Never give up: Lady Herders continue to push themselves toward victory despite setbacks

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Abby Nunez stays aggressive against Newcastle Friday as she grabs a rebound.

By Phillip Harnden

The Lady Herders have been fighting an uphill battle all season with a disappointing 0-2 conference record and 0-13 overall record.
But scores and records don’t paint an accurate picture of a team and the heart behind them.
For these ladies the drive to improve, the motivation to win is still there, and as coach Chris Gray says, “They are improving every week.”
The ladies still show up to the games ready to win, and they are aggressive every minute of the clock.
“The girls continue to want to get better and we have,” Gray said Sunday after their latest defeat, a runaway 62-15 game against Newcastle Saturday.
“We need to be consistent in executing our press breakers and on offense,” Gray continued. “The girls are also playing with a lot of pride and know that in order to get where they want to be they need to change some practice habits and they have.”
Gray continues to help the girls improve and  they hope to grab some wins over the next few weeks.
“Autumn Hiser has led us in scoring the past few weeks and continues to lead us in rebounding also,” Gray said. “Yesi Hermosillo is playing really hard and has a tough job of handling the ball and getting the girls in the right positions on defense and offense. Megan Buettgenback has done a great job of leading us off the court as well as Mikalah Jones the other senior is doing a good job also. Paige James is really playing well for a freshman that has to step in and play all positions. Mandi Tvedt is working on getting more consistent in her shooting and we have have around five or six girls that come in at 6:20 am.. on Mondays and Wednesdays to work on shooting for about an hour, they need to be commended for the extra effort also.”
But this isn’t the first year of difficulty getting the W’s. The Lady Herders have only had 5 wins in four seasons (including this year).
The team will get a chance to put their extra practice to the test when they face Lusk (#1) at 6 p.m. Friday at Lusk and then host Southeast (#4) at 3 p.m. Saturday. 


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