SHERIDAN — The Arvada-Clearmont Lady Panthers suffered a season ending loss to Hulett High School in their third game of the regional tournament Saturday.
To get there, the girls beat Midwest Monday in the play-in game 45-28. The Lady Panthers then lost their first match in the regional tournament to No. 1-ranked Lingle-Ft. Laramie Thursday 59-19. Friday saw a close victory over Guernsey-Sunrise 37-31.
On Saturday, top scorer Shayna Kretschman contributed 22 points to the final score of 64-46.
Early foul trouble forced post players to the bench for the second quarter and though freshmen played very well the Lady Panthers couldn’t overcome an onslaught of 3-pointers from Hulett.
A season of highs and lows ended with measurable success as the girls grew mentally and physically stronger as a team.
“This season was a roller coaster of a ride,” head coach Farrah Patterson said. “At times, it would have been really easy to throw their hands up in the air and walk away, but they never even considered it.”
Individual awards were also earned by members of the team.
Hannah Rockafellow and KayLee Stidham received All-Conference Honorable Mention awards. Kretschman and Caitlin Klatt were named to the All-Conference Team.
Kretschman was also named Conference Player of the Year.
“We are going to give them a day off to recuperate,” Patterson said, “but Tuesday we will meet to set our goals for the off-season. My job now is to get them to believe that basketball players are not made between Dec. 1 and March 7, they are made March 4 through Nov. 30.”