Lady Rangers compete at 2018 Manila Holiday Classic

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Junior Charity Chamberlain makes a pass in the Lady Rangers game in the Manila Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Lady Rangers varsity was 2–1 at the tournament.

The Lady Rangers played in the Manila Holiday Classic tournament last weekend in Manila, Utah. The Kemmerer varsity girls were successful, winning two out of three games at the tournament.

“Coach Julian and I are very proud of the girls and their effort throughout every game,” said varsity coach Tim Fagnant. “Our players know we really have to play hard in all four quarters, and the girls are doing that.”

After two weekends of tournaments, the Lady Rangers are now 3–3 on the 2018-2019 season.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the Lady Rangers played the Lady Pirates from Green River, Utah, and won 43–16.

“Those first two games (of the season) we were reacting to our opponent instead of dictating what they do,” Fagnant said. “When we went into the Big Piney game, we changed the tempo, and we just kept that going into the next weekend.”

Kyla Pollard had three steals, four rebounds and five points. Madelyn Gregory had eight points, six rebounds and four steals. Kinzee Painter had 10 points, two rebounds and four steals against Green River. Olivia Nielson had 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals.Gregory had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals against Hayden. Nielson had four points, seven rebounds, four steals and a block.

Madelyn Gregory passes the ball in the Lady Rangers game against Intermountain Christian School on Dec. 15.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Kemmerer faced off against a tough team from Hayden, Colo., and fell in a close game, 42–37. 

“For us to be 3-3 at this point is a really positive step for this program,” Fagnant said.

The Kemmerer girls were victorious over Intermountain Christian School from Holladay, Utah, and won that game 44–34.

Gregory dropped 20 points in the game against ICS and had nine rebounds and one assist.

Painter scored seven points and picked up two steals against ICS. Pollard had two steals.

The first test for the Lady Rangers in the new year will be on Jan. 4 and 5 at the Kemmerer tournament.

“We will continue to practice our fundamentals on the defensive end, and we’ll try to implement a few different pressure packages by the end of the year so that we’re not as predictable,” Fagnant said.  “It’s exciting to be where we’re at.”

They will play Rich High School to kick off the tournament.