The Lady Bulldogs are demonstrating that they are a serious contender in the 2A Western Slope conference. Hotchkiss posted a one-point win at Rangely Saturday.
They went head to head against undefeated Meeker Friday, but fell short of a fantastic finish as they watched a six-point lead fade away in the final minutes of the game for a 46-51 non-conference loss.
Meeker had a 6-0 record going into Friday night's game. Despite difficulties with turnovers and a strong Meeker defense, Hotchkiss trailed 14-16 at the half.
Meeker ran a full-court press, and used its height to contain the Lady Bulldogs inside throughout the second half. After scoring only five points in the second period, Hotchkiss put 18 third-period points on the board, fueled by three-point shots from Alexis Westergren, Natalie Anderson and Jessie Violett. The Lady Bulldogs found themselves in foul trouble, allowing Meeker nine trips to the line, where they shot 7-18 in the third period.
Anderson hit her third-quarter three-pointer with two seconds remaining in the period. The Lady Cowboys led 35-32 going into the final period.
Anderson opened the fourth on a fast-break score. Hotchkiss immediately forced a turnover, and Anderson scored on another fast break to put Hotchkiss ahead by one. Westergren added another three, and Katie Richards scored two goals from the paint.
But Hotchkiss post Kylie Hodges and guard Aleksus Wilson fouled out late in the fourth, and Meeker shot 13-16 from the line for the win. The Lady Cowboys' sole field goal came on an early three-pointer by Kaysyn Chintala.
Anderson finished with a game-high 16 points, with Westergren contributing 12. Katie Richards scored eight.
Hotchkiss and Meeker will meet again on Feb. 15, at Meeker.
On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs posted a 33-32 upset in a non-conference battle at Rangely (6-3 overall, 1-2, 2A WSL). Hotchkiss is now 7-3 overall and 1-0 in 2A Western Slope League competition with a win in December over Vail Christian (5-2, 0-1). They host a conference game this Friday against Hayden (1-7, 0-2) beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Hotchkiss hosts 6-1 Soroco.blog comments powered by Disqus