The Kemmerer Lady Rangers basketball team closed out its season last weekend at the 2A West regional tournament. The young team fought hard, but did not qualify for the state tournament.
“No matter how you look at it, that was difficult for us to not make the state tournament, and nothing I say can really make that any easier,” said head coach Tim Fagnant. “I’ve learned a lot from coaching this group this year.”
Kemmerer opened regionals in Riverton on Thursday, Feb. 21, against No. 1 NW Greybull. Kemmerer fell to Greybull 66-39.
In the consolation round on Friday, Feb. 22, the Lady Rangers defeated Tongue River 47-33, eliminating Tongue River from the state tournament.
“Beating Tongue River, that was something that we’ll be able to hang our hat on going into the offseason,” Fagnant said. “This team had to grow up from the get go, and it is a tough task to ask of such a young team, but I’m very proud of their effort this year.”
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Lady Rangers played Rocky Mountain and fell 47-29, a loss that eliminated them from the 2A state tournament.
“As young as we are, we did very well,” Fagnant said. “We had an incredibly tough conference and got four more wins than last season.”
The Lady Rangers finished the season with a 6–19 record. Kemmerer will return most of their roster next season, something Fagnant said is a big plus for this team.
“I’m looking forward to the offseason,” Fagnant said. “After we get this season behind us and the girls get some rest, I hope they’re just as eager to compete at a higher level next year. We’ll get there. It will take some time, but we are capable.”