Lady Warriors fall to Lady Falcons in season opener

By Tim Huether

It was a tough way to start the season for the Bennett County Lady Warriors, against one of the top five girls basketball teams in the state, Todd County, and the Lady Falcons showed off their talent in a 78-29 win in Martin Saturday.

Todd County’s All-State player Caelyn Valandra-Prue put up 32 points in limited play for the Lady Falcons and showed why she is one of the premier overall athletes in the state with her play. However, she also has a very talented group of teammates that helped them jump to an early 17-0 lead.

Bennett County Sophomore Lexi Bair broke the scoring ice with a pair of free throws, then KeAnna Fly dropped in a three pointer to make it 21-5. 

Todd County scored the final eight points of the quarter to lead 29-5 at the buzzer.

Todd County kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter and would lead 58-16 at the half.

The Lady Warriors scored most of their second quarter points from the free throw line with the exception of a field goal by Erica Bakley. Carissa Louden converted three free throws, Lexi Bair two, KeAnna Fly 2 and Tabitha Pettit andJosie May one free throw each.

Bair put up four third quarter points and Jessica Begeman and Lainee Link added two points for the Lady Warriors, as the Lady Falcons led 68-24 heading to the final quarter.

A Bair three pointer and a field goal by Erika Bakley was the lone scoring in the fourth quarter for the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Warriors next play is Dec. 15 with a girls and boys double header in Gordon with the first game set for 2 p.m.

BC scoring: Lexi Bair 11, KeAnna Fly 5, Erica Bakley 4, Carissa Louden 3, Jessica Begeman 2, Lainee Link 2, Josie May 1, Tabitha Pettit 1.

Todd County won the JV game 48-8. BC scoring: Shakyra Poor Thunder 4, Tarryn Petrak 2, Pricilla Has No Horse 2.

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