CASPER — The Tongue River Lady Eagles finished a perfect season with a state championship win Saturday afternoon.
Finishing what many thought they would after entering the 2A girls state tournament with a 25-0 record, the Lady Eagles held off three challengers over the weekend, including the upstart Thermopolis Bobcats Saturday, 41-30, in the final.
Thermopolis knocked the Big Horn Lady Rams out of the winners bracket Thursday with a last-second shot and then beat Southeast Friday to earn their berth in the title game.
Lady Eagles’ senior post player Sarah Nielsen scored 13 points and sharp-shooter Megan Meyers scored 12. Meyers’ four made 3-pointers provided an offensive spark for the Lady Eagles, and Nielsen shot five of seven from the field.
The Lady Eagles led 23-18 at halftime. Withstanding a 5 of 7 shooting half from behind the arc from the Lady Bobcats, the Lady Eagles would hold their opponent to just 12 points in the second half, and roll to the title.
The Lady Eagles celebrate their 2013 2A Girls State Championship in front of fans Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2013 at the Casper Events Center.
The 2013 state championship is the first for the Lady Eagles since 2010, and it’s the eighth title for head coach Dianne Moser.
See Monday’s Sheridan Press for more.