ON TO STATE FOR THE HERDER GIRLS

Team opens today against Big Fork in Butte
Thursday, March 12, 2020
ON TO STATE FOR THE HERDER GIRLS

Above, Hailee Brandon drives past Lodge Grass defenders during the first game of the divisional tournament Thursday. Below, Lauren Niebur puts up one of several threes during the semi final game against Forsyth Friday.

ON TO STATE FOR THE HERDER GIRLS
ON TO STATE FOR THE HERDER GIRLS

Pioneer Photos by Elias Baer and Dean Hendrickson Above, Alyssa Boshart posting up against 6’6” Lindsey Hein of Forsyth in the semifinal game Friday night. Below, Boshart takes the ball to the net but meets rough resistance from a swarm of Colstrip girls during the championship game on Saturday.

ON TO STATE FOR THE HERDER GIRLS

The bubble is burst on their unbeaten season, but the Herder girls team is still aiming for a state title this weekend in Butte.

The SGHS team took the second-place trophy at divisionals last week, downing Lodge Grass, 53-46, and Forsyth, 51-45, before getting their first loss in the championship match with Colstrip by a 45-38 score.

They may face either Colstrip or Forsyth again at state, but first will contend today against Big Fork.

The girls came from being to beat Lodge Grass behind strong rebounding and Bailey Finn with 20 points and Ella Holman with 16. Hailee Brandon, Emily Cooley and Alyssa Boshart led the way on the boards.

Coach Kim Finn praised the play of Cooley, Bailey Finn and Lauren Niebur in the win over Forsyth. On defense they had to contend with 6-foot-6 Lindsey Hein but were to “contain” her with just 20 points. Finn hit six 3-pointers and paced the Herders with 26 points.

The girls again came on strong in the fourth quarter to put the game away, which lately has been their M.O.

Coach Finn said the divisional championship against Colstrip “was pretty rough.” SGHS committed 23 turnovers, which didn’t help.

“We didn’t play well but we are forgetting about it and moving on state,” Finn said. “We had our chances. I hope to see Colstrip again in state. We just need to match them in aggressiveness.”

Bailey Finn led with 23 points, including 7 of 10 from the free throw line. Cooley and Boshart led the way in corraling the loose balls.

Coach Finn said Big Fork “is a good draw for us.”

“I think we are in a good spot,” she added, noting that the Herders’ side of the bracket is a good opportunity for them to get off to a good start.

If the girls beat Big Fork, their next match will be with the winner of Malta and Forsyth at 5 p.m. Friday. The state championship contest is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Other potential foes may include Colstrip, Shelby, Missoula Loyola and Harlem on the other side of the bracket.

There is no doubt the Herder girls will have a big crowd of traveling fans at the Butte Civic Center for the fight to the finish.

“I have told the girls not to be satisfied. We’re there to win state and they are positive and excited,” the coach added.

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