End bid for state
by David J. Santistevan, Jr.
LA JUNTA — “It’s not how you start but how you finish. That’s how you will be remembered!” This old saying holds so true for the Hoehne Lady Farmers basketball team who improved throughout the 2017 season.
Last Friday Hoehne (14-9), came within a couple shots of playing in the regional final, but in the end a great effort fell short as HHS lost to Limon (19-4) 48-41 in a thrilling overtime game.
The Lady Farmers jumped out and took the early advantage in last Friday’s Colorado Class 2AA East Regional. Junior Brittanie Hill hit a three pointer, then junior Shaelyn Walton scored six to give the Lady Farmers an early lead. In this game of momentum changes and runs, Limon was the next to go on a run, 9-0 run to end the first quarter to tie the game up at 11-11.
Limon then continued their run, taking a 17-13 advantage midway through the second period. The Lady Farmers then hit some key free-throws from the charity strip late in the first half to once again tie the game at 17-17 at the half.
The third quarter was a back and forth affair, as both teams continued the solid play on the defensive side of the ball. Walton scored eight in the quarter giving HHS the 26-25 one-point lead after heading into the fourth quarter.
This see-saw matchup went on as the end of regulation neared. Hoehne had a chance to put the game away, but two turnovers and Limon’s Toni Lopez hitting of free throws tied the game with just over a minute left in regulation.
In overtime, the Lady Farmers ran out of gas as Limon’s depth on the bench helped the Lady Badgers to a lead late in the extra frame. Four free throws put the game away,handing Hoehne a 48-41 overtime loss.
In the loss, Hoehne’s Walton scored a game high 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field and had eight boards in the game. Hill added six.
Hoehne shot 13 of 28 from inside the three point line, and they were 12 of 17 from the free-throw line. Limon’s freshman Toni Lopez scored a team 16 points included eight in the fourth quarter and overtime. Lopez also had nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Coach Ryan Coberly said,“I was so proud of our effort today and the entire season. Our girls left everything out on the floor. I am proud of them of them for that, I really am, They gave it everything they had, and really showed heart. Where we were, and where we ended up, just a shot or two, a bounce of the ball away from playing in the regional final. We had to over come some key injuries, and our girls adapted moving from one position to another to give us a better opportunity to be a better team.
These girls really should be proud of how they improved from the start of the season to getting to Regionals. (Seniors) Zoe Revas and Sydney Aragon were solid for us and we will miss them. Our juniors, Walton, Hill, Madison Cummings and Jaylyn Tortorelli were great. They helped out and played solid this year. We missed Jaylyn, who was hurt, and we missed her the last two games. Our underclassman came up big when we asked them to. The experience they gained this year will help us in the years to come.”adding, “I would like to thank our students, staff at Hoehne, our parents, and everyone who supported us and helped us. Thank you!”
Hoehne 11 06 10 08 06 41
Limon 11 06 09 11 11 4