Lady Wranglers earn No. 3 seed at Regionals
MOUNTAIN VIEW – The Lady Wranglers finished out their regular season with a tightly fought match against archrival Mountain View on Feb. 26. Hitting the court full throttle in the first and second quarters, Pinedale found itself ahead, 25-17, when the halftime buzzer sounded.
Mountain View answered back with a series of 3-pointers to edge ahead by a single possession at the end of the third quarter. The Buffaloes held the lead through the fourth quarter for the win, 50-45.
“We played an outstanding first half, well enough to take a seven-point lead at halftime,” said head coach Mike Davis. “Mountain View starting hitting shots as good teams will do on their own floor in the third quarter. We had a lull in the third quarter and didn’t shoot the ball well enough from the perimeter. While we had good defense on the interior, we lacked it in the perimeter.”
The Lady Wranglers played Mountain View again in the opening round of the 3A Southwest Quadrant Regionals hosted by Kemmerer on Thursday, March 4. Results were not available at press time.
“We plan to work on playing consistent basketball all four quarters,” coach Davis said. “We just hope the girls keep a positive attitude and stay focused and play Lady Wrangler basketball.”
Pinedale defense dominated the court in the first quarter on Feb. 26, holding Mountain View to five points while the Lady Wrangler offense launched 11 points. Junior Roxanne Rogers shot in a pair of 2-pointers and made a free throw. Senior Alaine Liserio made a pair of free throws and junior Abigail Hawke shot in a 2-pointer and double free throws.
Pinedale continued to keep the pressure on through the second quarter, outscoring Mountain View, 14-12. Seniors Grace Davis and Emma Rogers both added a basket from inside the paint to the tally. Kia Hansen shot in a deep 3-pointer. Sophomore Sara Kunard came in and made good on two shots from the charity stripe.
During the third quarter, the Buffaloes dropped in 19 points while Pinedale scored nine. Roxanne Rogers, Liserio, Hansen and Hawke kept Pinedale on the scoreboard.
Mountain View outscored the Lady Wranglers in a close final quarter, 14-11. Roxanne Rogers unleashed three 2-pointers. Emma Rogers scored a 2-pointer and a free throw.
Roxanne Rogers finished the match with 19 points. Liserio and Hawke shot in six points apiece, Emma Rogers scored five, Hansen four, Davis three and Kunard two.
Roxanne Rogers led in rebounds, catching a total of eight against Mountain View. Hawke grabbed seven rebounds and Emma Rogers six.
Defensively, the Lady Wranglers outplayed their opponent in steals. Davis, Roxanne Rogers, Emma Rogers and Abigail Hawke each snatched two steals. Liserio rounded the tally out with one steal.