By Cynthia Shroyer
Pine Bluffs Post staff 

Sundance ends Lady Broncs season

 

Patrick Cossel

Mckayla Ward eyes the basket Thursday at the 2A Regional Tournament. The Lady Broncs lost to Big Horn and Sundance.

A close first half was not enough effort to give the Burns Lady Broncs a chance to advance in 2A District competition Friday. After losing their first game 26-43 to Big Horn, the Ladies found themselves in the loser out bracket facing Sundance. A 39-43 loss their sent the Ladies home to contemplate next season.

Big Horn came out strong with a 17-9 first quarter at Tongue River High School. Burns was scoreless in the second quarter, but was able to make some plays on defense to hold Big Horn to only four points. Burns improved coming out of the locker room, putting 11 points on the board while Big Horn tacked on 12. The fourth quarter saw the Lady Broncs hit for six points as they watched Big Horn increase their lead by 10.

Mckenzie Ward was the leading scorer for the Lady Broncs with 11 points. Mckayla Ward and Mardi O’Neal each added four points, while Megan Marker and Bri Bocox tacked on three. Jessica Malm added one from the free throw line.

On Friday, the team was playing for its post-season life and found themselves face-to-face with Sundance, a team they had defeated soundly in the early regular season. Burns lead the first quarter 12-11. A 7-4 second quarter put the Lady Broncs up 19-15 at the half. The third quarter was Burns undoing, as the team found the basket for nine points, while allowing Sundance in the key for 17. The teams knotted at 11 in the fourth quarter, leaving the Lady Broncs at a four-point deficit to end the game.


All players on the court for Burns found the basket to contribute offensively. Mckenzie Ward led the team with nine points. Malm and Marker added six each. Mckayla Ward tacked on five, while Chelsea Engel and Alex McCart put up four each. O’Neal and Hailey Pyle connected four two apiece, and Bocox added a point from the charity stripe.

On the season, Mckenzie Ward led the team with 325 points. Sister Mckayla Ward connected for 178. Alex McCart pulled down 141 boards to lead the team in season-long rebounding.

Patrick Cossel

 

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