Girls can’t net final shot, split opening year’s games

If the Herders had a dollar for every point scored, they still wouldn’t have been able to buy a free throw and put away a pesky Jefferson team that outlasted them 36-33 in the waning seconds Jan. 6. 

Sydney Prather followed up a career night against Joliet on Jan. 5 with 14 points against the Panthers (6-2, 3-1 District 5) in the loss. Prather scored 31, with five 3s and a 4-for-9 mark at the charity stripe against Joliet. 

As a team, the Herders (2-6, 1-3 District 5) went 2-for-11 from the free-throw line against Jefferson, with senior Madilyn Emter going 1-for-3 and Prather going 1-for-5. It was a slow start that saw just a 6-5 Jefferson lead after the first quarter. Emter had the  first bucket for the Herders with 2:52 remaining in the period.

“We did stick with man-to-man because we knew they had some good 3-point shooters,” said SGHS head coach Kim Finn. “We held their 3-point shooting down. And then in the fourth quarter, we threw in our zone press [defense] which rattled them up a little bit. We got a few layups off of that.”

The Herders flourished on both ends of the court at the beginning of the fourth quarter. After taking a 21-19 lead before the final stanza, the Herders went on a 10-0 run pushing their lead to 26-19 with just more than seven minutes remaining. But the Panthers forced the appropriate amount of turnovers and charged back to tie the game 28-all with 3:32 left. 

That’s when the woes really kicked in at the free-throw line.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Madilyn Emter (22) takes a jump shot over Jefferson’s Callie Warfle (24) during a game in Big Timber on Jan. 6. The Herders are 1-1 starting 2018, with a win at Joliet before the home loss to Jefferson.  (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)




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