DAYTON — The Tongue River Lady Eagles are headed to state as the No. 1 seed from the East after a win over the Southeast Cyclones in the championship round of the 2A East regional tournament Saturday.
Eight Lady Eagles saw court time and each girl contributed to the final score of 55-41.
Sarah Rawlings was top shot with 15 points, while Allison Reed was high rebounder claiming six and Tara Stimpson offered the most assists with four.
Kortni Sharp, leading scorer from the night before and consistent performer throughout the season, went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury and was benched, making room for freshman Kylee Knobloch to shine.
Knobloch came off the bench in the second half and was defensively paired with the Cyclones top scorer. In the half she played, Knobloch scored the second most points for the team making double digits. Sharp was later able to return to the game and contribute seven points but the game may have been a lot closer if not for Knobloch’s 10.
“The kids did a great job defensively, again,” head coach Dianne Moser said. “We put some pressure on them and forced them into some turnovers with our zone defense and full-court pressure.”
The Lady Eagles will now face West’s No. 4 Thermopolis at Casper College on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Tongue River defeated Thermopolis in the first weekend of the season without regular stars Rawlings and Stimpson, who were both out with injuries. Both teams have learned and grown throughout the season but Moser is confident in the match.
“They are a good team and we respect their program,” she said, “but like I said, we’re just playing really good right now.”
A win over Thermopolis will put the Lady Eagles in the semi-finals at the Casper Events Center on Friday at 4:30 p.m. facing the winner of the Pine Bluffs/Wyoming Indian match. A loss will pair Tongue River with the loser of that match in the consolation round at 9 a.m. Friday.
Lady Rams end season at regionals
BIG HORN — The Big Horn Lady Rams will not be attending the state tournament after falling to Sundance on Saturday afternoon.
With a final score of 50-39 the Lady Rams season has come to an end.
Leading scorer was Jadyn Mirich putting 10 on the board. Hanneah Puckett and Amelia Ponce each scored nine and Bailey Bard scored seven.
Sundance’s Kaci O’Connor played another hot game Saturday, scoring 31 points.
“When you play them you understand she is going to score and you hope to keep the other four from scoring,” head coach Mike Daley said. “We struggled with this as the other four combined for 19 points.”
Daley said he is sad to see his seniors go but grateful for the experience they have passed down to the younger girls.
“I am very proud of our seniors and thankful for their leadership throughout the season,” he said. “They played with a lot of emotion and they will be missed.”
The Arvada-Clearmont girls were also knocked out Saturday, losing to Hulett 64-46. Details and statistics from the game were unavailable from AC coach Farrah Patterson.