It was a historic season for the Big Piney girls’ basketball team as they qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2002. It is a program that was only 2 years from a winless season, the improvement has therefore been exponential. The Punchers secured a berth in the State Tournament with a big win over Wind River in the 2A West Regional Tournament. Big Piney ended up being the 4th seed to come out of that region, which gave them a first-round date with Lusk at the State tournament.
The Punchers struggled on the pitch in this game shooting just 26 percent from the ground, but received 11 points from All-States player Cassidy Espenscheid and 8 rebounds from Ryker Goodman. Big Piney ended up staying an extra day at Casper thanks to a 63-59 victory over Moorcroft in the consolation round. The Punchers outscored Wolves 22-10 in the 4th quarter and were punctuated by Espenscheid with 21 as she was 10-18 off the free throw line. Hanna Hansen had 12 and 10 of those points came from the charity band.
In the contest for 5th / 6th place, Big Piney lost to Pine Bluffs 43-42 as they rallied 13 to make it a game. Espenscheid was again strong with 16 points and Hansen contributed 12 as the Punchers concluded the season 9-14. Big Piney has come a long way after years of futility, but will lose 3 important players to his graduation. Espenscheid was a senior and two all-conference caps, Ryker Goodman and Jakobi Hibbert were also seniors. The team will have to rebuild around the selection of all conferences Hanna Hansen, one of 6 seniors to be for the 2021-22 season. We have a short video for you on the Punchers basketball team. Enjoy!
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