Maidens find their rhythm on basketball court
RONAN – The Maidens have high hopes for the season and with a new boss in town, first year head coach Shelly Buhr, plans to make good on those goals. After a last place finish last year, Buhr is taking it one step at a time planning for a successful season. “We were fifth out of five last year,” she said, “(and we’re) hoping it will change this year.”
The Maidens are a step closer, splitting in the opening weekend of basketball at the Ronan/Polson hosted tip-off tournament. On Friday the Maidens crushed Libby, 44-19. Senior Raymi Clairmont netted 24 points leading her team to the victory. Junior Aspen Jore grabbed another 6 for the Maidens.
“The girls played well,” Buhr said of the Maidens’ first game of the season.
Clairmont and Jore have sparked some excitement in the Maiden team, showing leadership amongst their peers and proving their role to Buhr. “They’re good leaders on the court,” she said.
Game two in the tournament, played on Maidens’ turf against Bigfork, proved more difficult for the Maidens as they fell to the Valkyries 18-43.
“Bigfork’s a tall order team,” Buhr said. “They’re picked number one in conference.”
Despite the loss, Raymie Clairmont led the fight with eight points.
The future of Maiden basketball is still in the workings but through hard work and practice, Buhr is looking ahead. “It’s hard to say right now,” she said. “We’ll know shortly.”
The Maidens will continue their fighting spirit while on the road to Florence, Dec. 20 and then returning home to host Eureka on Dec. 21.
Ronan 10 14 10 10 – 44
Libby 4 5 7 3 – 19
Raymi Clairmont 24, Aspen Jore 6, Kendra Starkel 6, Jordyn Clairmont 2, Angela North Peigan 2, Alaina Wadsen 2, Malia Hamel 2.
Ronan 5 2 6 5 – 18
Bigfork 5 8 17 13 – 43
Raymi Clairmont 8, Aspen Jore 3, Malia Hamel 3, Alaina Madsen 2, Kendra Starkel 2.