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Buffalo girls fall short in home match against Douglas

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Tess Rule yells in excitement as she runs through the tunnel

Buffalo High School freshman starter Tess Rule yells in excitement as she runs through the tunnel of teammates as varsity is announced on Friday. Rule was the only starting freshman during the game.

Buffalo's girls varsity team hosted Douglas on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 and despite their best efforts was unable to find a win. The girls started strong, chasing a close lead for the majority of the game but ultimately fell short. 

Cassidy Bessler drives underneath Douglas defender Allyson Fertig

Buffalo High School freshman Cassidy Bessler drives underneath Douglas defender Allyson Fertig to rebound the ball on Friday. There are three freshman who play with varsity: Tess Rule, Cassidy Bessler and Grace Peterson.

Danica Boyce balances the ball on her fingertips before taking a shot

Buffalo High School junior Danica Boyce balances the ball on her fingertips before taking a shot from below the basket on Friday. Boyce finished the game with five points and four fouls.

Ava Wagner pushes through Douglas senior defender Allyson Fertig

Buffalo High School sophomore Ava Wagner pushes through Douglas senior defender Allyson Fertig on Friday. Ava finished the game without being called for a single foul.

McKinly Hepp attempts two in the second quarter

Buffalo High School junior McKinly Hepp attempts two in the second quarter on Friday. The energy during the game remained high as Buffalo fought to stay close with Douglas.

Cassidy Bessler loses the ball

Buffalo High School freshman Cassidy Bessler loses the ball after it was knocked out of her hands by Douglas defender Joslin Igo on Friday. Bessler had was in the middle of a full court sprint after stealing the ball back from Douglas.

Buffalo’s bench cheers in excitement for a scored layup

Buffalo’s bench cheers in excitement for a scored layup and drawn foul by freshman Grace Peterson on Friday. Ultimately, Buffalo fell 67-44 to Douglas.

Zoie Bonczkowski holds up a Bison sign

Buffalo High School cheerleader Zoie Bonczkowski holds up a Bison sign during the team's first performance of their State competition routine at a basketball game on Friday. The performance was in coordination with a song from the pep band. 

The girls varsity team focuses attention on Keith Leppert

Buffalo High School’s varsity girls basketball team shifts their attention to assistant coach Keith Leppert as they talk about what to improve for the second half on Friday during halftime.

Danica Boyce works on her blocking

Left: Assistant coach Farrah Patterson works with Danica Boyce to on how to improve blocking in the second half as Douglas’s coaches and teams leave the locker room to return to the gym on Friday. Right: Buffalo High School junior Danica Boyce boxes out Douglas senior Allyson Fertig on Friday. Fertig was Douglas’s tallest and highest scoring player making defending her a focus of the second half.

Kendall Tietjen dribbles down court through Douglas defenders Kamdynn Townsend

Buffalo High School junior Kendall Tietjen dribbles down court through Douglas defenders Kamdynn Townsend, right, and Brynn Zwetzig on Friday. Tietjen was Buffalo’s second highest scorer in the game with nine total points.

Tess Rule, left, and Grace Peterson dive

Buffalo High School freshmen Tess Rule, left, and Grace Peterson dive to save a ball headed out of bounds on Friday. Tess rolled into the wall from her dive and the ball was caught a moment too late, returning it to Douglas’s possession.

Cantrell Rosalez moves the ball into the center of the court to shoot

Buffalo High School sophomore Cantrell Rosalez moves the ball into the center of the court to shoot on Friday. Rosalez was Buffalo’s lead scorer with a total of 13 points against Douglas.

Tess Rule stretches to steal a ball rebounded by Douglas senior Joslin Igo

Buffalo High School freshman Tess Rule stretches to steal a ball rebounded by Douglas senior Joslin Igo on Friday. Rule was able to recover the ball and get it handed off to teammate Lexi Rule.

Cassie Downare looks for the basket

Buffalo High School junior Cassie Downare looks for the basket after dribbling underneath the Douglas defender on Friday. Downare was one of several players to join the team on the court in the final quarter of the game.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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