Lady Buffs take seventh at BDC

FORT PIERRE - The Stanley County Lady Buffs earned their second victory of the season on their way to finishing seventh in the Big Dakota Conference Tournament Saturday in Fort Pierre.

The Buffaloes earned their seventh place finish with a win over McLaughlin 26-24 and 25-18. The win came after Stanley County was defeated by Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in straight sets 25-21 and 25-19. Stanley County lost its opening round matchup to Mobridge 25-4 and 25-9.

Despite not playing to their potential throughout the day, the Lady Buffs were able to grind out a victory against McLaughlin. The win was far from easy though as both sets were close for the majority of play.

Stanley County's Hailey N. tips a kill attempt past the block of a Mobridge-Pollock defender during the first game of the Big Dakota Conference tournament at Parkview Gymnasium.

Stanley County looked to win the first set easily after Nicole Smith's kill gave it an 11-6 lead. Communication issues would hinder the Lady Buffs though and the Midgets were able to erase the deficit with five consecutive points.

An attack by Hailey Norman temporarily restored order as it gave Stanley County an 18-16 advantage. The Midgets fought back to tie the set at 23 until Jenny Ganske's attack broke the tie.

With the set tied at 23, Madison Hand's ace broke the tie and the Lady Buffs were able to take the set with an attack by Shelby Gienger.

The Midgets took the momentum early in the second set until Kelly Sweetman's kill ended a 4-0 run and sparked a 5-0 run for the Lady Buffs.

The two teams appeared to be evenly matched as they battled to a tie at 14. It was all Stanley County from that point on.

The Lady Buffs took a 21-18 lead after a kill by Gienger and Smith pushed the lead to four after an attack. The Lady Buffs continued to dominate on their way to a 25-18 win to end the game.

"We needed a win to continue to boost our confidence, the win over McLaughlin shows that we can play and were determined to get a win. Overall, I don't think we had a very successful tournament," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said.

Hand led the way for the Lady Buffs with seven digs and six assists. Gienger had 10 digs in the victory.

Despite the win, the Lady Buffs struggled throughout the tournament. The Lady Buffs opened their tournament against the No. 1 ranked Mobridge-Pollock Lady Tigers.

The Lady Buffs were quickly humbled against the undefeated Lady Tigers as they were defeated in quick fashion. The Lady Buffs' lone highlight of the first set was an ace by Gienger to start the set.

Mobridge eventually put their foot down and scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 10-3 lead. Mobridge continued to dominate on their way to a 25-4 first set win.

Mobridge also dominated the second set; the Lady Tigers scored six of the set's first seven points to take an early lead.

The Lady Buffs would answer with three consecutive points to cut the lead to two but that was the closest they would come. Mobridge would win the set 25-9.

"I think the girls were a little intimidated by Mobridge's record. Being young and inexperienced we weren't prepared for what they brought. When they brought their defense and hits we kind of stepped back and stopped playing our game," Mundt said.

The Lady Buffs looked to salvage their tournament in their matchup against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. The Lady Buffs seemed to be in control of the set when Hand gave them an 18-12 lead with an ace.

The Braves would rally to score 10 of the next 13 points to not only void the deficit but take the lead. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte would go on to win the set 25-21.

"We stopped being aggressive, throughout the whole tournament we played very timid and I think this whole tournament was a learning experience about how important consistency is.

The second set wasn't much better for Stanley County as it dug itself into an early 4-1 whole to begin the set.

An attack by Gienger brought the Lady Buffs within four with an 11-7 score. Stanley County would not get any closer than four. The Braves won the set 25-19.

The Lady Buffs will look to bounce back in their next contest against Miller. The matchup against Miller will take place in Miller at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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