By Brett Nachtigall
RAPID CITY – The Edgemont Lady Moguls earned a big win over Hot Springs last Tuesday night during the first round of the West River Tournament, but then fell in their next two games to place fourth overall as a team in the eight-team bracket.
The lone senior on the team, Avery Van Eaton, earned All-Tournament recognition averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game.
In the opening round 41-33 win over the Lady Bison in Hot Springs, the two teams were knotted up 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and remained close through the first half, with Edgemont holding a slight 22-21 lead at halftime. Edgemont however pulled away in the second half to earn an eight-point victory, by a score of 41-33.
Three Edgemont players scored in double-figures, led by Maddie Peterson with 13 and Jenna Ostenson and Van Eaton each adding 10 apiece. Ostenson also had a team-high seven rebounds, with teammate Abby Tidball grabbing six boards.
In Round 2, Edgemont faced another Fall River County school in Oelrichs, who defeated the Lady Moguls by a score of 46-39. Peterson again led the team in scoring with 17 points, followed by Van Eaton with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
On Saturday in Rapid City for the third round, Edgemont lost to Moorcroft, Wyo., by a final of 56-32.
Van Eaton scored a game high 15 points, with Lizzy Tidball adding six points and Ostenson grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.
Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald
Edgemont’s Avery Van Eaton goes vertical to the hoop versus Hot Springs during the first round of the West River Tournament last Tuesday in Case Auditorium. Van Eaton would go on to be one of three Fall River County girls players named to the All-Tournament Team.