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Lady Hornets suffer early loss, bounce back for consolation


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Maddie Fornstrom attempts a shot against Wind River at the 2A State Basketball Tournament in Casper Friday. The Lady Hornets suffered an early loss to Lovell, but still came away with a consolation trophy

The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets certainly didn't plan on losing their first game in the 2A Wyoming Girls State Basketball Tournament held last week.

Unfortunately, that's how their state tournament started, but they were able to come away with a consolation win.

The Lady Hornets got off to a slow start against Lovell, giving up 24 turnovers.

"We did not play good basketball against Lovell," head coach Lindsey Forbes said. "You can't give up 24 turnovers and expect to win."

Forbes said she thought the slow start was due to the majority of the team having never played on the state stage. It could have been nerves or simply inexperience she said.

Pine Bluffs wouldn't let the loss ruin the rest of their state tournament weekend, however.

First thing Friday morning, the Lady Hornets faced off against Wind River, earning a 63-41 win.

"We had to bounce back," Forbes said. "We shot the ball better against Wind River."

The next morning, Pine Bluffs faced Niobrara County (Lusk) for a shot at the consolation trophy.

"I was really proud of the defense our girls played against Lusk," Forbes said of the game.

Lusk struggled against Pine Bluffs' defense throughout the matchup - and the Lady Hornets knew it.

Before Pine Bluffs defeated Lusk, the lead changed nine times. Kammie Ragsdale and Hyleigh Fornstrom contributed 15 and 16 points respectively.

Against Wind River, Fornstrom and Ragsdale each had a double-double. with Ragsdale sinking 23 points and earning 12 rebounds.

Equally impressive was Fornstrom with her 13 points and 17 rebounds.

The Lady Hornets are a team with a lot of young talent. With only two seniors expected to department, Forbes expects the team to be strong next year.

In order to come back from Casper next year in first place, the Lady Hornets will need to work on their perimeter shooting, Forbes said.

"That's something that takes a long time to work on," Forbes said.


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