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Undefeated Harlowton-Ryegate rolling into divisionals, Terry looking for the upset
The first game of the Southern C Divisional Tournament at the Custer County District High School gym will feature the top-seeded team from the 6C, Harlowton-Ryegate, and the fourth-seeded team from the 4C, Terry.
The Lady Engineers and Lady Terriers will get underway at 1:30 p.m.
Harlowton-Ryegate suffered a deep tragedy midway through the season, but has rolled into the Southern C with a perfect 21-0 record.
In January, senior guard Dusty Taber was killed in a car accident. The Lady Engineers were 8-0 at the time. The Lady Engineers didn’t postpone any of their scheduled games, beating Fromberg 68-20 and Custer-Hysham 62-40 in their first action after the tragedy.
Harlowton-Ryegate features an intense, stingy defense that allows just 24 points per game. Only twice this season have the Lady Engineers allowed more than 40 points. They gave up 41 to Park City in a 55-41 win and 40 to Custer-Hysham in a 62-40 win.
The Lady Engineers have had big wins, by as many as 48 and 58 this year, but have been tested, especially by Broadview-Lavina.
While Harlowton-Ryegate has won all three meetings with Broadview-Lavina, the three games were decided by a total of 16 points.
In the 6C Divisionals, the Lady Engineers rolled to a 60-13 win over Bridger in the first-round and a 63-12 pasting of Custer-Hysham in the semifinals.
That set up a championship bout against Broadview-Lavina.
In the championship game, the Lady Engineers jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first-quarter, but had to fend off the Lady Pirates the rest of the way.
Broadview-Lavina cut the score to 34-30 going into the fourth, but the stingy Harlowton-Ryegate defense did their job to sneak out with the 40-37 win.
Kinsey Schwers, who has led the Lady Engineers throughout the season, had 19 points in the championship win. Makenzie Wasson and Kayla McCarthy each added six.
The Lady Engineers come in averaging 55.1 points on offense. Schwers, a senior, is averaging 17 points per game, and has averaged 17.7 since the death of Taber, who was averaging 10.9 points per game.
Wasson, a senior, comes in averaging 12.7 per game to help lead the offense. Fellow senior Kylie Mahan and freshman Kaitlin Lane have both stepped in offensively in the last 13 games.
Terry (11-10) had an interesting season going into the 4C Tournament. They opened the year with four wins, but then lost four straight. They won three of their next four, but then lost four straight. They went 2-1 going into the 4C district tournament.
In the first round at the 4C, the Lady Terriers lost to eventual champion Jordan 74-70. That close game sparked the Lady Terriers, who then beat Melstone and Ekalaka to advance to the Southern C.
Senior Lexie Schlosser has been fantastic all season, but did even better at the 4C. She was averaging just under 20 points per game on the season, but then dropped 30 against Jordan and 32 against Ekalaka.
Caitlin Lantis averages over 13 points per game and Caty Morrison averages just under eight.
The winner of the Harlowton-Ryegate/Terry first-round game will play the winner of Park City/Northern Cheyenne in the semifinals on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The losers of those first-round games will meet in loser-out action at 1:30 p.m., on Friday.