A sluggish start left the Cedaredge Lady Bruins behind host Ridgway after one period of play, 14-6.
First-year head coach Ryan Hilbig saw his team battle back in the second half to score a 38-32 non-conference win.
"I was nervous about this game because it was the team's first of the season and Ridgway had already played. You could see the nerves from the opening tip. There were a lot of dropped passes and missed layups," stated Hilbig.
Alyssa Isaman scored four of her team-high 10 points in the opening frame and Kristin Gardner scored five in the second quarter to help keep the Lady Bruins in contact with Ridgway. Rane Dickerson tossed in six points in the first quarter while Ava Norwood had four in the second period to help the Lady Demons to a 23-13 halftime lead.
Hilbig went to a straight man-to-man in the second half and racheted the game's momentum and intensity up several notches. "When we got to within five points, I knew we would win," noted Hilbig. "The most important thing," noted Hilbig, "was that the girls played hard and as a true team, with every member contributing solid defense even if they didn't show up in the box score."
Cedaredge outscored Ridgway 11-7 in the third quarter and used a 14-2 run in the final period to score the 38-32 victory.
Ridgway's Dickerson shared game-high scoring honors with Isaman with her 10 points for the Lady Demons.
The Lady Bruins played Gunnison on Tuesday (Dec. 10) and will face Olathe in Cedaredge on Dec. 12 with a 6 p.m. starting time.
Cedaredge will be in Aspen on Dec. 17 for a 5:30 p.m. contest with the Lady Skiers.
The Lady Bruins will finish their week off with play in the 20th Annual First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament on Dec. 20-21. Cedaredge has been winners multiple times. The Lady Bruins have won the title six times (five times in a row from 2000-2004 and the last time in 2006).blog comments powered by Disqus