Lady J-Hawks take early exit

Outlook staff writer

After a season with many ups and downs the Joliet girls had one last weekend to determine their future.
The first game was against Roundup, who ended up placing second in the tourney, and was a devastating 35-27 loss for Joliet right out the gates.
After losing the first game the girls had to play a morning game against Huntley Project on Saturday.
The J-Hawks didn’t want to go home and came out firing from all cylinders.
Huntley Project was the number-two seeded team coming into the tournament and Joliet dismembered them from behind the arc. The Lady J-Hawks knocked down eight shots from three point land and had standout games from everyone.
Tayler Wright had 10, Vannessa Nowak, 11 and Danni Nardinger, with 16 led her squad.
They needed the win and they got it.
The bad news was that their next game would be against the best team in the conference, Red Lodge.
Joliet played well through three quarters. They were close the whole game in what turned out to be the last stand for the girls.
They were outscored 27-7 in the final quarter and lost by 22.
“Obviously I wanted the girls to move on,” coach John Hansen pleaded. “I was so proud the way they battled. We lose Danni, Holly and Morgan and I will miss them all so much. Those three seniors had great careers and I appreciate their dedication and hard work the entire year.”
The girls will think about what went wrong the last quarter. They entered the fourth quarter only down by two-points with a 39-37 disadvantage.
The girls that won’t be in Joliet next year will wonder would have been and the ones that will return will have promise of a great year.
The season didn’t end the way John Nelson’s girls wanted, but they fought against the best in the conference and almost pulled it off.

Joliet def. Huntley Project 63-57
No stats available.

Roundup def. Joliet 35-27
No stats available.

Joliet def. Huntley Project 63-47
Huntley 7 22 8 10 — 47 
Joliet 17 19 14 13 — 63 
Huntley Project: Heidi Cranford 4, Loran Murphy 4, Shae Swenson 2, Julia Little Wolf 2, Shaena Richard 11, Madison Rohrer 7, Josie Peterson 15, Amanda Cranford 2.
Joliet: Kiera Steffan 1, Tayler Wright 15, Kerstin Sweet 2, Shayla Webber 14, Vanessa Nowak 14, Danni Nardinger 9, Holly Nowak 5.

Red Lodge def. Joliet 66-44
Red Lodge 10  15 14 27 — 66 
Joliet  15 11 11 7 — 44 
Red Lodge: Taylor Hardiman 2, Portia Cortner 4, Jillian LaValley 11, Kylie Kelly 18, Zoe Cortner 11, McCall Allen 2, Rebbecca Purcell 2, Natalie Hilderman 15, Mackenzie Morean 1. 
Joliet: Kiera Steffan 2, Tayler Wright 10, Vanessa Nowak 11, Danni Nardinger 16, Holly Nowak 5. 


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