A couple of losses in league action has the Cedaredge Lady Bruins near the bottom of league standings at 1-7 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Lady Bruins fell to Gunnison, 40-35, on Jan. 6 and Olathe handed them a 66-29 loss on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Inconsistent play hindered Cedaredge's efforts against the Lady Cowboys. Poor shooting and a stout defensive showing helped Gunnison ease to a 13-5 lead after one quarter of play.
Neither team was a source of offensive prowess in the second period. Gunnison prevailed by a 6-1 count to make the halftime score 19-6 in favor of the Lady Cowboys.
Both Cedaredge and Gunnison came out in the second half with a bit more offense than either had produced in the first half. Gunnison had the better end of the score with a 17-13 edge for a 36-19 lead going into the last quarter.
Cedaredge got its offense rolling in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Cowboys 16-4 to make the game's outcome a five-point win for Gunnison.
A slow start for both teams gave way to some late-quarter scoring that provided Olathe with a 15-11 lead after one period of play. Olathe held a 7-0 lead with about five minutes left in the period and it was 9-6 near the three-minute mark.
The game changed drastically for Cedaredge in the second quarter. Olathe went on a 23-point run and the Pirates' defense didn't allow a single point by the Lady Bruins' offense. The huge run produced a 38-11 halftime lead for Olathe.
The Lady Pirates kept its offense in motion during second half play to outscore Cedaredge 28-18 in the final 16 minutes of action.
Olathe is currently tied with Grand Valley and Rifle for the league lead at 2-0. Overall, the Lady Pirates are third with a 6-2 record while Grand Valley and Rifle are 5-1.
Cedaredge is scheduled to host Aspen this Friday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Bruins are in Hotchkiss for a 4 p.m. tipoff.