Morgan McClaren takes the ball down the court during the girls varsity game against Rich High School on Thursday, Jan. 24, on the Lady Rangers’ home turf.
GAZETTE PHOTO/Mark Vickery
Lady Rangers vs. Lady Rebels
On Thursday, Jan. 24, The Lady Rangers hosted the always tough Lady Rebels from Rich County, Utah.
Tia Tiller started the scoring with a three-point shot followed by a steal and assist to Madison Vickery for two to make the score 5-3. With 2:45 left in the first quarter, Marie McClaren knocked down a three to make the score 9-8. Vickery made one of two from the free throw line. Lady Rebel Alisa Peterson, a 6’ 1” post player, made it difficult to run the offense by either blocking or altering shots underneath. At the end of the first quarter, the Rebels led with a score of 13-10.
With 5:15 left in the second quarter, Tiller scored from the 3 to tie the score at 13-13. Tiller with another three and Lexi Julian with two gave the Rangers a 5-0 run to tie it at 20-20 at half.
The Rebels came out in the third quarter, had a 12-0 run and ran the clock down to 3:10 mark before the Lady Rangers scored. The Rebels outscored the Rangers 16-4. The quarter ended 36-24.
The Lady Rebels kept up with their strong defense underneath. The Kemmerer ladies continued to work hard to try to get back in the game. Morgan McClaren hit a three with 1:30 left in the game. The Rebels came away with a 53-31 win.
The leading scorer for the Lady Rangers was Tia Tiller with 13, followed by Vickery with 7, Marie McClaren with 6, Morgan McClaren with 3 and Lexi Julian with 2.
The Kemmerer JV ladies lost to the JV Rebels with a score of 38-32.
Lady Rangers vs. Lady Panthers
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Lady Panthers came to town. They always seem to be ready to play, and play they did.
The Panthers started the game with a 9-0 run. With 4:40 on the clock, Madison Vickery scored first for the Rangers. The Panthers started out with three of four from beyond the arc. Kennadi Gilbert finished the scoring in the first quarter. Kemmerer trailed 18-7.
Again Vickery started the scoring in the second quarter, and with 5:20 left, Tiller hit two technical shots and Morgan McClaren hit a three with 3:30 left. The Rangers closed the gap to 22-16. During the last 3 minutes, they could only score two more points.
Both teams scored 11 points in the second quarter. The score at the half was 29-18.
Gilbert had a steal and a basket to start the third quarter. Only a couple of minutes later Gilbert picked up her fourth foul. The two teams again traded point for point and the Lady Panthers kept their lead of 11 going into the fourth quarter.
Five seconds in, Tiller made two free throws. At the 7:00 mark there were three lady Rangers with four fouls each. But there was no quitting for these ladies with threes from Marie McClaren and Tiller, a steal and basket from Gilbert and Vickery for two.
With only three minutes left, the Rangers were within two points. Then the wheels fell off with two Lady Rangers fouling out and the Panthers 5-0 run.
The Panthers held on to the win, 57-49. The leading scorer for the Rangers was Tiller with 16, Vickery with 15, Gilbert with six, Marie McClaren with six, Morgan McClaren with three, Julian with two and Abby Brunski with one.
The JV ladies played just about the same type of game. At the end of the first quarter the Panthers had an 18-2 lead but The Rangers fought back and ended up with a four-point loss, 45-41.