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Buffalo girls fall to Worland in final seconds

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Kendall Tietjen high fives her teammates

Buffalo High School junior Kendall Tietjen high fives her teammates as she runs off of the bench and onto the court as the first Buffalo player announced on Friday night. Tietjen is one of five juniors on the girls team this year.

Buffalo High School’s varsity girls basketball team hosted Worland on Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021. Buffalo held tight, finishing the first half tied with Worland and staying within a few points a taking a buzzer beater three in an attempt to take back the game. Buffalo ultimately fell short, losing just 52-50. 

Lexi Rule reaches in an attempt to steal

Buffalo High School junior Lexi Rule reaches in an attempt to steal back the ball rebounded by Worland senior Darla Hernandez on Friday night. Buffalo lost in the 52-50 in the final seconds of the game, attempting a final comeback that fell just short after a neck and neck game.

Ava Wagner pushes toward the basket

Buffalo High School sophomore Ava Wagner pushes toward the basket through a group of three Worland defenders on Friday night. Worland recovered the ball before Buffalo could score.

Ava Wagner stretches in an attempt to steal a rebound from Worland senior Ajiah Montoya

Buffalo High School sophomore Ava Wagner stretches in an attempt to steal a rebound from Worland senior Ajiah Montoya on Friday night. Wagner was the only Buffalo girl who played without being called on a single foul.

McKinly Hepp jumps straight up

Buffalo High School junior McKinly Hepp jumps straight up to attempt two from inside the lane on Friday night. Hepp scored five points in the game, three from free throws.

Danica Boyce drives through Worland senior Denali Jones

Buffalo High School junior Danica Boyce drives through Worland senior Denali Jones during the first quarter on Friday night. Buffalo kept the game neck and neck, finishing the first half tied with Worland.

Ava Wagner, Cantrell Rosalez, Kendall Tietjen and Lexi Rule listen

From right, varsity players Ava Wagner, Cantrell Rosalez, Kendall Tietjen and Lexi Rule listen in as assistant coach Keith Leppert talks about defense on Friday night. The teams were tied at half time and kept the score close throughout the entirety of the game.

Farrah Patterson works with Danica Boyce

Buffalo High School assistant coach Farrah Patterson works with Danica Boyce in the locker room on her blocking out on Friday night. Meanwhile, head coach Michelle Dahlberg worked with another player on plays and Cassidy Bessler has her calves massaged. 

Kendall Tietjen pushes around the corner

Buffalo High School junior Kendall Tietjen pushes around the corner and toward the basket on Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021. 

Cantrell Rosalez stretches backwards

Buffalo High School sophomore Cantrell Rosalez stretches backwards to rebound a Worland shot during the fourth quarter on Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021. Rosalez got the ball and returned the possession to Buffalo. 

Danica Boyce dives to block a Worland pass

Buffalo High School junior Danica Boyce dives to block a Worland pass on Friday night. Boyce was called for a foul on the play. 

Kendall Tietjen shoots

Buffalo High School junior Kendall Tietjen shoots from the 3-point line during the fourth quarter on Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021. Buffalo stayed within a shot or two of Worland throughout the entire 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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