The girls’ basketball team took fourth place in the annual T-Bird Classic tournament last week.
On the first day the girls took on the Medicine Lodge Indians and led for most of the game, but ended up losing the contest 34-31. Junior Gracie Bricker made 10 out of 15 three’s for the girls’ three point competition and freshman Kyrian Keeling made seven out of 10 free throws in the free throw competition.
“We have a lot of young talent,” head coach Morgan Ballard said. “We need to work on closing out games, knowing what to do in certain situations, being patient and valuing the basketball.”
They played Pretty Prairie on day two and fought hard and led 21-17 at halftime. Sadly, the Bulldogs came back in the second half to win the game 49-46. Bricker made eight out of 15 three pointers that day and Keeling made 13 out of 20.
“The first two losses were especially tough because we had many chances to win,” junior Kayla Flora said. “I feel like they helped us come together as a team though, because it showed how hard we can fight.”
On the final day of the tournament they faced defending champions, the Cunningham Wildcats. The girls lost the game 51-27. Bricker made four three’s for the competition that day and Keeling made 12 free throws.
“I’m very excited because we have a lot of young potential this year,” Bricker said. “I think we can be a very competitive team in our league.”
Bricker, along with senior Hallee Burgardt, made the All-Tournament team and Bricker won the three point competition.
Despite their record of 0-5 so far, the team is competing hard and is looking to continue to compete the rest of the season. They lost another hard fought game at home against the Kinsley Coyotes on Tuesday night with a final score of 53-43. The girls will play the struggling Fowler team tonight at 6:30.
Senior Hallee Burgardt shoots a free throw after getting fouled. photo by Jacob Swisher.