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Colette Zentner slashes through the Renegade defense.
Injuries Derail Lady Scouts Season
At the beginning of the year, the Bridger Lady Scouts were considered by many to be a sleeper team for the state tournament. And for most of the season, it seemed like it was a strong possibility as the Scouts were in a dog fight for the top three spots with the Broadview/Lavina Pirates and the Harlowton Engineers; two teams that would eventually square off in the district championship.
However, not long after the mid-way point of the season, the Scouts suffered a blow that not many teams could comeback from. The Scouts lost their leading scorer in senior Bobby Dorvall, and their floor general in sophomore Shaniah Schwend to ACL injuries. This forced the Scouts to go into the district tournament with a very inexperienced roster, featuring two freshman starters in Colette Zentner and Annie Cooke.
The Scouts squared off against the Reed Point/Rapelje Pirates in the first round, playing a strong game, but ultimately coming up short by the slim margin of 42-36. In their next game, the Scouts took on the Absarokee Huskies.
The Huskies took advantage of the shorthanded Scouts, winning by the final score of 48-32, knocking the Lady Scouts out of the tournament.
Scouts Stall at Districts
The Bridger Scouts at times had an up and down season, splitting their season series with some teams that they felt they should have swept. However, they were able to pull together a good looking season record, that would grant them 3rd place going into the district tournament in Huntley.
However, once the Scouts found themselves in the tournament, they played much differently than what Bridger fans had become accustomed to. In the opening round the Scouts squared off with the Reed Point/Rapelje Renegades. The Scouts got off to a strong start, and never looked back advancing to the 2nd round by the score of 66-40. The following night, the Scouts took on the Broadview/Lavina Pirates.
The Pirates considered a favorite by many, proved to be an extremely tough challenge for the Scouts. The Scouts got off to a strong start, keeping the game tight going into halftime, but the Pirates would prove to be too much; sending the Scouts to the consolation bracket by the score of 54-40. On what would prove to be the Scouts season finale, the Harlowton-Ryegate Engineers waited to play the Scouts, a team that they split the season series with; each winning their home game.
On this morning, the Scouts showed why taking care of the ball is so important, as the team totaled 32 turnovers, derailing their divisional tournament hopes. The Scouts would go onto lose the game by the score of 69-43.
Lady Rockets Show Potential
The Roberts Lady Rockets were one of the youngest teams in the districts, at times showing their youth, but at others showing what could make them dangerous. The Rockets proved to be a team with a ton of upside, giving teams a run for their money late in the year, and even winning in late game situations (a quality not often seen in young teams). Due to the Rockets record at the end of the season, they had square off with the Fromberg lady Falcons in the play-in game. The Rockets had a strong showing against the Falcons, punching their ticket to the district tournament by the score of 60-32. However, the Rockets first round opponent would be the eventual 2nd place team in the Broadview/Lavina Pirates. The Pirates were too much for the young Rockets, sending them to the consolation bracket by the score of 53-13. In the consolation round, the Rockets squared off with the Plenty Coups Warriors in a nail-biter. The game stayed tight until the very end, but the Warriors sent the Rockets home with a heartbreaking 46-42 loss. Even with an early exit, the Rockets look like a team that could possibly challenge for a top spot in the district next season.