Lady Huskies win two more conference games

Stephanie Tolman

The Lady Huskies easily knocked out two conference opponents this week as they defeated Ft. Washakie 66-12 Thursday and Dubois 58-23 Friday. These wins have Burlington and Riverside tied in the conference with both teams having conference records of 4-0.
 “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Ft. Washakie,” said Coach Cheryl Haslam. “We watched some game film and they have some pretty talented girls, but it ended up being a pretty slow paced game. Another one where we had to slow things up on offense and try to run the play through a certain number of times before we looked to score. The girls didn’t let up on defense and that was really nice to see. We need to practice keeping up our intensity on defense, no matter who we play or what their game pace is.”
All the varsity players got quite a bit of playing time and eight Lady Huskies scored. Naomi McNiven played a great game and led scorers with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Jessie Michaels added 12 points and Dalley Bassett posted eight points and led in reboudns with 10.
Burlington started off strong against Dubois on Friday and maintained the pace throughout the game. “It was a pretty rough game and the refs had a few of our numbers before we even stepped on to the court,” said Haslam. “It’s really hard to keep telling the girls to play through the frustration when nothing seems to be going our way. Despite this, they did a great job and pushed through. It was nice to hear the buzzer at the end of the fourth quarter though.”
The Lady Huskies saw scoring spread throughout the team again. Breanne Walker led the Lady Huskies with 17 points and seven rebounds. N. McNiven had another big game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Hailee Winterholler grabbed 10 rebounds and Selena Call added another seven. “It was nice to see us stay consistent on offense and not have one quarter where we struggled to score,” said Haslam. “The girls are focusing on playing as a team and finding the ‘best’ shot to take, so it’s great to keep seeing the points spread out again.”
Ten Sleep was on the schedule on Saturday, but had to forfeit to the Lady Huskies because of a lack of players. The canceled game opened up a date for Burlington and the Huskies will play Shoshoni on Tuesday night and will host conference rival Riverside at home on Friday with the JV game at 4 and the varsity tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

Ft Washakie    5    4     2   1 — 12
Burlington      23  19  17   7 — 66
BURLINGTON — Walker 2-12 2-2 6, Call 2-4 0-0 4, Philpott 3-6 2-3 8, Preator 2-3 0-0 4, Michaels 5-11 1-2 12, N. McNiven 7-15 3-4 17, Bassett 4-7 0-0 8, S. McNiven 3-5 1-2 7. Totals 28-71 9-13 66.
3-POINT GOALS — Michaels 1. REBOUNDS — Burlington 38 (Bassett 10, N. McNiven 7). STEALS — Burlington 24 (N. McNiven 7). ASSISTS — Burlington 4. TURNOVERS — Burlington 18.

Dubois         7    4    3    9 — 23
Burlington  15  12  16  15 — 58
BURLINGTON — Walker 7-19 3-4 17, Philpott 2-6 0-0 4, Preator 1-3 0-0 2, Michaels 4-10 0-0 8, N. McNiven 7-13 1-2 15, Winterholler 2-6 0-0 4, Bassett 3-6 0-0 6, S. McNiven 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-68 4-6 58.
REBOUNDS — Burlington 47 (Winterholler 10, N. McNiven 8, Walker, Call 7). STEALS — Burlington 8. ASSISTS — Burlington 3. TURNOVERS — Burlington 17.