Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia post Taylor Polson races for a loose ball Saturday in the Lady Eagles’ 59-18 2A conference win over Hayden. Paonia plays at West Grand High School Friday and at North Park Saturday. Paonia’s next home game is Feb. 1 against Vail Christian.The Lady Eagles upped their record to 8-3 overall, 2-0 in the 2A Western Slope conference with wins over Soroco and Hayden.
Guard Braiden Clement made two three-pointers for a game-high 16 points in Paonia's 74-36 win Friday at Soroco (7-3, 0-2).
Mandy Bushta shot two 3-pointers and Annavah Kropp scored her first of four three-pointers for the game in the opening minutes of play.
The Paonia defense held Soroco to one field goal and six points to lead 18-6 at the end of first-period play.
Soroco scored six field goals and 16 points in the second period to trail, 36-22, at the half.
The Lady Eagles had 13 first-half fouls, but were charged with three second-half fouls, preventing the Lady Rams from shooting from the free throw line throughout the last half. Soroco was held to a total of 14 points for the half.
Point guard Carson Pipher was 2-2 from the line and scored 11 points for the game.
Paonia held a young Hayden team to single-digit scores in all four quarters for a 59-18 conference win Saturday at Paonia.
Paonia's bench allowed the Lady Rams 10 points in 15 minutes of play.
Chelsy Reed led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 11 points.
Of the 13 players to step on the court, 12 scored two or more points.
Paonia travels to Kremmling Friday to face West Grand. The Mustangs (4-4, 0-1) are coming off of a 68-28 conference loss to Meeker. On Saturday, Paonia faces the North Park Wildcats (4-6, 2-2, 1A WSL).