Learning through loss

Lady Panthers drop two, but coach sees improvement in desire, aggressiveness


February 6, 2019

Amanda Shepherd

Aubrey Berger shoots from the free-throw line.

The Saratoga Lady Panthers had another rough weekend as they ended the week 0-2 following their game on Jan. 29 against the Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners (11-3, 2-0) and their makeup game on Jan. 31 as they hosted the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns (15-5, 3-2). While the score between Saratoga and the Lady Miners was closer than that of the score between the Lady Panthers and Farson-Eden, Lady Panthers Head Coach Heather Bartlett saw more positives with the latter match.

Saratoga vs. HEM

On Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Panthers were hosted by HEM for a rematch following their first game on Dec. 18. When the Lady Miners came to the Panther Den, Saratoga sent the Miners home with a loss as the Lady Panthers won 37-32. This time, however, HEM would send the Lady Panthers home with a similar 5 point loss.

"During the Hanna game on Tuesday, I was disappointed with the girls effort in the first half," said Bartlett. "They weren't really playing like they wanted to win, however, they did pick up their effort in the second half."

The Lady Panthers have struggled throughout the season with putting together a consistent four quarters since the beginning, often highlighted with sections of aggressive defense or rebounding before seeing the opposing team surge ahead in points.

Junior Aubrey Berger led the team against the Lady Miners with 8 points and 8 rebounds, followed by fellow junior Taylor Bennett with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Sophomore Tasia Daley scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds while sophomore Jenna Dew scored 4 points.

The final score for the Lady Panthers was 27-32.

Saratoga vs.


"Farson is a really good basketball team and I felt like the girls played hard the whole game," Bartlett said. "The girls were much more aggressive taking the ball to the whole, we just struggled to get shots to fall for us."

The last time the Pronghorns were in the Valley, they were hosted by the Encampment Lady Tigers and came away with a win that saw them ahead by 21 points. Farson-Eden, upon leaving Saratoga, would end this game with the same point margin.

"It was one of the best games we have had all year as far as the girls playing hard the whole game and putting forth a great effort," said Bartlett. "Aubrey Berger had an outstanding rebounding game against Farson and dominated the boards with 18 rebounds, which is very impressive."

Berger led the team, again, against the Lady Pronghorns with 10 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 steals. Senior Mychaela Jackman scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds and 3 steals and Dew scored 5 points and had 5 rebounds and sophomore Savannah Wells scored 5 points.

Following their 0-2 week, the Lady Panthers are now 3-12 for the season and 0-4 for conference. Saratoga hits the road this weekend as they are hosted by the Pronghorns at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 and the Cokeville Lady Panthers (15-2, 4-0) at noon on Feb. 9.

Amanda Shepherd

Aubrey Berger goes up for a shot against Farson-Eden.


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