Lady Wranglers sweep Powell, Lovell
WYOMING – The Lady Wranglers continued to make waves in the 3A West Division, trouncing Powell on Friday, Feb. 5, and defeating Lovell on Saturday. The wins kept Pinedale in the 3A Southwest Quads No. 2 position, with a 9-4 overall record and 2-1 conference record. Lyman remained in the No. 1 spot with a 3-0 conference record.
Establishing a commanding lead over Powell in the opening quarter, the Lady Wranglers took its opponent down, 52-45, on Friday. Pinedale maintained their energy the following day and dominated the first half against Lovell to score a 55-43 win.
“The girls did really well this weekend,” said head coach Mike Davis. “That’s a long trip up to Lovell and Powell, and it’s nice to make it worth our time. Two wins are a testament that the girls are coming together as a team.”
Hitting the court running early in the match, Pinedale’s offense and defense combined into a formidable force.
“We had a really good first quarter against Powell with a 17-4 lead,” said Coach Davis. “The team started the game with focus and defensive pressure. Grace Davis and Roxanne Rogers both had two 3-pointers, opening up our lead.”
Powell managed to outscore Pinedale, 10-8, in a physical second quarter. Davis, Roxanne Rogers and Sara Kunard kept the Lady Wranglers on the scoreboard.
Battling through an intense third quarter, Pinedale shot in 16 points to 15 by Powell. Davis scored another basket from outside the perimeter. Roxanne Rogers added a pair of 2-pointers and Alaine Liserio, Emma Rogers and Abigail Hawke each contributed two points.
Powell answered back in the final quarter, outscoring Pinedale, 16-11, but its effort was not enough to close the gap. Roxanne Rogers tossed in a 2-pointer, a 3-pointer and made all four free throws before the final buzzer sounded.
Roxanne Rogers finished the game with 21 points. Davis scored 16 points, Kia Hansen five and Liserio four. Kunard, Emma Rogers and Hawke each rounded the tally out with two points.
Hawke demonstrated her talent at catching rebounds, grabbing four on both offense and defense. Roxanne Rogers continued to set up successful plays with six assists. She also proved herself in defense, leading the team with four steals. Hawke forced turnovers with three blocks.
The Lady Wranglers took the initiative against the Bulldogs right away, finding themselves ahead at halftime by a 13-point margin. The team scored 23 points in the second quarter alone.
“We came out very focused and scored 39 points on the first half, which was awesome,” said Coach Davis. “There was a lull in the third period, but we were still able to win by 12 points. Emma Rogers and Abigail Hawke kept Powell’s best offensive player in check, keeping her scoring low. Grace Davis, Roxanne Rogers and Kia Hansen did really well controlling the ball out front. Alaine Liserio had a standout game against Lovell – her best in the season.”
The Bulldogs outscored Pinedale, 10-5, in the third quarter. Roxanne Rogers and Emma Rogers both kept the Lady Wranglers in the game offensively. A hotly contested final quarter ended with Pinedale outshooting the Bulldogs, 11-10.
Roxanne Rogers led scoring again with 20 points. Liserio added 13 points to the tally and Davis six. Hansen and Emma Rogers both tossed in five points. Hawke scored four points and Kunard two.
Emma Rogers played eight rebounds, five on defense and three on offense. Hansen played three assists. Liserio stormed the court defensively, forcing turnovers on her opponent with five steals.
Coach Davis said the team looks forward to defending the home court against Lyman and Lander.
“We will continue to work on reducing our turnover and execution in half-court offense.”