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Lady Tigers show fortitude to the end


Brian Trautwein

Lady Tiger Shawneka Sifford plays defense against the Lady Rattlers.

The Encampment girls team never gave up. There is an old adage, “Don’t die with bullets left in your gun.” The Lady Tigers had few numbers and were plagued with injuries throughout the season. With only one substitute the Lady Tigers had no choice but to fight until the end.

Little Snake River Valley came to Encampment with three teams worth of players and, as they racked up points and substituted players throughout the A squad, the B squad and the C squad, the six Encampment girls battled hard; never ever giving up.

The problem, when a team has small numbers, is that the few players have to play the entire time. This leads to fatigue and in some cases injury. Michelle Hooker turned her ankle bad enough to quiet the gym and had to come out of the game. Freshman Shawneka Sifford stepped in and the Encampment Lady Tigers fought on.

The team didn’t give up when Jennifer Morgan also went down on a twisted ankle.With Morgan now out, the Encampment girls still battled to the end, against five well-rested and rotated LSRV players. The Tigers had only four.

The final score had LSRV on top, 18-41, but the Encampment Lady Tigers were the real winners on the night. They all strapped it up and taped their ankles and played Saratoga the next night, again with just six; never, ever giving up.


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