Lady Buffs slip by Meeteetse 57-51

By: 
Marlys Good

The Lady Buffs had a different look to them when they took the court against Meeteetse for a non-conference game last week, a game they won 57-51. The Longhorns are a talented 1A team that gave the Buffs all they could handle. 

“What a crazy week,” said Coach Kyndra Goton, as she explained that with three of her regular starters out on quarantine, she had to “reach down” and pull some of her younger, less experienced players up a level.  Torrey Sanford and Kinley Hunt got starting nods and Kennedy Craft and Rylee Peasley saw additional minutes.  The four combined for 13 points.

The good news is the younger Buffs stepped up, played with a lot of intensity, and had some fun playing with the “starters” who weren’t on quarantine.

“They had a certain spark about them,” Goton said. “They seemed to have a little fun while still accomplishing some good things. It was a great morale boost.”

Shayla Cheatham wasn’t “quarantined.” The senior scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had 8 steals and four assists in a good performance.

Greybull raced to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Longhorns picked it up and at the half the Buffs were up by one point, 26-25.

The Buffs came out fast in the third quarter and built a 10-point lead, 44-34. Meeteetse fought hard, outscored Greybull 17-13 in the final quarter, but the Buffs held on for the win.

This is a important weekend for the Buffs with key conference games on the line. Today (Thursday, Feb. 11)  they host Riverside at 5:30 p.m., go to Shoshoni Friday to play conference leader Shoshoni at 5:30 p.m., and close it out Saturday when they host the Tongue River Eagles at 5:30 p.m.

“This is a tough week for us in our conference since we had three of our kids out on quarantine.”

Riverside will be looking to exact some revenge for the loss the Buffs handed them in their first meeting in Basin. It’s a great rivalry and with the restrictions eased a bit, there should be an enthusiastic crowd in the stands.

The JV game will be two quarters only. According to GHS Activities Director Nolan Tracy, Riverside can only play two quarters of both boys and girls JV; all games will be played in the Buff Gym.  The boys will play at 3:30, the girls at 4:30.

 

Greybull – 17  9  18  13 – 57

Meeteetse – 9  16  9  17 – 51

GREYBULL:  Shayla Cheatham  5 5-8 18; Kaitlynn Briscoe 6 1-2 1-2 11; Grace Sanford 3 4-8 11; Kinley Hunt 2 1-2 5; Rylee Peasley 2 0-0 4; Chloe Harlow  1 0-0 2; Kennedy Craft  1 1-1 3; Torrey Sanford 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 20 12-21 57. 

3-POINT GOALS: Cheatham 3, Hunt,  Sanford. REBOUNDS: 21 (Cheatham 5, Briscoe 4). ASSISTS: 19 (Sanford 5, Cheatham 4). STEALS:  22 (Cheatham 8, Craft 5, Briscoe 4). TURNOVERS: 23.