Jr. High Lady Herders take 2020 SEWAC Championship

Coach Sunny Fleck (back row, from left), Evie Sivage, Hailey Johnson, Dalila Schmidt, Zhane Johnson, Larkyn Harford, Caitilyn Williams, Katie Albrandt, Coach Mandy Haskell, Manager Crais Fleck, Kiley Smith (front row), Kaydy Potter and Gracie Coates. (Photo by Nicole Williams/For the Independent)

Caitilyn Williams lays in a for a basket against Lusk during the Lady Herders’ first game in the SEWAC Tournament championship Dec. 4 in Burns. (Photo by Nicole Williams/For the Independent)

Kiley Smith launches at the basket for two points during the SEWAC Tourney championship game against Pine Bluffs in Burns Dec. 4. (Photo by Nicole Williams/For the Independent)

Cinthia Stimson, cinthia@glenrockind.com

Parents and fans were quickly plastering it all over social media Friday afternoon, Dec. 4 and the news was spreading like wildfire: Glenrock’s jr. high girls basketball team had won the 2020 SEWAC Tournament in Burns.

Coach Mandy Haskell said the girls worked really hard for their big win and totally deserved the championship title.

“It really was a team effort. All the kids did wonderful. I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. And, this is a wonderful way to start their high school careers,” Haskell said.

The Lady Herders started tournament play lining up against Lusk – and won – 29-14

“We played really well and we geared up well against them for the next game, which was the championship game against Pine Bluffs,” the coach said.

One win followed another, as the Herd then beat Pine Bluffs in the championship game 22-17, scoring the season tournament title.

“It was an excellent game! In the first few minutes we fell behind 1-6. The girls pushed through and came back, and we never looked back from there. It was a huge, huge group effort and we won. They did an amazing job,” Haskell said proudly.

Following the game, photos were taken of the smiling team members who held up their index fingers in the classic, “We’re number one,” hand sign.

Coming home from Burns, the team was met on the outskirts of town by Glenrock Police Department cruisers with lights flashing. The department escorted the champions back into town around 7:30 p.m.

“It was a great season. And, I know we were successful because of the hard work and support of all of the girls’ parents. They really were great,” Haskell said.

The team ended the season 10-3 overall, with 10-1 for conference play, she said.

Basketball season is over for girls’ jr. high basketball, but fret not fans – if you’re looking for continued jr. high basketball action, the jr. high boys’ team started practice this week. Their first games are the first week of January.


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