Lady Locos get two must wins
LHS head coach Amber Griffith was pleased early on as her girls ran out to a 7-0 start to a 20 point 62-42 victory over Glendive last week.
The cheerleaders, Laurel players and many fans in attendance were wearing red shirts for the red-out game.
The National Honor Society provided shirts for the basketball team and cheerleaders and they sold them to fans during and after the game.
The game itself, did not disappoint.
Rylee Clark had her first 12 points from beyond the arc. Nothing but net on each release, even when she was fouled and had a chance for a four-point play.
The Laurel girls had another run deep into the third quarter as they ended it on a 27-6 scoring advantage over the Red Devils.
Aspen Cotter, Ellie Kildahl and Dakota Boehler all reached double digits and the girls started to show extreme confidence in themselves.
Laurel def. Glendive 62-42
Glendive 4 9 17 12 — 42
Laurel 13 18 9 19 — 62
Glendive: Kaufman 4, Robson 4, Wyse 9, Mintz 4, Pearcy 2, Torres 2, Nagle 6, Toms 2, Murphy 9.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 14, Aspen Cotter 10, Paige O’Toole 2, Dakota Boehler 12, McKenna Robertus 5, Riley Chapman 4, Ellie Kildahl 15.
After Glendive the Locos needed another conference win against Sidney. It wasn’t as easy, but they got it with a 53-41 victory over the Eagles.
After a somewhat slow and uneven season up until about a week ago, the Lady Locomotives have come together at just the right time.
Dakota Boehler had another standout game and one of her best of the season with 18 points.
“Proud of the way our girls played this weekend and we were excited to get two big conference wins,” said LHS head coach Amber Griffith. “Looking forward to a great week of practice and another big win on Friday night against Billings Central.”
They need the momentum they have right now to follow them into tourney place. They got hot at just the right time and that’s all a coach can ask for.
They play Billings Central, in Laurel, on Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Laurel def. Sidney 53-41
Sidney 12 8 11 10 — 41
Laurel 16 11 13 13 — 53
Sidney: Peterson 11, Messmer 4, Fisher 3, Thiessen 16, Thiel 2, DiFonzo 5.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 9, Aspen Cotter 5, Paige O’Toole 3, Dakota Boeheler 18, McKenna Robertus 1, Sami Spitzer 5, Riley Chapman 4, Ellie Kildahl 8.