Lady Herders win back-to-back games
The Big Timber girls basketball team delivered its first victory of the season after defeating Joliet 48-47 in a double overtime non-conference matchup at Sweet Grass County High School on Friday night. The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Lady Herders (1-3), giving the team a boost of confidence before opening league play against Townsend.
Sydney Prather and Mesa King both made clutch free throws down the stretch for the Herders and it was their consistency and poise from the foul line that kept Big Timber in the game.
“The girls played with a lot of heart and didn’t give up,” Lady Herders head coach Kim Finn said. “It was kind of an up and down game, but all of us did what we needed to do to win.”
Prather finished with a game-high 23 points and King added 15 points for the Herders.
Tied 13-13 after the first period, the J-Hawks quickly took control of the game and led 23-17 at halftime. The Lady Herders spent much of the second half chipping away at a single-digit deficit. And with just four minutes remaining in the game, the Herders roared back to take their first lead of the match. The Lady Herders also put forth a solid defensive effort despite having four players in foul trouble at the beginning of the fourth quarter, helping send the game to overtime.
“I told (the girls) that they had to play smart defense but we can’t foul because I don’t have a big bench,” Finn said. “They did awesome and played through both overtimes.”
Big Timber led by as many as six points before Shayla Webber and the J-Hawks forced a second overtime. Webber led with 14 points and made 4-of-7 free throws while teammate Danni Nardinger made three three-pointers to finish with nine points. Taylor Wright also scored nine points and Vanessa Nowak had eight points for Joliet.
Finn said that it was the Herders’ airtight zone defense that prevented Joliet from running its offense effectively when the game was on the line.
“We were able to keep the ball out of the middle as well as pressure their shooters,” Finn said. “We worked really well as a team.”
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By Jordan Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer
Big Timber's Madilyn Emter races down the court during the Lady Herders' match against Jefferson.