Lady Eagles finish third at regionals

Feb 26, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

St. Stephen's defeated Encampment in the Class 1-A West third-place game.

St. Stephen's earned the third seed out of the Class 1-A West regional with a 70-59 win over the Encampment Tigers and opens state tournament play on Thursday at the Casper Events Center in the opening game of the tournament at 9 a.m. against the Rock River Longhorns.

St. Stephen's took an early lead over Encampment, then held it for the next two periods in a tentative game, which all changed in the fourth period, when the two state qualifiers erupted for a combined 46 points.

The Eagles flew high behind nine points from Kayle Addison and six from Trinity Goggles in the high-scoring period.

Addison tallied 24 points on the game and Goggles 23, with 17 of those in the second half.

Little Snake River 56, St. Stephen's 49

A 25-point third period by the Little Snake River Rattlers was the difference between a repeat appearance in the Class 1-A West regional championship game and a qualifying contest on Saturday morning for the St. Stephen's Lady Eagles.

Little Snake River held on a furious St. Stephen's comeback to take a 56-49 win over the defending state champions.

The Eagles rallied on Saturday morning behind a state qualifying 56-31 win over conference foe Burlington, which was St. Stephen's third win over the Huskies this season.

Snake River kept the game close from the opening tip, but St. Stephen's pulled ahead in the second behind 3-pointers from Whisper SunRhodes, Goggles and Angel Redman to take a two- point lead into the intermission.

The third was all Snake River as Goggles, Redman and Addison were the only Eagles that scored.

The Rattlers had only three players score as well, but Kirstin Gourlay scored eight, Addie Stanley nine and Kilie Wilkerson another eight and shot a combined four of four from the line to propel a 17-point swing in the period.

Trailing 47-32, St. Stephen's roared back behind a 3-pointer and a pair of baskets each by senior leaders Addison and Goggles, but the rally fell short when Addison fouled out and a new regional champion would arrive on Saturday.

St. Stephen's 56, Burlington 31

Saturday morning's game offered St. Stephen's head coach Mike Redman an opportunity to get all of his girls tournament experience and the Eagles responded with eight players scoring.

St. Stephen's destroyed Burlington behind an effective full-court press, led 18-4 after one andcontinued to dominate through the next three periods.

Addison led St. Stephen's with 15 points, while Martina Brown added 13 for the Lady Eagles.

St. Stephen's 6 18 8 17 -49

Little Snake River 8 14 25 9 - 56

St. Stephen's - Trinity Goggles 4 (1) 0-3 14, Lolena Brown (1) 1-2 4, Kayle Addison 6 (1) 2-3 17, Josette Oldman 2 0-1 4, Angel Redman 2 (1) 0-0 7, Whisper SunRhodes (1) 0-0 3. Totals 14 (6) 3-9 49

Little Snake River - Gourlay 5 (2) 3-7 19, Stanley 2 (2) 3-5 13, Moon 2 1-2 5, Wilkerson 7 1-5 15, Olson 1 2-3 4. Totals 17 (4) 10-22 56

Burlington 4 8 10 9 - 31

St. Stephen's - 18 13 13 12 - 56

Burlington - Tempany 1 0-0 2, Preator (1) 1-2 3, Catlin 1-4 1, Neves 3 4-6 10, Mendez 5 5-8 15. Totals 9 (1) 10-20 31

St. Stephen's - Goggles 3 1-2 7, Addison 5 (1) 2-2 15, Brown 5 (1) 0-0 13, Redman 2 (1) 0-0 7, SunRhodes 2 0-0- 4, Destiny Willow 1-2 1, Wawa Lawson 1 0-0 2, Lyndsay Harris 2 (1) 0-0 7. Totals 20 (4) 4-6 56

Encampment 9 10 19 21 -59

St. Stephen's - 19 9 18 25 70

Encampment - Huntly 1 1-1 3, Powell 1 2-4 4, Barkhurst 2 (2) 4-5 14, Powell 3 2-2 8, Pantle 3 2-2 8, Jordan (1) 0-0 3, Peterson 4 (2) 5-7 19. Totals 14 (5) 16-21 59

St. Stephen's - goggles 6 (3) 3-5 23, Brown (1) 0-0 3, Addison 9 6-10 24, Redman 3 0-0 6, SunRhodes (1) 3-4 6, Moss 1 0-0 2, Lawson 1 0-0 2, Harris 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 (4) 12-19 70