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Hearts of a champion

Posted: Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

Mishawn Bluemel drives baseline to add a score to the monumental comeback of the Lady Eagles over Star Valley. PIONEER PHOTO/Haley Walk

Lady Eagles’ undeterred desire lands them in first


Pioneer Sports Correspondent

LYMAN – In last week’s game against Star Valley the Lady Eagles showed incredible heart and fierce desire to recover from a huge deficit and land the win.

The win moved the Lady Eagles into first place in the conference.

They started off the game problematically, only putting up four points in the first quarter and a total of ten in the entire first half. On the other hand, Star Valley managed to tack up 24 points in the first half, leading by 14 at halftime. At one point, the Ladt Braves pulled ahead by as much as 18 points.

The Lady Eagles, who had not lost a conference game, weren’t fazed by the deficit. Instead of giving up, the Lady Eagles fought back in the third and fourth quarters. With the leadership of seniors Makailey Smith and Tiffani Dennis, the Lyman team, as a whole, put up a total of 19 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. In the meantime, they managed to hold the Lady Braves to only two points in the fourth quarter.

“Going into this game, we were just thinking we would play our best and see where it went,” said Dennis. “None of us expected to come out with this win. Being down by such a big deficit at the beginning was quite disheartening, but it was like something inside of us clicked, and as a team, we decided we weren’t going to let this team win without them knowing they were in a fight all the way to the end. It was this attitude that brought us out on top with the win. This game was a huge moment for us, and there are plenty more to come.”

The Lady Eagles finally pulled ahead for the first time within the final two minutes of the game. They gained a one-point lead over the Lady Braves, and were able to hold it through the end. In the final moment of the game, Smith, Dennis, and Mishawn Bluemel stepped up to knock down an opponent’s shot, which would have secured the Lady Braves win. With one second on the clock, the Lady Eagles took possession and claimed the first Lyman girls win over Star Valley in decades.

For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.

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