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Northern Cheyenne, Park City to battle in Southern C first round
The Northern Cheyenne Lady Eagles put together a good District 4C Tournament, reaching the conference championship game and advancing to this weekends Southern C Divisional tournament at the Custer County District High School gym.
The Lady Eagles will open the tournament on Thursday against Park City, the third-seed from the District 6C. Their game is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m.
The Lady Eagles (11-8) got off to a rocky start. Following a 58-52 loss to Class B St. Labre, the Lady Eagles found themselves with a 3-7 record. But starting with a 71-36 win over Terry, the Lady Eagles rattled off six straight wins, including an impressive 48-43 defeat of Broadus, to end the regular season.
In the 4C tournament, the Lady Eagles beat a good Rosebud team 78-32 in the first round and then took advantage of the biggest upset in the 4C Tournament.
Ekalaka, the eighth-seed in the 4C Tournament, upset top-seeded Wibaux in the first-round, meaning Northern Cheyenne took on Ekalaka in the semifinals.
Northern Cheyenne wasted no chances on becoming another upset victim, dispatching the Lady Bulldogs 62-48 to reach the tournament championship game.
In the championship game, the Lady Eagles never found their groove against Jordan, losing 68-44. It was their first loss in since January 24th.
The Lady Eagles feature a strong offense that averages over 53 points per game.
Tionne Carlson, the lone senior for Northern Cheyenne, leads the Lady Eagles offense, averaging over 15 points per game this season. She averaged 18 points per game in the 4C Tournament.
Miranda Spang, Allie Bear Comes Out, Larshay Shorty and Kellly Ponyah also contribute heavily to the Lady Eagles offense.
The Lady Eagles will face a good Park City team in the first-round. Park City comes into the Southern C Tournament with a 16-6 record on their season, with all four of their losses in Class C coming at the hands of Harlowton-Ryegate and Broadview-Lavina.
Take away the three losses to Braodview-Lavina, one to Harlowton-Ryegate and two to Class B Red Lodge and the Lady Panthers have had a fantastic season.
Park City played Harlowton-Ryegate as close as anyone this season, losing 55-41. During the regular season, they lost to Broadview-Lavina 62-43 and 38-28.
A seven-game winning streak in the middle of the season carried the Lady Panthers. Following losses to Red Lodge and Broadview-Lavina, they hammered Fromberg 69-21 to end the regular season.
In the first-round of the 6C Tournament, the Lady Panthers beat Absarokee 48-37. In the semifinals, they ran into Broadview-Lavina for the third time this season and lost 56-32.
In loser-out action, they beat Plenty Coups 53-39 to assure themselves a spot in the Southern C Divisional and then beat Absarokee for the second time on the weekend, 43-33 to secure the third-seed.
Park City also features a young roster, with just one senior in Brianna Gray.
Morgan Popp, a 5’11 junior, leads the team, averaging 11.2 points per game. Sophomore Cara Grewell, sophomore Hailee Gregerson and Gray all average over seven points per game.
The winner of the Northern Cheyenne/Park City first-round game will face the winner of Harlowton-Ryegate/Terry in the semifinals on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The losers of those first-round games will play at 1:30 p.m., in loser-out action.