Lady Rangers experience first loss to Republic

REPUBLIC – The Selkirk girls’ basketball team endured their first loss of the season in an away game against Republic Friday, June 4. The final score was a close 36-32.

“We went into the game with some injuries and added to the number of injuries throughout the game,” coach Jack Couch said. “Unfortunately we struggled on both ends of the floor. We were surprised by our lack of success, with any group of five that we arranged.”

It was not due to lack of effort by the team, especially senior Bree Dawson, who led a great defensive effort with 12 steals, putting a lot of pressure on Republic’s offense.

“We have individuals that gave us a full out effort and we benefited by their leadership,” Couch said.

Sophomore Madison Chantry had a good night on the offense end of the court. She led all scoring with 16 points.

“Where we broke down and ultimately could not respond will be blamed on injuries affecting many of our productive players,” Couch said. “The positive that we will take away is every girl on our bench had an opportunity to play and the amount of learning was fast and furious, but needed to develop the youth that we carry.”

With two freshmen and four eighth graders, Selkirk is a young and upcoming team with years ahead, Couch added.

The Lady Rangers hosted Kettle Falls June 8 after deadline. Selkirk travels to Valley Christian Thursday, June 10 for a game at 6 p.m. Columbia comes to Selkirk Tuesday, June 15 (TBA).