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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Lady Warriors put the defensive clamps to the Lady Wolverines in 37-20 victory


January 13, 2018


Lady Warriors Casey Wassum (left), Ellyse Russell (1) and Darla Hernandez (right) surround Lady Wolverine Hannah Reinig during Friday night's 37-20 win over Riverton at Worland High School.

WORLAND - The offense is still a work in progress but the Worland Lady Warriors defense is back on track. Worland defeated the Riverton Lady Wolverines 37-20 Friday night at Worland High School in a matchup between the two 3A girls basketball programs.

Coming off a disappointing defeat to Powell last Saturday in which their defense was not up to their usual high standards, the Lady Warriors wanted to fix that against the Lady Wolverines, which they did so well, shutting out Riverton in the first quarter, then only allowing them to score four points for the half.

"We weren't good defensively against Powell. That's something we've hung our hat on since I've gotten here, and really Morty [Mark Mortimer] started that during his time. I thought tonight we locked down really well. Bre [BreAnna Parra] and Casey [Wassum] played really well on Leighanna Shoulderblade, who can really shoot the basketball. Naya Shime is their [Riverton] most athletic player and Jaycee Page worked really hard on her and did an outstanding job on her. She gave up a ton of size but with her quickness and smarts played well," said WHS girls basketball coach Ben Hofmann.

Also helping the cause of defensive domination was the Lady Warriors ability to hold Riverton to one shot offensively as their defensive rebounding was another bright spot in their victory Friday night.

"I thought McKenna Butte was really good on the defensive boards. She had 11 or 10 rebounds and was really strong with rebounding and limited Riverton to one-and-done," said Hofmann.

As for Worland's night offensively, the struggles were there but one positive is they were able to get excellent looks, particularly inside, but just weren't able to knock down the shot.

"We just didn't shoot the basketball really well. I thought we got pretty good shots in the offense and I told the girls that I liked their shot selection, it wasn't like we were forcing up a lot of bad shots. We just didn't knock them down. We're going to have some of those nights, so far we've had a lot of them, and hopefully we can clean that up, otherwise, it's going to be really tough to get to the goal we want to have.

"The offense had better movement tonight [Friday] than it did a week ago, had good looks and I'm just hoping those shot start falling for us. We're not always catching the ball with our hands and feet ready just quite yet. We're about half a stepped rushed and it's something to make a note of and work on in practice," said Hofmann.

Sophmore guard BreAnna Parra led Worland in scoring with 10 points, while senior guard Jaycee Page was second in scoring with eight.

The Lady Warriors hit the road tonight as they head to Lovell to matchup against the Lady Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. at Lovell High School.

"We go to Lovell and hopefully we're able to build on the win tonight and the ball goes in more for us. It'll be about building and getting better with each day," said Hofmann.


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