The Cut Bank Lady Wolves went 0-2 at the District 1B Tournament last weekend in Choteau to end their season. The Lady Wolves were upset in their opening match and couldn’t bounce back as they now look ahead to next season.
The Lady Wolves went in as the fourth seed and took on fifth seeded Great Falls Central in their opening match. The Lady Wolves swept the Mustangs twice during the regular season but it was Great Falls Central, new to the Class B ranks this season, pulling off the upset 25-22, 25-23, 25-18.
Aryana Black led the team with nine kills and three aces followed by Jada Doore with seven kills and two blocks. The rest of the roster combined for just two kills and nine hitting errors in the match. Sam Burke dished out 11 assists and also tallied nine digs and three aces while Sienna Spotted Bear led the team with 12 digs. Camille Bradley followed with six digs while Brianne Murphy, Shelby BigSpring and Sydnei Littrell each had four digs.
“Central came out strong and played tough,” said head coach Kelsey Brown. “They came ready to play. I think our girls overlooked them and we just weren’t there emotionally or mentally. We really couldn’t get anything going or a flow to the game. I was pleased with the leadership from Sam and Aryana in the match.”
The loss sent the Lady Wolves to a loser-out match with Fairfield, whom the Lady Wolves split regular season matches with. The Eagles started strong and never looked back as they sent the Lady Wolves packing, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16.
Black had 12 kills in her final match to go along with two blocks while Doore tallied six kills. Burke had 17 assists and 11 digs in the loss while Bradley led with 16 digs. Spotted Bear led the team with two aces.
“We played Fairfield tough and I was pleased with our efforts,” said Brown. “Aryana and Shelby had amazing games. We had some great things happen on the court. I think Fairfield’s overall tournament experience is what it came down to and they came away with the win.”
The Lady Wolves will lose Black, Doore, Burke, Littrell and BigSpring and Gabby Anato, who missed the season with injury, to graduation this spring.
“Our six seniors are going to be hard to replace,” said Brown. “We have a few great natural leaders that we are going to miss terribly. Us as coaches truly appreciate the time and effort that these girls have put into help rebuild Cut Bank Volleyball.”