Lady Herders pounce Columbus

The Big Timber girls basketball team started its season with a big win in Columbus Saturday, Dec. 5. The Lady Herders won 48-42, hanging on for the victory after leading by 14 points at halftime.

“We all played pretty good team ball and played well together,” head coach Kim Finn said.

In the first half, the Lady Herders played great defense, only allowing 10 points.

“We just played solid man-to-man defense,” Finn said. “We also had good help team defense. We also just took care of the ball more on offense. We made them rush shots. We kind of fell apart in the second half.”

The second half troubles started with a couple of Lady Herders in foul trouble, and Columbus was able to muscle their way back into the game.

Columbus fought back to within one point in the fourth quarter, but Big Timber held them off.

“For them to get that close and for us to still win, that was good,” Finn said.

The Big Timber girls were able to secure the win down the stretch by hitting shots from the outside.

“They had to pull out a little from Mesa (King) because Madilyn (Emter) hit a 3-pointer and Holly (Emter) hit a couple of outside shots,” Finn said. “That helped round out our scoring. We weren’t just going inside, so Mesa got better looks.”

King finished the game with a double-double to lead the Lady Herders. She had 17 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four steals.

The Lady Herders got eight points out of both Holly Emter and Sydney Prather. Holly Emter also had four steals.

Madilyn Emter contributed seven points for the Lady Herders, while TediJo Todd and Emily Hughes scored five points and three points, respectively, to round out the scoring.

Todd and Hughes also did a good job distributing the ball. They finished with five assists each.

Big Timber will try to build on the momentum from this win at the Imerys Tournament this weekend in Three Forks.

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers

Photo courtesy of Cindy Glavin

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