Lady Braves Season Cut Short by Rock Springs

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LADY BRAVES: The Lady Braves huddle up before the game starts to give some more motivation. They won this game against Riverton. “It was so fun to play this last season with my best friends,” said senior Mckenna Frazier.

Mia Hutchinson, staff writer

The Star Valley girls basketball team definitely had some ups and downs throughout their last season. Unfortunately, their season ended at regionals, and they weren’t able to go to state.

The Lady Braves ended their season in March with a record of 9-14. “It was a great group of girls who worked very hard throughout the whole season. They peaked at the right time, regionals, and fought to the very end. It was disappointing not making it to state, but the girls should be proud of their season ending effort,” said head coach, Kade Erickson.

Seven seniors played on the team making their regional loss even harder. At regionals the girls lost their first game against Green River, won their second game against Jackson, and lost their last game against Rock Springs. The last game was super close with the score of 24-26. Senior Amber Milne said, “Losing at regionals was really hard, but I am so grateful I can say that we put it all on the line and tried our hardest. We never gave up and I have no regrets.” Many fans as well as the players and coaches felt the girls played played their best during the regional tournament.

SENIORS: Seven seniors smile after their last home game with each other. These girls have played together for so many years, and it was emotional for them to be done. “I had a lot of fun this season. There was a lot of ups and downs, but I think that makes it memorable. I loved just spending time with all my teammates and friends,” said senior Amber Milne.

Some Lady Braves suffered injuries before their last weekend of play. Maddie Hale hurt her ankle but luckily was able to play in some of the games at regionals. Olivia Engelhardt broke her hand the week before regionals, and her season sadly ended there. This was a tough loss for the team and her. “It was just frustrating at that point because I knew my season was cut short. I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete at regionals and state. I was just grateful for the season that I did have and for the opportunity I had to make memories with my team,” said Engelhardt. Besides a lot of the disappointments, they had during their season, the happy moments shined even brighter.

One of the best moments for the Lady Braves season came on senior night when they played Evanston on their home court. It was the seniors last night playing in the SVHS gym. This game was very close, and went into overtime. Evanston, a pretty big rival for the Lady Braves, lost to the Lady Braves, definitely something the home team will remember from their season. Whitnee Hale said, “Senior night was one of my favorite nights. To have one more chance to play on the home court meant a lot ,and it meant a lot to celebrate our friendship that night.” It was a great game for the Lady Braves with so many fans cheering them on and ending on a high note.

RIVALRY: This picture, taken right after the Lady Braves won their intense game against rivals Evanston, shows the players elation at winning. It was senior night, and they knew they had to win their last home game, and they did. Senior Olivia Engelhardt said, “I loved how we kept our heads up and worked no matter what. We knew that we could do it, and we worked so hard for it. That was definitely my favorite part of the season.”

Even though the Lady Braves season did not end as well as they would have hoped, they made many memories and created great moments. Although the team lost seven seniors, many talented underclassman will come back next year.

Kenlee Engelhardt said, “I’m excited to see what happens in the next season like all the new people I will get to play with!” Kenlee earned all-conference recognition as a sophomore this year.

“I am grateful to be able to say I was a Lady Brave,” said Milne.