The Lady Braves accompanied the boys to Miller on December 11 as part of the Saturday doubleheader to take on the Lady Rustlers. Having lost their two previous matches, the Lady Braves were looking to improve their standing before heading to the Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The girls came out with a lot of heart and determination, but their problems taking care of the ball and finding the basket hurt them almost immediately. They were flying around the court and playing swarming defensive, but they just could not find the opening on the basket until Sydnee White Feather broke the ice at the 5:28 mark in the first quarter. Then it took almost the rest of the quarter before Cassie Carter could make another basket for CEB. In the meantime, the Lady Rustlers made five field goals, one free throw, and one 3-point shot to go up 4 to 14 when the first quarter came to an end.
In the second quarter, Cassie Carter was the only Brave to make baskets. Her seven points helped to keep her team in the game, but when the Rustlers got ten points, they managed to push their lead out to thirteen points when the first half expired – 11 to 24.
The third quarter was the best quarter for the Braves. Five different players contributed to add another 13 points to their overall total. Unfortunately, the Rustlers managed to outscore them by getting 16 points. Thus, when the quarter came to an end the Rustlers pushed their lead out to 24 to 40.
In the final frame the girls never gave up, but finding a basket became even more difficult. It didn’t help that the men in the black and white shirts were blowing their whistles like their lives depended on it. Out of the 13 points the Rustlers got in the fourth quarter, eight came from the free throw line as compared to two for the Braves. So when the curtain came down, it was 29 to 53 in favor of the home team.
Even though the ladies now have three losses, Coach Allen Benoist has to be proud that his girls never quit running, were on the floor diving for loose balls, and fought hard underneath the board for both offensive and defensive rebounds. Thus, it is only matter of time before things start clicking for his team and things turn around.