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Encampment Ladies lose to Cokeville, win vs. Farson-Eden

 

January 17, 2018

Joshua Wood

Noelle Peterson scrabbles for the ball against Cokeville.

Encampment Lady Tigers had a split weekend for homecoming, losing their first game against the Cokeville Panthers and winning their second game against the Farson-Eden Pronghorns. With both games seeing the loss of Lady Tiger Paige Powell in the final quarter, Encampment learned to continue on without one of their top players.

Friday, the Lady Tigers hosted the Cokeville Lady Panthers. The two teams didn't stray far from each other in points as every basket scored by Encampment was answered in return by Cokeville. With 10 seconds left in the final quarter, junior Paige Powell hurt her ankle and had to sit out the last few seconds. The Lady Panthers found momentum in Powell's injury and managed to slip ahead of the Lady Tigers by 4 points. The final score was 35-39.

Saturday, the Lady Pronghorns ventured into Tiger Nation for Encampment's Homecoming Game. The Lady Pronghorns found themselves unable to escape the Lady Tigers claws. While Farson-Eden dashed ahead of Encampment in the beginning of the first and second half, the Lady Tigers quickly caught up and surpassed the Lady Pronghorns.

Joshua Wood

Paige Powell, Noelle Peterson and Hailey Barkhurst surround a Pronghorn on the court in Saturday's win.

Late in the second half, Powell fouled out, but the Lady Tigers did not let that loss slow their momentum. Ahead of Farson-Eden by 5 points, a free-throw by Hailey Barkhurst with just over a second remaining put them 6 points ahead at the buzzer. The final score was 51-45.

Long passes by the Lady Tigers may have helped them surpass the Lady Pronghorns several times, but it seemed to be just as much of a hindrance. While it worked out in their favor more than once it also resulted in some turnovers which put the ball in Farson-Eden's hands.

A highlight of both games was juniors Noelle Peterson and Lauren Buford's tenacity on court as both Lady Tigers refused to let the opposing teams gain possession of the ball with ease.

Encampment Girl's split weekend puts them at 2-1 for conference and 9-1 on the season.

The Lady Tigers will next host LSRV's Lady Rattlers at noon on Jan. 20.

 

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