Lady Rangers work on playing with aggression, composure

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Lady Rangers Madelyn Gregory, Kinzee Painter, Charity Chamberlain and Kyla Pollard play defense against Lyman earlier this season. The Kemmerer girls host Mountain View on Friday, Feb. 1, with the J.V. game at 4:00 p.m. and the varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Rangers basketball team continues to take strides and grow this season, according to head coach Tim Fagnant.

“These girls are learning how to compete,” Fagnant said. “We’re getting better every day.”

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Lady Rangers hosted No.1 Wyoming Indian and lost 73–21.

“We had a tough time against Wyoming Indian, and I think we lost our composure,” Fagnant said.

The Lady Rangers played much better on Saturday, Jan. 26, against 1A Cokeville. Kemmerer came back from being down 17–1, but ultimately fell to Cokeville 62–49. The weekend games brought their overall season record to 4-13 and their 2A Southwest conference record to 0-3. 

“We struggled in Friday’s game, so on Saturday against a tough opponent like Cokeville, it was a matter of whether we were going to fold or were we going to keep fighting. It was good to see that we didn’t give up,” Fagnant said.

The Lady Rangers will host Mountain View on Friday, Feb. 1, with the J.V. game at 4:00 p.m. and the varsity game to follow at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a big test coming up against Mountain View,” Fagnant said. “They’re quick and athletic, and they work hard to get the ball to the hole.”

The Lady Rangers have been working on playing aggressively all season. They have competed well against some tough opponents, like 3A Lyman, where the game was down to the wire but Kemmerer just missed the win, 38-35.

“We’re not yet where we need to be as far as aggression,” Fagnant said. “We try to put that pressure in practice to simulate those game scenarios. Our aggression is killed by fouling. We put our opponents on the line a lot, so we need to have better positioning on defense.”

Fagnant discussed the importance of maintaining composure, especially on a young Lady Ranger team.

“Young as we are, we have to learn different things in different ways,” Fagnant said. “We can’t let emotion get in the way of our performance.”

The team has about a month until the regional tournament. Last season the Lady Rangers played well at regionals but didn’t make the state tournament.

“It would be nice to get a conference win before the regional tournament,” Fagnant said. “We are capable of that. Our next conference games are against Wind River and Shoshoni. If we can play without fouling too much and go in with confidence, we can do that.” 

After the game against Mountain View on Friday, the Lady Rangers have their next game on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Big Piney, with the J.V. game at 4:00 p.m. and the varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

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