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Sarah Rawlings (11) gets high-fives from teammates Tara Stimpson, left, and Eryn Aksamit after a free throw during the Lady Eagles win over No. 1 Lovell Saturday in Dayton. The Lady Eagles got back one of their two losses this year to stay unbeaten in conference play.Sarah Rawlings (11) gets high-fives from teammates Tara Stimpson, left, and Eryn Aksamit after a free throw during the Lady Eagles win over No. 1 Lovell Saturday in Dayton. The Lady Eagles got back one of their two losses this year to stay unbeaten in conference play.

Prep basketball roundup, Jan. 25: Lady Eagles on a roll

DAYTON — After an improbable 66-1 blowout win over Moorcroft on Friday, Tongue River avenged one of their two losses this season, beating No. 1 Lovell Saturday 57-42.

The Lady Eagles won the highly-anticipated rematch of their 57-42 loss in December — a loss that snapped their 33-game win streak.
After winning the 2A state title in 2013 with a 28-0 season, the Lady Eagles (12-2, 3-0 2A Northeast) can again be viewed as favorites to repeat with the return of point guard Sarah Rawlings.

“Saturday was a good win for us against Lovell,” head coach Dianne Moser said. “It was nice to see the improvement in our team from our first meeting with them. The girls played very well defensively and were very unselfish.”

For the boys, struggles continued as the Eagles (3-11, 0-3) lost to the Lovell Bulldogs (7-7) Saturday afternoon at home, 51-45.

Tongue River teams will play two of their final three home games of the season this weekend, with the boys playing Wright (1-16) Friday and Greybull (13-2) on Saturday.

The girls get Wright (5-11) and Greybull (8-6) at home as well.

Girls scoring: Amanda Buller 13, Eryn Aksamit 9, Kylee Knoblock 8, Sarah Rawlings 7, Cheyloh Bluemel 7, Tara Stimpson 7, Allison Reed 6  Rebounds: Buller 9, Stimpson 7, Aksamit 7. Rawlings had 4 assists and 5 steals.

Rams 66, Sundance 42
BIG HORN — The Big Horn Rams (8-7, 4-1 2A Northeast) got a win over the Sundance Bulldogs (6-7) Saturday afternoon at home.
Strong shooting from the starting five and some defensive shut downs led to the 64-42 victory.
“I knew Sundance was a good competitive team,” head coach Ryan Alley said. “Defensively we had to shut down some of their 3-point shooters. We did well.”
Colter Carzoli led the way with 18 points.
Seth Kite and Connor McCafferty had identical points and rebounds with 12 and 10 a piece.
“This was an ugly game in terms of flow,” Alley said. “Sometimes it feels like you’re not doing well when that happens but they kept their heads on straight. They were able to keep going and keep pushing.”
The boys will face Riverside (1-12) at home Friday night and Rocky Mountain (9-6) away Saturday afternoon.
“Both teams are going to come to play,” Alley said, “so it should be a good weekend.”

Sundance 46, Lady Rams 45
BIG HORN — The Big Horn Lady Rams (6-9, 2-3 2A Northeast) played a good Sundance team (10-3) Saturday afternoon and lost by one.

“Defense played well enough to win,” head coach Mike Daley said, “but we’ve got to shoot better.”

The ladies were led by top scorer Bailey Bard, but fell 46-45.
“What we’re seeing is tough man-to-man like Friday night’s game,” Daley said, “and then zone coverage daring up to beat them from the outside and if you can’t, you’re in trouble.”

Next up the ladies will face Riverside (0-13) at home Friday night in a varsity-only match and then head to Rocky Mountain (5-10) Saturday morning.

“Our main focus will be shooting this week,” Daley added. “Teams are going to start packing it in and we need to be ready.”

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