A fast start and a decisive finish helped the Lady Braves overcome a turnover-plagued third quarter en route to the program’s third consecutive win over Torrington in the last three years at the 3A State Tournament.
Lindi Moore scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first half as Star Valley built a 21-point lead. The Blazers battled back in the third with a flurry of forced turnovers and some timely three-point baskets to cut the lead to eight points but they would get no closer. Kenadee Jenkins scored 12 points including a perfect 10/10 from the free throw line while Rylee Burmester added nine points down low. Senior Morgan Dana scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds.
“We turned the ball over way too much in the second half so we’ll have to do a better job with that tomorrow,” said head coach Dave Moore. “But it was one of those games that required us to overcome some adversity and those can help you in tournament play.”
The win put the Lady Braves (17-4) into the semi-finals for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five years where they will play the Newcastle Dogies (19-4) who defeated Powell 44-30. Star Valley and Newcastle have not met in the state tournament since the end of the 2004-05 season which was a 49-41 victory for the Lady Braves.