The Lady Bulldogs are demonstrating that they are a serious contender in the 2A Western Slope conference. Hotchkiss posted a one-point win at Rangely Saturday.
After a lackluster showing at the Warrior Classic and a dual loss to Cedaredge last week, Hotchkiss rumbled to a tie for second place at Saturday's Eagle Valley Invitational.
The Bulldogs, who were open in three weight classes, had two championships, two second-place finishers and one fourth place to earn 140 points at the 18-team tournament; the host Eagle Valley Devils placed six wrestlers in the top four to earn 140 points.
A 20-point fourth period that included four consecutive free throws in the final moments of the game resulted in a second win this season for Hotchkiss over the neighboring Paonia Eagles. Two weeks earlier at the Delta County tournament, the Bulldogs, competing in their first year as a class 2A team, pulled off a three-point win over Paonia in a game that came down to the final seconds.
In a game played out mainly from the free throw line, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Cedaredge to place third Saturday at the annual Delta County Classic tournament.
Natalie Anderson scored 10 of the Lady Bulldogs' 14 first-period points, including an early three-pointer, and Daryl Batt added two field goals.