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Broadview-Lavina, Broadus meet in anticipated first-round game
In what could be the best game of the opening round of the Southern C Divisional Tournament, at least on paper, the Broadview-Lavina Lady Pirates will play the Broadus Lady Hawks at 8 p.m., on Thursday night at the Custer County District High School gym.
Both teams finished the regular season in second place in their respective conferences. Broadview-Lavina (18-3) held to that, placing second at the District 6C Tournament, while Broadus (15-6) had to battle back to place third at the District 4C Tournament.
If it wasn’t for a pesky team just down Highway 12, the Lady Pirates would be undefeated on the season.
Harlowton-Ryegate handed Broadview-Lavina all three of their losses, although all were competitive games.
The Lady Pirates opened the season with a 67-24 win over White Sulphur Springs and then beat a very good Winnett-Grass Range team, 37-34 in overtime. Winnett-Grass Range has already locked up a berth in the State C Tournament.
But then came the first meeting with the Lady Engineers, which Harlowton-Ryegate won 44-36.
Broadview-Lavina then rattled off eight straight wins, including wins over Park City (52-43) and Class B Joliet (54-27).
And then they took on Harlowton-Ryegate again. In what can only be described as a defensive struggle, Harlowton-Ryegate edged Broadview-Lavina 26-21.
The Lady Pirates fell behind 12-5 after the first quarter, and while they out-scored the Lady Engineers 16-14 in the next three quarters, it wasn’t quite enough.
The Lady Pirates then won another eight straight games, including a 63-34 win over Roberts in the 6C first-round and a 56-32 win over Park City in the semifinals.
In the championship game, against Harlowton-Ryegate again, the script was pretty much the same as their second regular season meeting.
The Lady Engineers got off to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and hung on as the Lady Pirates outscored them 33-26 in the final three periods, but got the 40-37 win.
Krista Schott, who has played outstanding the last seven games, led Broadview-Lavina with 16 points in the championship game loss.
Schott, a 5’5 freshman, averaged 22 points per game in the 6C Tournament and has averaged 15.6 in the Lady Pirates last seven games.
Abby Bymaster, a 5’9 senior, has averaged over 11 points per game this season. Alexi Payne, a 5’9 sophomore, averages 10.4 per game, while Kalyn Hensen averages over eight per game.
For Broadus, their first year playing Class C basketball has been a successful one.
After opening the season 1-2, with their losses coming against Harlowton-Ryegate (44-28) and Class B St. Labre (61-59), the Lady Hawks won eight straight games before their first meeting with Wibaux, losing 42-39.
They suffered another loss to Wibaux, 41-29 and also had a 48-43 loss to Northern Cheyenne. But during all of that, they did hand Jordan two of their three losses on the season, winning 48-47 and 42-38.
In the 4C Tournament, the Lady Hawks opened with a 74-30 drubbing of Melstone and looked like they were going to run away with the semifinal win over Jordan.
The Lady Hawks led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, but gave it all away in a 58-55 loss.
Wibaux, the regular season champion of the 4C, suffered a shocking upset in the first round and had to battle through the loser-out bracket.
The top-seeded Lady Longhorns and the second-seeded Lady Hawks met in loser-out action, rather than in the championship game as expected.
Broadus trailed Wibaux 23-17 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Longhorns 17-5 in the third quarter to take control of the game and cruised to the 45-39 win.
Taylor Price and Amanda Gaskill led the Lady Hawks I the win with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Price and Gaskill lead a balanced Broadus offense that averages 52 points per game.
The duo each average over 10 points per game, while Amy and Alyssa Riley, Haley Trucano and Brooke Hansen are major contributors to the Broadus offense.
The winner of the Broadus/Broadview-Lavina first-round game will play the winner of Jordan/Absarokee in the semifinals on Friday night at 8 p.m. The loser of those first round games will play in loser-out action on Friday at 3 p.m.