Lady Herders topple Jefferson in close game
— Three Forks —
It was foul trouble that changed the direction of the game between first place Three Forks and visiting Big Timber. By the final buzzer, both seniors Mesa King and Emily Hughes had fouled out for the Lady Herders who fell to the Wolves 65-47.
Big Timber (9-6, 6-3) was able to capitalize from the foul line, making 16-of-20 free throws and surpassing the team’s goal of 70 percent.
“Free throws are always a focus in practice,” Lady Herders head coach Kim Finn said, “so I was very proud of the girls for meeting that goal.”
The Lady Herders came out strong in the first half, fully aware of Three Forks ability to score in bunches and were tied at halftime, 29-29.
King finished with 22 points, including going 8-for-10 at the foul line and grabbed 16 rebounds and three steals for the Lady Herders. Junior Madilyn Emter had 11 points, two assists and two steals while Hughes had four points and three rebounds for Big Timber.
Three Forks (13-3, 9-1) started to pull away in the third quarter, leading the Lady Herders 43-35 heading into the final period.
And that’s when things got difficult.
“We ran into foul trouble in the fourth quarter and just lost our composure,” Finn said. “The good thing that came from that game is now we know that if we keep our poise and stay out of foul trouble, we can stay right with them.”
Sophomore Sydney Prather scored four points, had five rebounds and a steal.Senior Kate Indreland had four points and junior Elle Terland added three points, two rebounds and a steal for Big Timber.
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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer
Lady Herders Kate Indreland and Emily Hughes grapple for the ball during a previous match against Three Forks, Jan. 19.