Lady Reds basketball follows suit

All momentum is with the girls as they begin the season 3-0

Jaden Stone, Sports Editor

The Lady Reds basketball season is back and in full swing and the team has moved to 3-0. After they wrapped up their annual Roundball Classic Tournament defeating Bayfield High School and Riverdale Ridge High School, they took to the road on Dec. 10 to take on the Highland Huskies. 

The five minute drive resulted in excitement on the floor. The Reds mounted a big comeback after going down 14-17 in the first quarter, and the Huskies kept their momentum going through the second quarter where they went up 27-33. Leyah Scott (22) said, “We just kept working together and didn’t get frustrated at each other, we knew we were the better team so we just had to get out of our own heads.” 

After halftime, the Reds couldn’t cut into the lead until the fourth. The fourth quarter started with a score of 41-47. After a back and forth last quarter, the Reds were able to come out of the game on top. “Shots weren’t falling, but we focused on the other things, but we didn’t give up.” They defeated the Huskies 58-56 after holding Highland to just nine points in the fourth. “We worked as a team and we didn’t give up,” senior Ahana Leffler (22) said, “we had the lead at the right time at the end of the game.”  

The team was led by Leffler who was the teams highest scorer with 12 points and also led in assists with four in the game. Scott also had 12 points, which matched Leffler’s double digit game. 

Scott hit four 3-pointers in the game, giving her all 12 of her points. Emily Maske (23) also played a big role in the game, pulling down nine rebounds and tacked on nine points in the victory. Leffler said, “Our biggest strength in the game was having depth within our team.”  

After the undefeated Reds take on the Mustangs from Fort Morgan on Dec. 15, they will head to Yuma for a Holiday Tournament from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18.  Leffler said, “We want to improve our team’s confidence in running our offense.”  The tournament will host two games for the Lady Reds where first they will take on the Limon Badgers, and their other game on Saturday is to be determined based on a Reds win or loss.  They will look to use their 3-0 momentum into the next three games before break. 

 

The Reds huddle up before the game to prepare for the first half. (Emily Hogsett)