KEMMERER – Basketball season came to a close for the Lady Wranglers in the all-or-nothing opening round at the 3A Southwest Quadrant Regionals hosted by Kemmerer on March 4.
Pinedale fell to Mountain View, 52-44, in a hard-fought battle where the winner advanced in the 3A West Regionals and a chance at State while the other team went home.
The Buffalos set up a nine-point lead by halftime. Despite a strong third period where the Lady Wranglers scored double their opponent's points, Mountain View maintained the lead and took the win.
"We played a really good, determined, connected basketball team," said head coach Mike Davis. "It was a really tough way to end the season. The coaches told the girls that the game did not detract from the fact that we had a really good, winning season. There was so much on the line, and all the girls played with extreme effort."
In a close first quarter, Mountain View scored 10 points to seven from Pinedale. Junior Roxanne Rogers shot in a 3-pointer and made two of two free throws. Senior Grace Davis put herself on the scoreboard with a 2-pointer.
Mountain View widened the gap in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Wranglers, 17-11. Senior Alaine Liserio scored a pair of baskets from inside the paint. Senior Kia Hansen added a deep outside shot and two free throws to the tally.
At halftime, the score stood at 27-18 in Mountain View's favor.
Refusing to let Mountain View off without a fight, the Lady Wranglers roared back in the third quarter, scoring 17 points while the Pinedale defense held its opponent to nine points. Davis, Roxanne Rogers, sophomore Sara Kunard and Hansen each shot in 3-pointers. Liserio scored a 2-pointer and a free throw.
Mountain View surged ahead in the final quarter, scoring 16 points to eight by Pinedale. Liserio and Davis kept the Lady Wranglers on the scoreboard offensively.
Roxanne Rogers finished the match with 12 points, Liserio 11, Davis nine, Hansen eight and Kunard three.
Senior Emma Rogers led in rebounds, catching a total of 10 offensively and defensively. Hansen grabbed seven rebounds and Liserio six. Hansen played six assists with Roxanne Rogers at three and Emma Rogers two. Hansen snatched three steals and Emma Rogers two.