After months of hard work, morning practices and extra drills, the Lady Herders earn their first win

Phillip Harnden photos
Mandi Tvedt takes her shot over the top of Wheatland’s defense Friday in a close game ending with Bulldogs up 46-31.

By Phillip Harnden

The crowd roared as the final buzzer sounded. Cheers, high-fives and hugs rippled across the court as the Lady Herders grabbed their first win of the season.
It’s been a long hard push for the girls team. The morning practices and extra drills have started to pay dividends on the court.
And those dividends came in the form of a 31-18 victory over Lingle-Fort Laramie Saturday evening in front of the home crowd.
“We are shooting with more confidence and we are taking care of the ball better,” coach Chris Gray said Monday.
This was evident as the game went on and the Herd’s lead continued to grow. Their confidence was growing as well, their shots were hitting their marks and the turnovers dwindled.
Yesi Hermosillo’s shooting has lead the team with 17 points against the Doggers and 13 points Friday against Wheatland.
The girls had a great showing on their home court Friday against 3A Wheatland Bulldogs as well, holding the score to a 46-31 deficit. Although it was a loss, they closed the gap and finished with the closest loss of the season and with their second highest score of the season.
All in all it was a great showing this weekend on the court from the Lady Herders.

Coach’s notes
“I’ve told them when shots fall, all aspects of their game improve because their confidence is better,” Gray said. “Mikalah Jones is a good example of this belief.”
The team’s skills are starting to gel and with that comes confidence in their abilities.
“Hermosillo’s confidence has grown with her shooting earning 13 points vs. Wheatland and 17 vs. Lingle,” Gray said. “Megan Buettgenback, Abby Nunez, Jones and Mandi Tvedt are rebounding the ball better and Tvedt is working hard on trying to get her feet set to shoot the ball.”
But, it’s not just the starters that are improving the depth of the ladies bench is coming together as well.
“Paige James is doing a great job of coming off the bench and giving us good minutes to rest players and her hustle and willingness to play all positions have helped,” he said. “Elexis Ruimveld and Abbi Cerny have come off the bench also to help with resting players during the game and playing their roles when they get into the game.”
The coach is hoping that Autumn Hiser will return to the court this week, which will help lift the team even more.

What’s next
“We play two very good teams this week and our hope is that we can continue to improve on taking care of the ball and shooting the ball with more confidence that we had this past week,” Gray continued. “We can do some damage this week versus Lusk the No. 2 ranked team and a very good Southeast team.”
Only two games lay between the team and regionals. The first is Friday against Lusk (No. 2, 17-2) with a 4 p.m. tip-off. This is also the last home game for the girls and the seniors Mikalah Jones and Megan Buettgenback will be honored.
Saturday the team heads to Yoder to for their final game against the Southeast Cyclones (No. 3, 10-9).


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