WHEATLAND – The Wheatland Lady Bulldogs had two home games this weekend, falling to Thermopolis 58-31 and Worland 74-49.
On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs fell behind early and were unable to recover. Their strong play in the second half was not enough to dig Wheatland out of the hole it put itself in to open the contest.
“Our gals were unable to outwork our opponent and fell behind early in the game,” coach Sally Nichols said. “Kaesha Davis came in in the third quarter and was a spark of energy. Our gals pushed, yet could not overcome the deficit we had built in the first half.”
Danielle Brow had another standout game, posting 20 points, eight boards and nine steals, all of which were team-highs, in the loss. Loren Mann chipped in four points for the Lady Bulldogs.
On the glass, Miranda Hanks racked up eight rebounds and Khayla Otero added another seven.
“Our gals struggled against a dynamic senior point guard in (Haley) McDermott from Thermopolis,” Nichols said. “Going into the game we felt evenly matched, yet McDermott’s leadership showed from the start.”
Saturday’s contest against Worland had the same results as Friday in a Lady Bulldog loss, but according to Nichols, the team played much better.
“Saturday was a much better game in regards to heart and effort for the Bulldogs,” she said. “Khayla Otero and Danielle Brow led the way driving through the lane, yet it was a total team effort.”
Otero paced Wheatland with 16 points, followed closely by Brow, who packed her stat line with 12 points, five boards and three steals. Mann turned in eight points and five rebounds, while Danielle Britz rounded out the top scorers with six points.
“Danielle Britz did a tremendous job leading with communication on the court,” Nichols said.
Hanks again led the way with seven rebounds, with Jaydon Heimsoth adding another five.
The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 2-13 on the year, with a 1-3 record against quadrant opponents, tying them for third in the standings with Newcastle (4-10, 1-3). Wheatland returns to its floor Friday with a game at 7 p.m. against Glenrock, before hitting the road Saturday to take on Douglas, starting at 5:30 p.m.