Lady Punchers finish season at Regionals
LANDER – The Big Piney High School Lady Punchers battled Greybull and Kemmerer through four closely contested sets at the 2A West Regional Tournament in Lander on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29.
Squaring off against the Greybull Lady Buffaloes in the quarterfinals, Big Piney came out swinging and scored a decisive win in the first set. Despite a fight by the Lady Punchers, Greybull won the next sets for a 3-1 victory.
Big Piney fell into the consolation bracket and received a bye due to an uneven number of teams in the conference.
On Saturday morning, the Lady Punchers played the Kemmerer Lady Rangers in a high-stakes, winner-takes-all game.
Kemmerer pulled ahead to take the first set. Undaunted, the Lady Punchers made an impressive rally and defeated the Lady Rangers by 6 points in the second set.
Kemmerer edged out Big Piney in the third set. Digging deep, the Lady Punchers kept the score close. Kemmerer eventually pulled ahead to win the set and score a 3-1 victory.
“The Regional Tournament this year was tough,” said Head Coach Kinsy Voss. “Greybull took us in four sets, but I felt that we played well against them. Greybull looked good against us and kept us fighting. We wanted to get Kemmerer in the lower-out game, but unfortunately Kemmerer took advantage of our open spots and we just lacked to adjust to them.”
Big Piney dominated the first set.
Greybull sent a serve out of bounds. Senior Sharianne Brower served a point. Fellow senior Hannah Runyan wound up a powerful kill. Brower scored again from the service line.
Senior Brittany Tatum leapt up for a block. Sophomore Micah Strong delivered a kill.
Greybull struck out responding to a hit by freshman Kodee Greene. Coverage by senior Shelby Guest and Strong led to a point.
Greybull tied the set at 10 points. Runyan slammed over a kill, assisted by Brower. Guest served up a pair of points. Runyan spiked the ball twice and then set the ball over the net.
Runyan scored two more points while serving. Guest made a dig and Strong aced a serve. Brower tipped the ball over and Guest scored a kill.
Runyan defended the net for game point, 25-20.
The Lady Buffaloes scored first in the second set. Runyan responded with a kill, following saves by freshman Lizzy Brandt and senior Brynne Hoffman. Runyan tipped the ball to tie the set at 3 points. Greybull failed to return a serve by Runyan, and Big Piney pulled ahead.
Guest made a dig, passing the ball for Strong to score. Strong made a second kill and Runyan served a point.
Greybull tied the set at 10 points but tangled with the net returning a hit by Guest.
The Lady Buffaloes then pulled ahead until scoring game point, 25-19.
Greybull controlled most of the third set and scored a 25-14 win. The Lady Buffaloes went on to win the fourth set, 25-16.
The Lady Rangers won the first set, 25-13.
Refusing to yield, Big Piney answered back in the second set. Guest slammed over a kill, assisted by Brower. Runyan whipped up an ace and Guest made a block.
Greene tipped the ball. Kemmerer served into the net. Strong powered over three kills.
Greene defended the net and Strong bumped a point. Strong reached up for a block. Runyan tipped the ball and Strong spiked a point.
Kemmerer struck net responding to a serve by Guest. Greene spiked point 20. Guest made a kill and Greene tipped the ball. Kemmerer served into the net and struck out on a serve by Guest for Big Piney to score game point, 25-19.
Kemmerer turned the tables in the second set with a 25-8 win.
The Lady Punchers rallied and made the Lady Rangers fight for points in the fourth set until Kemmerer ultimately pulled ahead to score game point, 25-15.
Coach Voss praised the team for a strong season, including seven wins.
“I had a lot of growth from my seniors this year and they really made great strides in their personal game,” she said. “Many of the younger girls rose up and became varsity players. It’s always tough when the season ends, but I look forward to watching these girls in their winter sports.”