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Lady Hornets move on to State Tournament


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Pine Bluffs senior Azhane Bufford shoots for two of her 13 points against Big Horn in the opening round of the 2A Regional Tournament last Thursday in Cheyenne. The Lady Hornets took second place in the tournament and play in the State Tournament this week in Casper.

Continuing on the path they started out on at the beginning of the year, the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets are headed to the state tournament in Casper this weekend.

Pine Bluffs will be entering the tournament as a number two seed. Their first game will be against number three seed Kemmerer.

The last obstacle on their path to the state tournament was regional play.

The Lady Hornets kicked off the regional tournament with a close win against Big Horn, 67-63.

Hot-handed shooter Kammie Ragsdale led in scoring with 24 points.

The Lady Hornets came out shooting in the first quarter putting up 14 points. Not to be outdone, Big Horn came out just a little hotter as they scored 19.

The second quarter went the way of Pine Bluffs as the girls scored 20. Big Horn did their best to pace them but could only muster 14.

At the half, the Lady Hornets had the lead, 34-33.

Pine Began to get some separation in the third as they scored 20 to Big Horns' 16.

In the fourth it was Big Horn out-scoring Pine Bluffs but only by one point. The one-point difference was not enough to overcome the Lady Hornets as the final buzzer rang out.

"Great game by both teams," Coach Lindsey Forbes said. "Big Horn shot the ball extremely well and we seemed to find a way to keep answering. Our girls did a great job of sharing the basketball and finding Kammie Ragsdale, who had the hot hand tonight."

Azhane Bufford followed Ragsdale in scoring with 13. She was followed by Melissa Fornstrom with nine, Jadyn Golding had eight, Sierra Shelit had seven, and Montanna Chrystal had six.

The win against Big Horn sent the Lady Hornets against Wright. The Lady Hornets once again had solid offense as they went on to win 64-47.

Wright had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 12-10, but then Pine Bluffs' offense went to work. The Lady Hornets scored 22 in the second quarter to take a 32-20 halftime lead.

Pine Bluffs continued to score well in the third quarter putting up 19 points while holding Wright to 10.

Wright finished strong in the fourth with 17 points but couldn't overcome the large deficit. Pine Bluffs won 64-47.

Ragsdale led again in scoring with 15. She was followed closely by Shelit with 14. Chrystal had 12, Bufford scored 11, Golding had seven and Fornstrom had five.

Trying to keep the momentum alive, the ladies entered their last game of the regional tournament set to play against Southeast. Pine Bluffs' most recent game against Southeast was on Feb. 19 where they lost a close one, 50-46. Before then, they faced them on Feb. 5, where it was Pine Bluffs walking away with an overtime win, 43-41.

With a season record of 1-1 against Southeast, the stage was set for a great game.

The Lady Hornets came out shooting and put up 10 points in the first quarter. Their defense was solid as they muddied the shooting lanes for Southeast and held them to seven.

Southeast was able to find some cleaner lanes as they scored 13 in the second; however, the Lady Hornets were on a roll as they added 14 more to their score. At the half Pine Bluffs had the lead 24-20.

It was Southeast closing the gap in the third quarter as they held the Lady Hornets to 11 points while scoring 15. This tied the game at 35.

Then the fourth quarter happened. The Lady Hornets appeared to just run out of gas as the physical demands of the weekend seem to catch up to them.

On offense they could only muster five points. Southeast was able to do just enough to keep scoring and push out a win, 48-40.

The loss to Southeast positioned the Lady Hornets as a second seed at the state tournament in Casper. The girls will play their first game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Casper at Casper College.

It was Bufford who led the scoring effort against Southeast with 12. She was followed by Chrystal and Golding with eight each. Shelit had five, Fornstrom had four and Ragsdale had three.


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