SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Lady Eagles stayed on top throughout their first-round game at the 2A state tournament Thursday, defeating Thermopolis 59-39.
Tongue River squeaked through the first quarter with a two-point lead, 15-13.
“I felt like the first quarter we were getting our shots, we got some good looks at the basket,” Lady Eagles coach Dianne Moser said. “But our defense wasn’t as strong in the first half as it usually is.”
Tongue River earned a slightly stronger lead of four points by the half, going into the break up 26-22.
Moser added that in the second half her team defended Thermopolis better, noting that in the first half it seemed as though TR’s opponent couldn’t miss a shot.
Sarah Rawlings led the Lady Eagles with 16 points, though Erin Aksamit was close behind with 14. Amanda Buller put up double digits coming off the bench to add 11 and give her team a spark.
The Lady Eagles will face Wyoming Indian today at 4:30 p.m. in te semi-finals. Moser noted that their afternoon opponent will likely challenge the Lady Eagles with full-court pressure.
“We have our work cut out for us,” Moser said, adding that her team will need to cut their pressure, keep Wyoming Indian’s 3-point shoots to a minimum and rebound strong.
A win tonight will put the Lady Eagles in Saturday’s championship match against the winner of today’s Kemmerer/Sundance game.