Morgan Wille, a Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School senior, puts up a lay-up Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain in Baggs, Wyo. The Rattlers held Hanna to single-digit points in every quarter en route to a 60-11 victory.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Morgan Wille, a Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School senior, puts up a lay-up Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain in Baggs, Wyo. The Rattlers held Hanna to single-digit points in every quarter en route to a 60-11 victory.

LSRV girls basketball stifles Hanna offense in 60-11 victory

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Box score from the Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain in Baggs, Wyo.:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• LSRV — 23 — 11 — 17 — 9 — 60

• Hanna — 2 — 2 — 2 — 5 — 11

LSRV leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Caelee Criswell — 12

• Kailee Adams — 11

• Callie Wilson — 10

• Morgan Wille — 8

• Lydia Skalberg — 8

— Caelee Criswell and Morgan Wille showed no signs of rust coming off their holiday break Friday against Hanna-Elk Mountain.

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School seniors shot the LSRV girls varsity basketball team to an early 9-0 lead in the first minute of play in Baggs, Wyo., and the Rattlers never let up en route to a 60-11 victory on their home court.

“We knew Hanna was really young and they would struggle against our pressure defense,” head coach Jodi Stanley said. “We did a good job early on executing our offense and moving the ball around. It was the first zone (defense) we saw all year, and I thought we did a good job.”

The Rattlers (9-0 overall, 1-0 Three Trails Conference) didn’t allow Hanna to score a bucket until almost halfway through the first quarter.

The Miners (1-10 overall, 0-1 Three Trails Conference) scored single-digit points in all four quarters — two in each of the first three and five in the final quarter.

Wille had seven steals and Criswell added five in limited minutes.

“We put tough pressure on good ball handling teams, so I think we were too much for (Hanna),” Stanley said. “They have a lot of freshmen, so it was something they weren’t use to and after we put some of our younger sophomore players in, they kept up the pressure and getting steals.”

The Rattlers worked the ball around the perimeter all night, looking for the open shot.

Criswell led LSRV with 12 points, sophomore Kailee Adams scored 11 and Wille added eight points.

Stanley said her team could have shot better from the field but did improve in free throws, going seven for 12 from the charity strip.

“Free throw shooting had been our nemesis early in the season and we made that one of our focuses for 2012,” she said. “We did better from there, but not as well from the field. Being the first zone we have faced, I think we could have taken better shots, but I was pleased with our effort.”

Stanley said when going up against a team the Rattlers should dominate, the strategy is to set individual goals to stay focused.

“We thought we could hold them to under 10 points and we wanted to score 60,” she said. “We wanted to keep working for our individual goals and frustrate our opponent.”

The Rattlers play Saratoga at 3 p.m. today in Baggs.

Stanley said a strong start to league play will help keep the girls focused throughout the season.

“We lost a little focus toward the end of the game with our younger players and with a big lead,” she said. “We had good practices over the break and built some confidence, and we just need to keep it up.”

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