Lady Locos have strong week
The Laurel girls did exactly what they had to do in their conference game against Miles City last week. They won 56-46.
For any sport the best time to get hot is towards the end of the season with hopes of carrying the momentum into the playoffs.
A good start for Laurel was a conference win that will not only give the team confidence moving forward, but will also move them up in the Eastern A standings. Head LHS coach Amber Griffith is giving that message very clearly to her team.
Ellie Kildahl led her squad with 19 and Aspen Cottor had 16 in the win.
After a heartbreaking one-point loss to Billings Skyview the girls really needed to start putting together some wins to turn their season around.
Taking one game at a time, they seem to be on the right track.
They played a close game through most of the the first three quarters before outscoring Miles City 22-13 in the final period to win the game.
Laurel def. Miles City 56-46
Miles City 8 9 16 13 — 46
Laurel 12 9 13 22 — 56
Miles City: K. Oakland 16, K. Koenig 11, A. Venable 8, M. Helmts 4, B. Murnion 4, D. Chamberlin 3.
Laurel: E. Kildahl 19, A. Cotter 16, M. Robertus 5, D. Boehler 3, R. Clark 3, K. Dawes 2, R. Chapman 2.
Riding the energy from their last game the girls seemed to have a new sense of urgency on the importance of each game left in the regular season. Trying to make it two in a row they played Columbus at home last Saturday and put together another strong team effort in a 55-43 win.
Rylee Clark and Aspen Cotter each had 11 and 14 to round out an amazing team effort by the girls in front of their home crowd.
Ellie Kildahl has been playing tremendous basketball as of late, putting together another great offensive night against Columbus with 10.
The Billings Skyview loss and the last two wins are going to be instrumental in how the girls finish the season.
The Lady Locomotives play three conference games in a row before the last game of the season. Glendive, Sidney and Billings Central are next.
Glendive and Sidney are having rough seasons and should be easy wins for the girls, but rival Billings Central will be a grudge match.
If the girls can pull off five or six wins in a row, which is very possible, they could move as high as third or possibly even second in the Eastern A conference.
They have the talent and the coaching staff to pull it off. If they can win their next two conference games and then take on Billings Central at home they should be on a roll going into tournament play.
Their next game is Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Glendive. The Friday game is the Red-Out game. Everyone in attendance is being asked to wear red in support of the American Heart Association. The fundraiser was put together by the LHS National Honor Society students. During the game they will be selling red shirts in support of the AHA in all sizes for $8 dollars each. The Lady Locomotives will be warming up in red shirts donated by the honor society.
Laurel def. Columbus 55-43
Columbus 13 13 8 19 — 43
Laurel 7 14 11 23 — 55
Columbus: Megan Rouane 2, Alexa Riveland 17, Uluwehi Brooks 5, Morgan Kirch 12, Brenna Rouane 2, Maddi Carman 5.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 11, Aspen Colter 14, Paige O’Toole 7, Dakota Boehler 6, McKenna Robertus 4, Sami Spitzer 1, Riley Chapman 2, Ellie Kildahl 10.