The Cedaredge Lady Bruins began the season with two wins before dropping a 53-40 decision to Olathe on Dec. 12. After a win against Aspen in their next game, the Lady Bruins fell to a tough Paonia crew, 38-35.
Then there was a six-game winning streak, including a 54-51 decision over the 3A WSL top team Grand Valley. Coach Ryan Hilbig was feeling good about his team's chances with Olathe in its second matchup with the Lady Pirates on Jan. 25 in Olathe. Unfortunately for Hilbig and the Lady Bruins, Olathe remembered how to score a win against Cedaredge with a 54-46 victory.
For the first time this season, Cedaredge's girls lost a second game in a row when they traveled to Gunnison on a Tuesday night (Jan. 28) where they fell 50-44.
Saturday's game against Aspen got the Lady Bruins started on a new win streak as they posted a 67-15 win. The last time these two teams met, the score was similar with Cedaredge winning 65-18 in Aspen.
With the split in games played last week, Cedaredge is in third place with a league record of 7-3 and is 9-4 overall. Grand Valley (8-1, 9-3) holds down the number one spot with Olathe resting in second at 9-2 and 12-2.
From the start of this game it was evident that the first meeting between the two teams would not end the same as it did on Dec. 10, 59-33.
The Lady Cowboys eased to a 10-7 first-quarter lead behind Leah Huizenga's four-point effort.
In the second quarter, Gunnison got eight points from Jordin Wallin but fell behind as the Lady Bruins outscored them 18-10 to post a 25-20 lead at halftime. Alyssa Isaman got hot for Cedaredge and scored seven points in the period with Nellie Freeman chipping in four.
A 13-10 third period left the Lady Bruins ahead 35-31. The Cowboys were seven of 10 at the free-throw line in this quarter. Kendall McHugh had five of Cedaredge's 10 points in the period to help keep the Lady Bruins ahead.
Gunnison put together a 17-9 run in the final stanza to make the final score 50-44. The Lady Cowboys shot 14 free throws in the quarter and made just four. Overall, Gunnison shot 36 free throws and made 18. Sarah Shamblin shot 21 free throws by herself and made 11. The Lady Bruins shot 13 free throws and made seven. Cedaredge was whistled for 25 fouls while the Lady Cowboys were caught for 16 fouls.
Shamblin had 13 points to lead the Lady Cowboys and Isaman tallied 13 counters to share game scoring honors with Shamblin. Freeman and McHugh added 11 points each to Cedaredge's totals.
CHS 67, AHS 15
The Lady Bruins were eager to get the taste of Tuesday's loss to Gunnison out of their mouths. A 17-2 start in the first period was helpful in erasing negative feelings from that loss. Freeman's eight points paced the fast-paced Cedaredge offense while the defense limited the Lady Skiers to just two points in the first eight minutes of play.
Becca Deal and Kenzie Kehmeier scored seven and six points respectively in the second quarter to lead the Lady Bruins on a 20-4 run and a 37-6 halftime lead.
Cedaredge stayed productive in the third quarter with a 15-4 advantage and finished the game with a 15-5 fourth quarter.
Kehmeier had a pair of treys included in her 19-point effort for the Lady Bruins. Freeman finished with 11 points.
The Lady Bruins will host last place Basalt (0-7, 0-9) on Friday (Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.) and travel to New Castle for a contest with Coal Ridge (6-4, 8-5) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
On Feb. 11, Cedaredge will host the 3A WSL leader Grand Valley at 6 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus