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.
Lady Bruin Alyssa Isaman scored the only first-period points for Cedaredge, sinking two goals and shooting 2-2 from the free-throw line. Cedaredge trailed 14-6 at the end of the quarter.
All but five of the 20 total points scored in the second period were on free throws. Jessie Violett sank a trey early in the period to give Hotchkiss a 17-8 lead, and Jordan Smith added a goal for the Lady Bruins late in the period. Forward Kylie Hodges was denied field goals, and made three trips to the line in the second period, where she was 5-6.
Kristen Gardner hit 3-4 from the line, and Smith drew a shooting foul and was 2-2.
Hotchkiss led 26-14 at the half.
Kaitlyn Kissner and Smith were the only two to score for the Bruins in the third. Hotchkiss worked on passing to the inside, allowing Katie Richards to score the only 2-point goal of the quarter. Alekxus Wilson was unable to break the defense for a goal, but made a three-point shot for Hotchkiss to end the third period.
The Lady Bruins opened the final period with a goal by Gardner. Isaman fouled out with 5:40 remaining in the game, and Gardner followed with 2:50 remaining. Hotchkiss made eight trips to the line in the final period, where they were 9 of 15. Anderson was high scorer with 10 points, and Wilson contributed nine. Batt was 4-4 from the line for a game total of eight points.
Kissner was 4-4 from the line, and Bree Gutierrez hit a trey with just under two minutes remaining. The Lady Bruins' 11 points in the fourth period fell far short of what they needed, and Hotchkiss claimed the 55-29 win to place third.