With continued intensity, the Lady Terriers’ seven consecutive wins have earned the young team of 12 a cherished trip to the Class C State Tournament.
“Looking back, the best thing that could have happened to us is the loss against Wibaux,” Head Coach Sharilyn Kortum said of tournament action the girls have faced in the past two weeks and the initial disappointing loss the girls endured to the Wibaux Longhorns during their first match-up at the 4-C District tournament held in Glendive. But since then, its been the only loss the team has tolerated.
“The kids have taken advantage of it and used it to get better,” she said, noting the seven wins out of the eight games that the team has played in a two-week period.
The games have increased in difficulty and will likely continue to do so.
“The girls have stepped up at each game so far.”
The Broadview-Lavina team featured players with the height like those of Absarokee’s and the quickness like the guards of Roberts’. Both teams the Lady Terriers played in game one and game two at the Divisional tournament.
“We felt like going in we were playing a combination of Absarokee and Roberts,” Kortum said. “We matched up well, (with both teams), and we’d be able to compete.”
The dynamics of the game changed from the first half to second half, into a low-post game.
With strong posts like Micah Kirkpatrick and Amy Browning, as well as Amanda Haidle, Terry was able to effectively execute their inside game, both offensively and defensively.
Browning was awarded Player of the Game in two out of three games and Kirkpatrick was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Guard players performed outstandingly on defense and took care of the ball on offense.
“The other key to the game was guards rebounding,” she said of Robbyn Reukauf, Carly Stickel, Dani Dukart and Tasha Larsen.
The Lady Terriers will play Thursday at 2 pm against the number two team from the east division, the Saco Panthers.
“All I’m looking for from our players is to continue to play the way they have with a lot of heart and mental toughness,” Kortum said. “If we do this, we’ll either win or lose to a better team.”
Terry 11 13 20 20 64
Brdvw-Lvn13 12 12 17 54
Scoring for Terry: Stickel 9; Dukart 15; Haidle 7; Kirkpatrick 13; Reukauf 5; Browning 15.
Scoring for Broadview-Lavina: Kelsey Bymaster 10; Casandra Perea 1; Becky Badgett 14; Angela Reinhardt 2; Becci Rohrer 12; Nicole VonBergen 12; Emily Erickson 3.
Terry vs Roberts, Game 2
In a scrappy, physical game against the Roberts team, the Lady Terriers came away with their second consecutive win at the Class C Divisional tournament.
Terry came out with the initial scoring in both halves of the Friday night game against the Lady Rockets. But in a match-up that featured as much back and forth action as the prior evening's game, no well established leads were obtained by either team during most of the game.
With executed plays and good defense, the Terries were able to maintain a constant presence on the court.
"They were a lot like us," Kortum said of the style of play of the fourth placed 6-C opposing team.
Lady Terrier Micah Kirkpatrick ended the first half with a morale boosting 2-point basket, giving an even 30 - 30 score at halftime.
With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Terry was able to establish a 13 point lead over the Lady Rockets - a difference that the Roberts team only whittled down by ultimately 2 points. The game ended 66 - 55 in Terry's favor.
Terry 16 14 14 22 66
Roberts 17 13 12 13 55
Scoring for Terry: Stickel 7; Dukart 11; Haidle 6; Kirkpatrick 17; Reukauf 10; Browning 15.
Scoring for Roberts:Jordyn Croft 17; Becky Ayre 6; Macy Ropp 8; Kelsey Kessner 4; Taylor Nelson 20.
Terry vs Absarokee Game 1
In a hard-fought contest the Lady Terriers pulled away in the final moments, ending with an 8-point victory over the Absarokee Lady Huskies. The game ended with the Terriers' 66 - 58 victory.
The game featured back and forth single digit leads between the two teams, as well as many trips to the foul line. Two of Absarokee's players fouled out in the second half of the game.
A significant aspect of Terry's success seemed to rely on their ability to maintain less turnovers, as well as taking advantage of each trip to the free throw line.
Terry 13 11 20 22 58
Absarokee 14 9 21 14 66
Scoring for Terry: Stickel 2; Dukart 13; Haidle 5; Kirkpatrick 17; Reukauf 14; Browning 15.
Scoring for Absarokee: Jessie Studiner 32; Nicki Brewer 4; Cary Ann Lohof 8; Keturah Stahl 2; Jamee Crabtree 4; Brittany Curl 8.