Friday night's home court loss to Hayden is one the Bulldogs won't soon forget.
And the team won't forget Paul Laliberte.
The senior lead scorer for Hayden is averaging more than 17 points per game, but on Friday, Laliberte scored a season-high 28 points in Hayden's 58-44 conference win over Hotchkiss. Laliberte scored 15 points from the three line and added another six points from the paint. The senior also shot 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
Hotchkiss trailed 38-25 at the half and held Hayden to 20 points in the second half. The defense held Laliberte to seven points in the third. Hotchkiss scored five points in the third, on a field goal by Andrew Tiedeman and a trey by Wes Hardin.
Mason Oxford was the Bulldogs' lead scorer, shooting 6-8 from the line for a total of 10 points. Taylor Schreiner scored eight, and River Panish scored seven, including a late-game three-pointer.
The Tigers (8-2 overall, 3-0 Western Slope League) are ranked first in the conference and ninth in state 2A standings.
Schreiner was unstoppable Saturday, scoring a game-high 29 points, including 18 points from the paint and 11 of 14 from the free throw line in Saturday's 63-56 conference win over visiting Soroco (5-5, 1-2). Also scoring in double digits were Mason Oxford, who added five field goals and seven points from the line for a total of 13 points, and Cody Bartlett, who contributed 10 points to the win.
But it could be argued that the defense won the game.
The Bulldogs held 6-foot-4-inch junior Ryan Jeep to 18 points. Kyle Crowder said the team had a plan to contain the No. 4 scorer in the league: "Get physical." The plan resulted in Josh Hardin fouling out with just under three minutes remaining in the game, and Schreiner and Tye Bayles getting into foul trouble. Jeep made five trips to the line, where he was 8-8.
Hotchkiss dominated the court throughout the game, ending the first period with 10 points by Schreiner and a 21-14 lead.
Bartlett ended the game with 10 points, and Oxford scored four goals from the paint and ended the game with 13 points.
Hotchkiss (7-4, 1-2) is on the road this weekend, playing Friday at North Park (2-6, 1-1) and Saturday at West Grand (3-6, 0-2).blog comments powered by Disqus