LHS Lady Eagles took 3A W championship

Lady Eagle Caroline Bradshaw on the drive in Lyman’s game against Pinedale. Bradshaw put up four consecutive 3-point shots for the Lady Eagles in their championship game last week against Pinedale. COURTESY PHOTO/Chary Young Porter

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The LHS Lady Eagles aced the 3A West Regional tournament, soared over Pinedale Lady Wranglers, 50-33, and are headed to the state tournament this week in Casper as the #1 W seed.

Although the Lady Wranglers etched out a win over the Lady Eagles earlier in the regular season, the game that meant the most was the one last Saturday at the regional tournament.

They played #4 E seed Torrington yesterday. A win pits them against the winner of the Douglas/Powell game. A loss pits them against the loser of the same game.

LHS head coach Jason Hansen said Monday, “We are really excited about how we are getting better each week. The girls played extremely hard every night and I was proud of their effort.

“Everyone played a part in the victory and was a total team effort all three games. We were really excited for Caroline Bradshaw to hit four consecutive 3's in the championship game giving us a really big boost,” Hansen said.

“We are just taking one game at a time, and so we are only worried about Torrington and how to get past the first round. We are playing really good defense right now, and we are hoping that this will make us play on Saturday,” Hansen said.

In the Lady Eagles’ kickoff game of the regional tournament last week on Thursday against the #3 N Worland Lady Warriors, the #2 S Lady Eagles took the game by one, with a score of 42-41. They trailed by one as the game was nearing the end. Lady Eagle Sage Bradshaw was able to net a basket with .45 seconds left in the game to give Lyman a one-point edge, 42-41.

Lyman had put up the first three points of the game with a basket by Sage Bradshaw followed by one from the foul line as she was fouled on the shot. This lead bit the dust as Worland sent up a three near the five-minute mark left in the first quarter.
Lyman was able to keep the momentum and the one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 9-8.

In the second quarter, neither team added many points to their score. Lyman added six points, and Worland added 11 so Worland had a four-point lead at the half, 19-15.

Back on the hardwood in the second half, Lyman cut Worland’s lead from six to two. Worland maintained the lead in the third, fluctuating from one to five points. Lyman continued to fight back and kept the score close a bucket at the buzzer brought the Lady Eagles within two points of the Lady Warriors at the end of the third, 30-28.

In the fourth, Worland continued to edge out a lead. Near the two-minute mark, the Lady Eagles took a one-point advantage, 40-39, but a basket by Worland reversed the one-point lead. That is when, with .45 seconds left, Sage Bradshaw sent one-up-for-two points to give the Lady Eagles the one-point win.

The put the Lady Eagles up against the Lady Panthers of Powell on Friday afternoon. The first quarter was tight with Powell taking a one-point lead twice in the quarter. The Lady Eagles maintained and basically held the lead in the first with the score at the end of the quarter, 16-11.

Two wins sent Lyman to the championship game against the Pinedale Lady Wranglers. Pinedale had earned the #1 seed of the tournament as they had beaten both Lyman and Mountain View in the regular season. By Pinedale taking #1, it dropped Lyman to #2.

The score at the end of the first quarter against Pinedale was 10-6, with the Eagles leading. In this quarter, Caroline Bradshaw put up her first 3-pointer. She would add three more consecutive threes in the game so she hit four of four from the field.

The Lady Eagles added eight points to their score in the second quarter while Pinedale added seven Lyman led by three points at the end of the half, 18-15. The Eagles were nailing baskets from the field while they held down Pinedale. Pinedale’s ace-shot Bowers was having a hard time putting up and sinking baskets due to Lyman’s defense.

Back on the hardwood in the second half, Lyman continued to keep the lead by a few to seven points. The Lady Eagles were hot on the rebounds and grabbing the ball. Lady Eagle Paige Rose put up a three, went to the bonus line and added one turning her play into a four-point play for the Lady Eagles. The score at the end of the third was nine-points in favor of Lyman, 33-24.

Ashtyn Wells also increased the lead in the fourth to 14-points following a jump shot with 5:50 left in the game. The Lady Eagles stayed in control through the rest of the game and added more points than Pinedale. Lyman’s bench got some action near the end of the fourth and Annalene France added one point for Lyman from the bonus line. With 3:30 left in the game, Lyman had a 19-point lead. Also Falyn Youngberg added two points from the line for Lyman. The score at the end of the game was 50-33. Lyman claimed the girls championship.