WYOMING – Revenge is a dish best served cold – in the form of a 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining on the clock. The Lady Wranglers found redemption in a 44-42 victory over conference archrival Mountain View on Friday, Jan. 22.
Senior Kia Hansen scored a buzzer-beating deep shot from outside the perimeter that sealed the deal for Pinedale and knocked the defending 2020 3A West Regional Champions down a few notches.
“It’s been awhile since we beat Mountain View,” said head coach Mike Davis. “I thought we played our best team defense of the season and held (Mountain View) to a 33-percent scoring average, well below their average. Our guards played well – Alaine Liserio had a great game. Emma Rogers and Abigail Hawke caught a lot of rebounds, preventing Mountain View from scoring.”
Less than 24 hours later, the Lady Wranglers boarded the bus and traveled to Bridger Valley to take on another 3A conference powerhouse, Lyman. The tightly-contested, physical game ended regulation tied, 54-54.
During an intense overtime period, Lyman managed to outscore its rival and take the win, 64-60.
“We did well in the first half – our guards played strong and complimented our posts,” said coach Davis. “Lyman’s MO is to get you to turn the ball over, and we had too many turnovers (in the second half).”
Liserio kept up Pinedale’s energy up against the Eagles and played her “best game of the year,” according to Davis, with seven rebounds and 10 points.
The team looks forward to another showdown with Mountain View and Lyman, Davis added.
“One win or loss doesn’t define us. It’s just great to beat one of the top-ranked teams and play another to within one possession.”
Dominating the first half, the Lady Wranglers established a six-point lead when the halftime buzzer sounded, 24-18. Pinedale widened the gap to seven points in the third quarter.
The Eagles turned the tables and invaded Pinedale’s paint to overtake the Lady Wranglers by a point as time ran out on the scoreboard. Hansen wound up and launched her 3-pointer for the win.
Junior Roxanne Rogers led scoring against the Buffaloes, tossing in 16 points, including six of seven free throws. Hansen scored 10 points for Pinedale, including three outside shots. Seniors Emma Rogers and Grace Davis each added six points to the tally. Liserio and Hawke both shot in three points.
Hawke led the team in offensive and defensive rebounds, catching nine. Roxanne Rogers played a strong offense with five assists. Roxanne Rogers and Davis both caught three steals.
The first quarter set the tone for the match, ending in a 16-16 stalemate. Pinedale took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles, 19-12, to take the lead, 35-28.
Lyman reversed its fortunes in the third quarter, dropping in 19 points and holding Pinedale to 10.
The Eagles shot in a 2-pointer to tie the game up at 52-52 with two minutes remaining in the final quarter. Hansen batted the ball away from the Eagles and sent it into Davis’ hands. Davis broke away for a 2-pointer, putting Pinedale in the lead. Lyman managed a 2-pointer to tie Pinedale and force the game into overtime.
Lyman launched a seven-point run in overtime. Emma Rogers edged in a free throw, but Lyman replied with three more points from the charity stripe.
Hansen shot in a 3-pointer and Rogers made two points from the charity stripe. Lyman took possession in the remaining seconds to score the win.
Roxanne Rogers tossed in 15 points against the Eagles, making 10 of 12 free throws. Emma Rogers scored 11 points. Liserio added 10 points to the tally, including a three 2-pointers in the first quarter.
Hawke and Hansen both shot in eight points. Davis contributed six points and sophomore Sara Kunard two.
Hansen caught eight total rebounds, with Liserio and Hawke both playing seven. Roxanne Rogers again shared the ball well with five assists. Roxanne Rogers and Hansen both pulled off three steals, while Davis, Kunard, Liserio, Emma Rogers and Hawke each snatched two steals.