Lady Huskies remain 6-0 in conference play

Stephanie Tolman

The Lady Huskies put away two more opponents this past week as they faced Shoshoni and Riverside.
The game against Shoshoni was a replacement game after Ten Sleep girls forfeit the week before. “I was excited to play this game because Max Mills always has his girls play a 1-3-1 zone defense and we really struggle with that,” said Coach Cheryl Haslam. “I knew it would be good practice for us. Shoshoni has a really young team, so they struggled to score on offense, but it was still a good practice game. We had to learn to adjust to their defense and it was nice to see the girls try different things on offense and read the defense.”
Burlington won 62-18 and every varsity player added to that final. “The girls are really beginning to work together as a team. We’ve really been focusing on taking the ‘best’ shot rather than just the ‘open’ shot and it’s been really showing up the last few games. Our inside girls, Dalley and Hailee, have really been stepping it up on rebounds for us. We are also looking to pass it to them on the inside more than we ever have in the past.”
Jessie Michaels led the Lady Huskies with 15 points. Dalley Bassett had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Hailee Winterholler had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Friday, the Lady Huskies hosted a tough Riverside team. “We knew this was going to be our toughest conference game, so we were excited for the competition. The girls came out ready to play.” Burlington outscored Riverside 23-7 in the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout the game, ending with a final score of 60-29. “I have been really impressed with our defense lately. In watching film, we knew we would need to always know where Riverside’s Paxton was on the court. The girls did an excellent job of this and held her to seven points, five of them being free throws. Lately, it doesn’t matter who we play or what the intensity level of the game is, we’ve been able to keep our defensive intensity and we played our best transition game of the season. The girls really pushed the ball and passed when they needed to. They made some excellent decisions on our transition offense.”
Michaels led the way with 24 points and N. McNiven contributed 12 points, five steals and five assists.
The Lady Huskies will have another full week a varsity game at home with Ten Sleep on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. They will travel to Meeteetse on Friday with another varsity game scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and will head to Kaycee on Saturday with JV playing at 1 and varsity at 3:30 p.m.

Shoshoni     9    2    4   3 — 18
Burlington  16  12  22 12 — 62
BURLINGTON — Walker 2-7 3-3 7, Call 1-2 0-0 2, Philpott 2-6 1-3 5, Preator 0-3 1-2 1, Michaels 7-17 0-0 15, Haslam 0-1 1-4 1, N. McNiven 4-7 0-0 8, Winterholler 4-9 0-0 8, Bassett 4-17 2-6 10, S. McNiven 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 26-73 9-20 62.
3-POINT GOALS — Micheals 1. REBOUNDS — Burlington 41 (Winterholler 12, Bassett 10). STEALS — Burlington 27 (Walker, Preator, N. McNiven 4). ASSISTS — Burlington 10 (Walker 3). TURNOVERS — Burlington 29.

Riverside     7   4  12  6 — 29
Burlington  23 12  16  9 — 60
BURLINGTON — Walker 0-6 1-2 1, Call 1-1 0-0 2, Philpott 1-6 2-4 4, Michaels 9-24 6-9 24, Haslam 2-2 0-0 4, N. McNiven 4-12 4-6 12, Bassett 4-15 1-2 9, S. McNiven 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 23-77 14-25 60.
REBOUNDS — Burlington 51 (N. McNiven 11). STEALS — Burlington 24 (Walker 7, N. McNiven 5). ASSISTS — Burlington 18 (Walker, N. McNiven 5). TURNOVERS — Burlington 20.