Seamands, Panthers come up big with upset win over Big Horn

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The Wright Lady Panthers embrace one another following last Friday night’s upset win over Big Horn at Wright Junior/Senior High School. Wright held off the Lady Rams in the closing moments of the game for a 49-47 win. The Lady Panthers have now won four-straight games as they prepare for the final five games of the regular season.


She refused to allow the late game situations to phase her. As Kindall Seamands stole the ball at halfcourt and sprinted toward the basket for a go-ahead score, she focused her attention on the ball, then on the basket, and converted on the most important lay up of the game.
Directly behind her, the Lady Panthers erupted on the court. In the stands, fans on both sides of the court let out a deafening roar. Wright had erased a six-point deficit and was just moments away from its most important win of the season.
Trailing 47-41 with just under three minutes left to play, the Lady Panthers kept their composure. They didn’t panic or fold in a difficult moment. Instead, they rallied around their trusted leader and celebrated the first half of Pink Out Night with a 49-47 win over the Big Horn Lady Rams.
“Kindall (Seamands) is our emotional rock,” head coach Natalie Prosenick said following the win. “We all thrive on Kindall being composed and in control. She knows how to take control of a game when it’s necessary. She came up big at the end for us.”
The first inclination that Wright was shifting momentum during Friday’s game was when Seamands stole an errant pass and converted it into two points for the Lady Panthers, including a trip to the free throw line after being fouled. She nailed the free throw to cap off a three-point play to cut Big Horn’s lead to 47-44.
On the Lady Rams’ next possession, they went scoreless and Wright regained possession. Seamands pushed the ball into the paint and rushed toward the basket, but was fouled as she went up for the shot. She made 1-of-2 free throws and the Lady Panthers were now just two points behind, 47-45.
As Big Horn attempted to pass the ball in bounds, Wright pressured the Lady Rams with an aggressive half-court press. They struggled to find an open player and finally did, but not before Seamands stole another pass as Big Horn moved the ball down the court. As the student section erupted and Big Horn made a valiant attempt to sprint up court to catch Seamands, she laid up the shot and the game was tied. Just like that, Seamands erased a six-point deficit.
“She’s been a leader for us for quite some time,” Prosenick said about Seamands. “She has an aura about her that keeps everybody calm.”
From the beginning, Seamands and the Lady Panthers knew Friday’s matchup was going to be one of their most challenging of the season. They entered the game without Brandi Fuller and Teresa Meza wasn’t playing at 100 percent. But Wright (14-3, 3-0) pushed through several moments of adversity and now sit atop spot the 2A Northeast quadrant.
“The biggest thing for (them) is to get the adrenaline going on their side,” Prosenick said of her team. “We can’t get down and that’s kind’ve what we focused on, just staying up. We have good senior leadership and I think they calmed the kids down a little bit and said, ‘We can do this, we’re fine, let's go.’ They helped us keep our composure.
“They gave every little bit of what they had and you can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Wright followed up Friday’s dramatic win with a 40-point win on the road at Kaycee on Saturday, 55-15. The Lady Panthers have now won four-straight games, and are in the driver’s seat as the final stretch of the regular season awaits.
Seamands and her team will travel to Wind River on Saturday for a game against the Lady Cougars and Shoshoni. Both games will be played in Pavillion.
They’ll return home the following week for senior night against Sundance on Feb. 7.


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