Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Lady Broncos stampede Lady Kiowas

By Sandy Anderberg

The Lady Broncos traveled to Booker before the Christmas break and brought home a huge 55-25 win. The Lady Kiowas were unable to stop the Lady Broncos as they set a strong defense.

With opening quarters of 13 points each, the Lady Broncos surged ahead by 10 at the break. They were able to maintain that lead and control the momentum in the game. They also sealed the win early in the fourth quarter.

Brianna Butler was on fire finishing with 21 points and Jensen Hatley had the hot hand from the three-point line as she nailed four three-pointers for a total of 12 points. Shaelyn Owiti hit two threes and added eight, while Berkeley Alexander added six from inside. Hannah Hommel had four, and Briley Chadwick finished the game with two.

Over the weekend, the Lady Broncos participated in the Lockney Tournament and went up against Happy in the first round. They fought to the end, but fell short by at 32-34.

They trailed the Cowgirls by five after one quarter, but only trailed by three at the break. A poor-shooting third quarter stifled the Lady Broncos somewhat and Happy was able to build a bigger lead going into the final quarter. The Lady Broncos staged a comeback, but the clock was not on their side and they lost by two.

“We had a slow start against Happy,” coach Korey Conkin said. “We have to learn to start every game with energy and intensity.”

Shaelyn Owiti led the ladies on the scoreboard with15, and Brianna Butler added nine. Berkeley Alexander put in seven, and Hannah Howard finished with two.

They took on Tahoka in the next round and suffered another close loss at 49-52. They began the game trailing their opponent, but they fought hard and worked their way back in the game in the following minutes. Tahoka led the entirety, but the Lady Broncos could not contain Tahoka’s best player.

“This was another close game against Tahoka,” Conkin said. “They had one very good shooter and we struggled to stop her. We had our chances but came up short.”

Alexander was strong inside and finished with 15 and Butler helped with 11. Chadwick had six, Hatley had five, Emily Johnson and Hommel put in three each, and Howard and Owiti added two each.

The Lady Broncos took on Ralls in the final round and easily defeated them, 77-22. It was never a contest as Ralls had trouble stopping them.

The Lady Broncos were able to shoot a little over 50 percent from the free throw line, and Owiti connected on five from the three-point line. She finished with 27 points to lead the Lady Broncos.

Butler had 16 and Alexander put in nine. Hatley, Kira Weatherton, Brandalyn Ellis, Hommel, and Chadwick each put in four points and Howard and Johnson had two each.

“This was a much better outing for the girls,” Conkin said. “We played great defense and had a total team effort where each girl scored.”

The Lady Broncos will participate in the Gruver Tournament over the holidays on December 28-30.

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