Girls Basketball ride hot conference play to Divisionals

The Laurel girls basketball team will also be accompanying the boys at the Metra this week for the class A divisional tournament. The Lady Locos finished this season with a 10-8 record (8-2 in conference). This young team is looking to show their potential to the rest of the class A. With one lone senior, every girl has had to step up to be a leader on the team and help each other become better players. With high praises from the coach, the girls team seems ready to get to work.

After starting the year 2-2, the team traveled to Wyoming for the Star Valley Shootout. They lost their two games, pushing them to 2-4, but the Loco girls returned home fired up. They bounced back quickly with a six game winning streak to put their record at 8-4. Five of these six wins were their start to conference play, kick starting their record to 5-0 in conference. In the process of all this success came the girls largest win of the season. They played Sidney at home, beating them 60-12 .

Finishing the season with a 10-8 record, most of the girls’ wins came when they mattered. Conference wins are what matter for seeding in the divisional tournament and that is when they stepped up their play. They split the season series with Central and Hardin, but did beat the rest of their conference opponents. The Lady Locos finished second in the conference altogether.

Head coach Amber Griffith explained what she and her team have been doing since they found out their matchup. “We’ve been anticipating our matchup would be Lewistown,” she said. “Offensively, we know we need to be consistent against them.” With no games played against them this year, the team has relied heavily on game film and hard work in practice to succeed in their matchup.

“The girls have been very focused in practice,” coach Griffith stated. “We’ve all been watching a lot of film and just need to stay consistent. I know that and so do the girls.”

The Fergus High Golden Eagle girls are 9-9 coming into the tournament, finishing third in the central A division with a 2-4 conference record. They are ranked last in their conference in terms of PPG (points per game) at 40.7.

Along with being the head coach of the girls basketball program at the high school, Griffith is also a teacher at Graff Elementary. She joked that when she was not teaching, she was most likely watching film and game planning for their matchup on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. She is very confident in her girls. Look for the Lady Locomotives to show out in the divisional tournament and gain a state berth as well.

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