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Lady Eagles dynamite season ends with a thud

Posted: Monday, Mar 18th, 2013

Tiffani Dennis makes a drive to the basket in her final State Basketball Tournament of her high school career. PIONEER PHOTO/Haley Walk


Pioneer Sports Correspondent

LYMAN – After an extremely impressive regular season and a great showing at regionals, the Lady Eagles’ performance in Casper at the 3A State Basketball Tournament last week left them with less success than expected, but with a positive outlook on seasons to come.

The Lady Eagles entered the contest as the second seed from the 3A West Conference, but the bright lights of the Events Center were too much for the Eagles (who haven’t participated in the state tournament in several years) as they went “two-and-out” in their first two matchups of the contest.

“It was fun making it to state,” said Bailey Hallam, one of two All-Conference recipients from the Lyman team. “We hope to get there again next year and improve on our standing. Even though we fell a little short, it was an experience that will propel us to the top in the future.”

The Eagles opened the tournament with a matchup against Newcastle, the third seed from the east. The Dogies were able to maintain a lead through the end, and the Eagles lost, 35-38, sending them to the consolation bracket.

“Well, state didn’t work out the way we wanted, but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made with the program,” said Taylor Limoges, who led the team with a dominating scoring effort in the state tournament game against Lander. “I hope this gives us all an incentive to work for next year and really opens our eyes to how much work it will take to get to the top. I’m thankful for the support our parents, the leadership of our seniors, and, most importantly, the work and effort our coaches put in to help build up our program. I’m ready for next year.”

In the consolation bracket, the Lady Eagles were pitted against the Lander Tigers, a team they had already beat twice in the regular season. However, at state, the Tigers came out hot and shot lights-out, to deliver a 58-69 loss to the Lady Eagles.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2013 issue.

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