By Tim Huether
Bennett County picked up their first win of the girls high school basketball season with a well played, hard fought, 60-55 win over Lyman in Presho Saturday.
Stefonna Salomon and Amia Cottier had big nights for the Lady Warriors, scoring 18 and 13 points respectively.
The girls played a great overall game, limiting their turnovers and having good ball movement and solid defense from start to finish. Many different players scored and played good minutes for an overall outstanding team effort.
It was a very rough start out of the gate as the Lady Raiders took a quick 11-0 lead, prompting head coach Duke Waln to take a quick time out.
The Lady Warriors responded well as Isabel Risse took the ball to the hoop, scored and was fouled, then buried the free throw to make it 11-3. The team played hard and battled back to make it 18-9 at the end of one quarter.
The Lady Warriors finished off a 10-0 run that started late in the first quarter to cut the lead to a basket at 18-6, led by Amia Cottier’s five straight points.
The Warriors out-scored the Lady Raiders 20-12 in the second quarter, taking the lead at 29-26 on a nice baseline drive and score by Cottier. The Lady Raiders battled back in the final minute to lead 30-29 at the half.
Stefonna Salomon had a monster second quarter with 11 points, including a pair of three pointers.
Both teams played solid defense and hard in the third quarter with the Lady Warriors scoring the final four points of the quarter to lead 46-41. The Warriors had three pointers from Salomon, Cottier and Eden Fanning to lead the offense.
Lyman would climb back in the game to take a 51-50 lead, but a nice drive down the lane by Salomon put the Warriors back on top for good and they held on for the 60-55 win.
This game was full of fouls called on the floor with 85 free throws attempted by the two teams, with Lyman converting 26 and Bennett County 20 on the night.
Bennett County Scoring: Stefonna Salomon 18, Amia Cottier 13, Thomiah Poor Bear 8, Nicole Porch 6, Isabel Risse 5, Baily May 4, Eden Fanning 3, Emma Byrne 2 and Laney Fanning 1.