Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia’s Mandy Bushta scores on a lay-up in the first half of play against the visiting Rangely Lady Panthers. Bushta scored a team-high 18 points in the win. On Saturday, in Meeker, the Lady Eagles handed the Cowboys their first loss of the season.The Lady Eagles posted two wins over the weekend, defeating Rangely, 54-35, Friday night at home, then defeating Meeker, 47-35, at Meeker.
Three Paonia players finished with double-figure scoring, with Mandy Bushta hitting two three-pointers and scoring a team-high 18 points.
Paonia's defense held Rangely to one field goal and six points in the first quarter. Chelsy Reed scored nine points in the first, and Morgan Hartigan and Annavah Kropp each added a trey. Paonia led 23-6 at the end of the first period.
Paonia led by 24 points at the half, but lost its focus, scoring just six points and allowing the Lady Panthers four goals and 11 points in the third.
Annavah Kropp finished the game with two three-pointers and 11 points, and Chelsy Reed scored 10 points, including a three-pointer, in two periods of play.
Rangely post Quincy Thacker scored 18 points and was 8-11 from the line. Brittany Babineaux added seven points, and Kelsey Prosser six. The Panthers shot 17-28 from the line.
Saturday's win at Meeker was the first loss of the season for the Lady Cowboys, who were coming off of a come-from-behind win at Hotchkiss. Prior to Saturday's game they were the only undefeated team in the 2A Western Slope conference.
Meeker led 15-10 at the end of the first period, but scored only two points in the second to trail, 17-28, at the half.
Paonia will open conference play this Friday when it hosts Hayden (1-7 overall, 0-2 Western Slope League) at 6 p.m. And then, on Saturday, the Lady Eagles are scheduled to host Soroco (6-1, 0-0) at 4 p.m. Junior varsity action precedes varsity action.