PINEDALE – Barreling toward the postseason full speed, the Lady Wranglers scored a significant 69-38 win over 3A Quadrant rival Kemmerer on Feb. 19. With one more week left in the regular season, the girls’ basketball team proved that it is ready to inflict damage against any conference rival standing in the way.
At the final home game, the team honored four seniors – Grace Davis, Kia Hansen, Alaine Liserio and Emma Rogers.
“Paying tribute to great girls that were involved in Wrangler basketball for four years was a bittersweet moment,” said head coach Mike Davis.
The Lady Wranglers opened the game with a commanding lead in the first quarter, and unleashed a brutal offensive in both the third and fourth quarters.
“We played really good basketball,” said coach Davis. “Roxanne Rogers led us in scoring. Emma Rogers had a phenomenal night and shot in a 3-pointer. Alaine Liserio came out strong and super aggressive and filled in the stat sheet well. Kia Hansen and Abigail Hawke came in and rebounded the ball well and had steals. Sara Kunard and Grace Davis came in and handled the ball really well.”
Showing no mercy in the first quarter, the Lady Wranglers scored 21 points while a powerful defense held Kemmerer to a single free throw. Roxanne Rogers hit the court with three 2-pointers and an outside shot. Kunard tossed in a deep 3-pointer. Liserio, Hawke and Emma Rogers added a 2-pointer apiece.
Kemmerer slowed Pinedale’s momentum in the second quarter. Roxanne Rogers and Kunard kept the Lady Wranglers on the scoreboard. When the halftime buzzer sounded, Pinedale led, 25-13.
The Lady Wranglers returned from the locker room ready to draw blood. Pinedale trounced Kemmerer in the third quarter, outscoring their rivals, 22-11. Hawke, Emma Rogers and Roxanne Rogers each tossed in a pair of 2-pointers. Kunard added her second outside shot to the scorebook. Davis, Liserio and junior Hadli Nate each rounded out the tally with a 2-pointer.
The Lady Wranglers widened the gap in the final quarter, scoring 22 points to 14 from the Lady Rangers. Emma Rogers and Davis both scored a 3-pointer and 2-pointer. Roxanne Rogers stepped up to the charity stripe and made three of four free throws. Sophomore Mandy Majhanovich entered the fray and made a pair of 2-pointers.
When the dust settled, the Lady Wranglers boasted an impressive nine-player point spread. Roxanne Rogers scored 21 points, Emma Rogers 12, Kunard and Hawke eight, Davis seven, Liserio five, Majhanovich four and Nate and Hansen two.
The Lady Wranglers excelled in rebounds, with Roxanne Rogers catching eight offensive and defensive rebounds and Liserio and Hansen both catching seven. The team shared the ball well with 15 assists, including five from Roxanne Rogers and four by Liserio.
Defensively, Pinedale pulled off 23 steals. Roxanne Rogers played nine steals, Hansen four and Liserio three. Davis, Kunard and Hawke caught two steals apiece. Junior Olivia Edwards played one steal.