Lady Herders topple opponents
— Whitehall —
The weekend brought another tough fight, but the Lady Herders overcame adversity and Whitehall’s height to play their brand of basketball. Big Timber fed the ball to senior Mesa King, who finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Herders over the Trojans 37-36 in last Friday’s game.
Junior Madilyn Emter and sophomore Sydney Prather each scored six points and combined to grab 15 rebounds. Senior Emily Hughes had three points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals for Big Timber and fellow senior Halley Stratton contributed a point, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Lady Herders head coach Kim Finn said that despite the Trojans’ height, her team put forth a well-balanced effort.
“We seem to struggle with Whitehall,” Finn said. “They definitely have a size advantage over us; they rebounded well and had too many second-chance shots.”
The last time these two teams met, Emter hit the game-winning three-pointer to help the Lady Herders defeat the Trojans 36-33.
For the second straight time these conference foes have met, Big Timber has emerged victorious — a testament to the team’s commitment to its coaching and game plan.
“I was very proud of how we kept working hard even though things didn’t go the way we wanted them to most of the game,” Finn said. “We found a way to win even though we didn’t have a great game.”
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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
OLIVIA KEITH / Big Timber Pioneer
Senior Lady Herder Mesa King (center) leaps up to take a shot over a Whitehall defender during their Jan. 27 match-up at Sweet Grass County High School.