Lady Blue splits in Wrangler Classic

The Lady Blue of Shoshoni picked up an easy 48-19 win over Hanna Elk Mountain Friday morning after falling to a talented Saratoga Panther squad in the tournament opener late Thursday Afternoon 62-49. Saturday they fell to former Class 2-A Northwest opponent Riverside 45-34. The Rebels dropped to Class 1-A this season. They finished the Wrangler Classic with a 50-36 win over Meeteetse early Saturday evening.

It was a battle in the opener Thursday night with back-and-forth scoring by the Lady Blue and the Lady Panthers, but Saratoga’s propensity to cherry pick, and run an outstanding fast break foretold problems for Shoshoni.

Hailey Donelson shot over a Saratoga defender – {h/t Randy Tucker}

The Panthers fill the lanes well under the guidance of head coach Heather Bartlett, and when Shoshoni didn’t drop back after missing a shot, Saratoga threw the long pass for easy, uncontested breakaway layups.

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Shoshoni trailed just 44-41 late in the third period, but an 11-0 burst by the Panthers was the difference and they pulled away for the win.

Hailey Donelson paced the Shoshoni effort with 21 points, and Sonja Post added 13, including a pair of 3-point shots.

Abbigail Jennings broke through the Saratoga press – {h/t Randy Tucker}

The Hanna Elk Mountain game was more of a layup drill than a contest after the opening minutes. The night before Burlington led Hanna 24-0 at the half and eventually took a 47-0 lead before the Miners were able to score.

With just about everything going in their favor the only question remaining was when the running clock would begin.

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That came late in the final period.

Sonja Post set up the offense – {h/t Randy Tucker}

The Lady Blue picked up a split this weekend against Class 1-A opponents and most likely will drop a bit from their fourth-place rank in Class 2-A. Shoshoni is 5-3 overall entering the Christmas break.

Shoshoni 13 10 18  8 – 49

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Saratoga 19 16 17 10 – 62

Shoshoni – Sonja Post 4 (2) 1-1 13, Abbigail Jennings 2 0-0 4, Hailey Donelson 10 1-4 21, Tania St. Clair 3 (1) 0-4 9. Totals 19 (3) 2-9 49

Saratoga – Madison T 3 (1) 2-2 11, Allie C 1 2-6 4, Rhiwan W 8 1-3 17, Olivia E 4 (1) 2-4 13, Whitney B 3 3-6 9, Cassidy H 3 0-0 6. Totals 23 (2) 10-19 62

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