Lady Wranglers triumph over Jackson

Joan Mitchell photo Junior Trista Covill delivers a pass during the Jan. 13 victory against Jackson. Covill played a crucial role defensively, tallying 5 steals.

PINEDALE – The Pinedale High School Lady Wranglers’ basketball team overwhelmed non-conference rival Jackson at the Wrangler Gym on Friday, Jan. 13, with a resounding 61-5 victory against the Lady Broncs.

Pinedale left it all on the court in the first quarter that saw the Lady Wrangler offense score 25 points while a solid Pinedale defense held Jackson to nil. The Lady Wranglers continued their blistering pace through the next three quarters, leaving the Lady Broncs in the dust.

Head Coach Trent Bowers was pleased with the team’s performance.

“It was a good game for us,” he added. “Jackson is kind of down this year and the team is young. The (Pinedale) girls did a great job coming out and executing at a high level – they applied pressure, were defensively more aggressive, hit the boards and got more rebounds. Every girl that played scored or got a rebound – that is a big deal. We played the way we are capable of playing – fast, aggressive and sharing the ball.”

Pinedale handily won the first quarter, 25-0. Senior Haylen Sandner opened scoring with a close-range shot. Snatching a steal, senior Toree Andersen scored on a fast break.

Senior Sara Kunard found an opening in Jackson’s perimeter to score. Sandner sunk a second close-range shot.

Sophomore Gabby Rogers netted a 3-pointer. Defensive pressure by Rogers resulted in two turnovers. Rogers tossed in a layup and Kunard sunk an outside shot.

Sophomore Elyn Bowers scored her first points from the free-throw line. Kunard snagged a steal and freshman Alyxis White made a free throw.

Freshman Erica Wilson grabbed a steal. Bowers capped off the first quarter with a pair of 3-pointers.

The Lady Wranglers outmaneuvered Jackson, 16-2, in the second quarter. Kunard netted an outside shot. White broke into the paint to score. Bowers scored another 3-pointer.

White and junior Trista Covill forced a turnover. Covill sunk a point from the charity stripe. White and Covill both rustled steals. Kunard went on a 4-point run. Bowers rounded out the quarter with a layup.

Pinedale widened its lead in the third quarter, tossing in 11 points while preventing Jackson from scoring.

Sandner shot in two free throws. Bowers scored on a fast break, then netted a close-range shot and a 3-pointer. Covill nabbed a steal and Wilson scored from inside the paint.

The fourth quarter commenced with Covill netting a point at the free-throw line. White sunk a close-range shot. Covill caught a steal and Bowers scored from inside the perimeter. Sandner netted an inside shot. Covill pulled off another steal and Wilson shot in a jumper. Defensive pressure by Sandner and Covill brought Jackson’s final two possessions to a halt.

Bowers led the Lady Wranglers in scoring against Jackson with 22 points. Kunard netted 12 points, Sandner 9, Rogers and White 5 apiece, Wilson 4 while Covill and Andersen both contributed 2 points.

Sandner caught six rebounds and Kunard delivered five assists. Covill applied the defensive pressure with five steals.

Conference play intensifies this weekend with the Lady Wranglers traveling to play Lyman on Friday, Jan. 20. Pinedale hosts Mountain View on Saturday with freshmen playing at 11 a.m., junior varsity at 12:30 p.m., girls’ varsity at 2 p.m. and boys’ varsity at 3:30 p.m.

The team will buckle down to prepare for the upcoming conference games, said Coach Bowers.

“We’re excited for the challenge and the girls are excited to test themselves against Lyman and Mountain View,” he added. “We feel like we know these teams and played them over the summer. The girls will be doing their homework.”