Young, but willing to grow

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Sophomore Adelaide Williams attempts to save the ball heading out of bounds early in last Friday’s game against Greybull at the Herder Classic.

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Cinthia Stimson cinthia@glenrockind.com

Lady Herder basketball is in full swing now, following last week’s Herder Classic Dec. 13-14 at Glenrock High School.
In Friday’s first game, the Lady Herders took on Greybull and lost 29-21 to the Lady Buffs.
“We got into foul trouble and we missed free throws. Greybull made theirs,” head coach Chris Gray said Monday.
In spite of that, GHS freshman Skylar Harford put up 9 points and senior Mandi Tvedt added 5 more.
On game two the same day, the Lady Herders faced the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizz, falling 56-23 against the tougher, more experienced team.
“Basically turnovers were a factor in that game. They’ve got a really good basketball team, one of the best in the state,” Gray explained.
“The Lady Grizz won all of the games in our tourney by 30 points. They’re really skilled kids and their best players are all seniors,” he said.
High scorers Tvedt and junior Abbi Cerny scored 6 points each.
“In all of the games, the effort was really good by all of the kids. We’re correcting mistakes. They played really hard and did all we asked of them,” Gray said.
On Saturday the Lady Herders were matched up against Kaycee’s Lady Bucs.
After another hard-fought game, the Herders lost their third game in a row for the weekend, 35-16.
“Our shooting wasn’t very good in that game. We had the shots they just didn’t go in,” Gray said.
The team has good chemistry and work together well, Gray said. The older players who have the most experience are helping the younger players in all of the practice drills.
The team lost four seniors last year to graduation – Yesi Hermosillo, Abby Nunez, Autumn Hiser and Annelise Clark, meaning many of the Lady Herders coming up are young and need games under their belts.
“This year we’re starting three sophomores. We’re working on gaining confidence, doing the things we do fundamentally correct. Things will come together. Because we’re fairly young, we need to gain some experience,” Gray said.
The biggest strength the Lady Herders have is the amount of effort they put into everything they do and their desire to improve on a daily basis.
Gray cited positive attributes to his players and team, mentioning Tvedt’s willingness to play all positions, Harford’s strength on the offensive end and her desire to improve on defense, including rebounding. Adelaide Williams’ effort and willingness to keep each player going at all times is also noticed by the coaching staff.
Emma Weiser is improving and working on her shots. Cerny is a good shooter and is working on being more aggressive on her rebounding and defense skills. Lastly, Alyssa Collier is small in stature, but the team counts on her to give them a lift and she is willing to play in all positions, giving the team her best, the coach said.
“Our last upperclassman that is willing to learn and give it her best is Courtney Taper,” he said. “We have a lot of young players that are coming along really well.”
The biggest thing the Lady Herders need to work on, he noted, is being aggressive, yet under control to limit their fouling.
The team heads to Lusk this weekend for another tournament on Friday.

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