing it would be very tough, but always believed we could win.”
In Friday’s semifinal game against the Colstrip Fillies, Big Timber trailed by eight points at halftime and sacrificed 24 turnovers that prevented the Lady Herders from mounting a second-half comeback. They eventually fell to Colstrip 53-45 on Friday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings.
“They were a tough team, but I feel we could have won had we taken care of the ball better,” Finn said. “Losing isn’t in our vocabulary.”
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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer
Lady Herders, from left to right, Sydney Prather, Emily Hughes and Mesa King use their defensive skills to block a pass between Colstrip players during their matchup March 3.