Lady Locomotives ready for tourney play

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Outlook photo by Garrett Harr.  Dakota Boehler helped lead the Lady Locomotives on a late-season hot streak; it culminated in a decisive blowout last week against rival, Billings Central.

The LHS girls came out red-hot against rival Billings Central Rams last week in a 42-26 win.
The girls have been on a run as of late, winning their last handful of games.
Rylee Clark hit threes from deep quick in the first quarter to help her team to a 10 point 17-7 advantage after the first quarter. It wasn’t close after that.
The Rams made a few runs, but Laurel answered every single one of them with their own explosive offense.
After a season that had them fall below .500 for almost the entire year the last few weeks have seen completely different games.
The girls finally started to play together and win games.
Aspen Cotter, one of the quickest in the conference, blazed past every defender on her way to scoring and setting up her teammates in an onslaught of consistent play. She had 14 against the Rams.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls finished their conference season,” Amber Griffith, head coach of the Locomotives said. “We are excited about the position we’ve put ourselves in.”
The win over Billings Central was a big one for their confidence. They controlled the entire game, from the tempo to the defensive end, where they held their opponent to single-digit scoring every single quarter.
“I am very much looking forward to the tournament this week,” said Griffith. “I am confident that our girls will play well.”
They didn’t need to play the last game of the season against Billings Senior. The seeding for conference play was already set and the The Billings Senior game gave the girls a much needed rest. They lost, but it didn’t matter, they are looking ahead at tourney play.
The Lady Locos finished second in the Eastern A conference with a 6-4 record and 9-8 overall; winners of 5 of their last 6 to crawl back into contention.
In the conference they sit behind Hardin, first and Billings Central, third.
How did it all happen? How did the girls pull together such a magical ending?
Seeing is believing with this squad.
The intensity and passion they will carry with them into Divisionals is a sight to behold for all Loco fans.
Divisionals run from Feb. 22-25.

Laurel def. Billings Central 42-26
Billings Central 7 6 5 8 — 26 
Laurel 17 9 7 9 — 42 
Billings Central: Zoie Althoff 1, Tess Hansen 2, Jillian Hardenbrook 4, Camryn Gunderson 1, Josie Snyder 9, Olivia Moten-Schell 6, Melissa Hanser 2, Avery Hadley 1.
Laurel: Rylee Clark 14, Aspen Cotter 14, Paige O’Toole 2, Dakota Boehler 5, Sammi Spitzer 3, Riley Chapman 2, Ellie Kildahl 2.

Billings Senior def. Laurel 81-40
Laurel 6 8 21 5 — 40 
Senior 23 16 29 13 — 81 
Laurel: Rylee Clark 15, Aspen Cotter 1, Paige O’Toole 2, Dakota Boehler 4, McKenna Robertus 2, Sammy Spitzer 3, Riley Chapman 6, Ellie Kildahl 7. 
Senior: Tavy Findon 6, Mariah Linse 6, Kola Bad Bear 10, Sam Bonenberger 9, Elizabeth LaRance 5, Courtney Bad Bear 10, Ellie Ostermiller 21, Sydney Norwood 4, Brittanee Fisher 10.

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