Lady Huskies celebrate Senior Night with win

Stephanie Tolman

The Lady Huskies sailed past two more opponents this week and are now ranked third in 1A behind Cokeville and Upton.
Friday, Burlington traveled to Ft. Washakie where the Lady Huskies won 74-16. “The girls could not miss in the first quarter,” said Coach Cheryl Haslam. “We made three 3s. It seemed whatever they shot, it went in. It was nice to see. They were moving the ball really well on offense and playing tough defense.”
The Lady Huskies outscored Ft. Washakie 31-7 in that 1st quarter and held the Eagles to zero points in the second quarter. “We were able to try several different things on offense and the girls did a good job of running different plays and looking for the best ‘wide open’ shot. It’s been so nice to be able to rely on our bench players. We are able to sub anyone in and out and the play doesn’t change on the court. They are working well together, no matter who’s in the game.”
Everyone who played contributed points to the scoreboard. Jessie Michaels led the way with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and seven steals. Breanne Walker and Paxton Philpott each added 10 points and four steals. Selena Call led rebounds with seven and added eight points.
On Saturday, Burlington hosted Dubois in their last home game of the season and Senior Night. “The girls came out and played well,” said Haslam. “We had a
pretty solid game, other than the third quarter. We seem to come out slow from the locker room and it takes us a bit to get going again. But during the whole game, the girls were able to work the ball around on offense and practice things that we need to for faster paced games. They are getting much better at seeing the open person and finding holes in the other team’s defense.”
Michaels led once again with 16 points and six rebounds. Philpott was close behind with 11 points and five steals. Walker contributed 10 points, eight steals and three assists. Call led once again in rebounds with seven.
In the last week of regular season play, the Lady Huskies will head to Greybull on Thursday, JV playing at 4 and varsity at 5:30 p.m. and will face Riverside in Basin on Saturday with JV at 4 and varsity at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Huskies have three seniors this year.
Here’s how Coach Haslam described them and their contributions:
“Jessie is an outstanding player and leader.  It has been so much fun getting to coach her for all four years of her high school career.  She has played on the varsity team since her freshman year.  She scored 1,000 points as a junior.  In many ways last year, she was a senior and it was pretty tough on her when that group of girls graduated.  But, despite that, she has really stepped up and become a leader for us this year.  Many of the girls look up to her on and off the court.  We are really going to miss her next year, but I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her. 
“Selena is a much better player than she gives herself credit for.  Every year since she was a freshman, we talk about being confident on offense.  She’s got defense down and is a defensive powerhouse for us.  She was starting to really come along in offense last year and then tore her ACL early in the season.  She was out for the remainder of the season.  This was really tough for all of us.  She stuck with her physical therapy and has done really well with her knee this year.  She will tell you that she loves to play defense and you can really see that on the court.  She’s beginning to gain confidence on offense and I see her having some great games at regionals. 
“Joey decided to be our manager this year.  She was given the opportunity to become an FFA officer and she knew that would interfere with our basketball schedule.  She made the decision to manage, so that she could still be a part of the team.  I’m so glad that she did.  I’ve had her since she was a freshman and she brings some great things to our team.  She has done a great job with stats this year because she already knew what I expected from playing for the past three years.  She is a leader, even though she doesn’t play.  She encourages the girls and keeps them on their toes.  She’s a huge help to me in practice and in games as well.”

Ft. Washakie   7    0  3   6 — 16
Burlington      31  17  9  17 — 74
BURLINGTON — Walker 4-10 0-0 10, McNulty 2-3 0-2 5, Call 4-6 0-0 8, Philpott 5-9 0-0 10, Michaels 6-9 0-0 13, Haslam 2-2 0-0 4, N. McNiven 4-12 0-0 9, Winterholler 3-9 1-1 7, S. McNiven 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 33-66 3-5 74.
3-POINT GOALS — Walker 2, McNulty, Michaels, N. McNiven 1. REBOUNDS — Burlington 28 (Call 7). STEALS — Burlington 23 (Michaels 7, Walker, Philpott 4). ASSISTS — Burlington 9 (Michaels 4). TURNOVERS — Burlington 13.

Dubois         3   1   1  10 — 15
Burlington  19  16  6  14 — 55
BURLINGTON — Walker 3-10 3-4 10, McNulty 1-1 0-0 2, Philpott 3-9 5-6 11, Michaels 7-16 1-2 16, N. McNiven 2-5 0-0 4, Winterholler 1-2 0-0 2, Bassett 2-8 0-0 4, S. McNiven 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 22-61 9-12 55.
3-POINT GOALS — Walker 1, Michaels 1. REBOUNDS — Burlington 30 (Call 7, Michaels 6). STEALS — Burlington 24 (Walker 8, Philpott 5). ASSISTS — Burlington 14 (Walker 3). TURNOVERS — Burlington 21.