The No. 1-ranked Pine Bluffs girls basketball team experienced two things Saturday that it hadn’t yet this season: Trailing at halftime and trailing after the third quarter.
In fact, the reigning Class 2A state champions also trailed Lusk after the first quarter. Fortunately for the Lady Hornets, they outscored Lusk 20-10 in the fourth and escaped with a 55-48 road win.
It wasn’t pretty but it may actually have been good for Pine Bluffs, coach Lindsey Forbes said Monday evening.
“We needed a little bit of a wake up call,” she said. “We talked about that after the game. We have been sliding and getting away with some things against other teams that we didn’t get away with against Lusk.
“When it came down to it, our girls made the plays we needed them to but we trailed for a good chunk of that game. It was really good for us to see where our weaknesses lie and know we have to come out ready to play every night or we might get beaten.”
Sophomore forward Kammie Ragsdale helped the Hornets (13-0 overall, 3-0 Class 2A Southeast District) to their 16th consecutive victory with 17 points and five rebounds. She made 7 of her 10 shots from the floor. Senior guards Sierra Shelit and Montanna Chrystal both scored 13 points while Chrystal added five assists.
Lusk fell to 5-9 overall and 2-1 in league play with the loss.
“We knew they were going to be good but they still surprised us a little bit,” Forbes said. “They’re physical, they battle, they shot the ball well and they have some big players.”