The New Year’s Classic Tournament was held January 7, 8 and 9 in Kingston. The opening round of the tournament pitted the Kingston Lady Redskins and Broken Bow. This was the Lady Redskins first game since Dec. 12, 2020. After such a long layoff, it might be fair to say Coach Rumer’s team was a little rusty. However, the same was not true for Broken Bow, they led wire to wire. The final score 43 to 34.
In first quarter action, the Lady Redskins found themselves in what looked like an unfair fight. Broken Bow was big, fast, and athletic. They had a game plan to double team the post and push the ball up court quickly after every rebound.
Not being able to get it inside to Avri Weeks, the Lady Redskins resorted to shooting three-point goals to try and pull the defense out of the lane. However, the shots just did not fall. Weeks, Ryan Herndon and Kamrey Bohannon all managed a field goal. They ended the quarter trailing 15 to 6. The second quarter was
The second quarter was worse. Weeks managed a single free throw. At the half the lead was up to 20 points, making the score in Broken Bow’s favor, 27 to 7.
The third quarter saw the Lady Redskins start chipping away at the deficit. Weeks was fighting off the double teams and managed nine totals points. Kaya Weibner hit a pretty three pointer and the ladies trailed now by 34 to 19. Fourth quarter action had Weeks getting to the line and making 4 of 7 along with another field goal. Emi O’Steen found her shot and added a three and a two-point field goal. Reagan Davis and Bohannon added field goals. With 2:30 to play, the lead was cut to 36 to 32. Unfortunately, the Lady Redskins would not get any closer. Despite the furious comeback, the girls from Broken Bow kept their heads and finished strong, making the final score 43 to 34.
Box Score: Weeks finished with 18 points and was six of 11 from the line for 55 %, O’Steen had five points and was 0 for 2 from the line, Bohannon had four and Weibner had a three-pointer. Raegan Davis and Ryan Herndon had two points each.
Coach Rumer and his girls had a little time to rest, because they were scheduled to meet Talihina at 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning in the second round.