The Hotchkiss girls basketball team expected to open the season at home against Paonia, but the rivalry games are all rescheduled for Jan. 21.
Hotchkiss opens the new year with a 3-2 record.
Its two losses came at the First Colorado National Bank Delta County tournament, where it opened with a loss against three-time defending champions, Delta.
The Cedaredge Bruins (2-2 overall, 1-1 3A Western Slope league), coming off a 65-18 win at Aspen, fell just four points shy of a win over tournament champion Paonia. Despite post Katie Richards' season-high 13-point game, the Lady Bulldogs were unable to overcome double-digit scoring by three players in their 54-37 consolation round loss to Cedaredge.
Hotchkiss's three wins, all non-conference games, were fueled by point guard Natalie Anderson's 15 points per game average. Wing Aleksus Wilson and Richards both averaged seven points in the wins.
Senior post Kylie Hodges scored nine points in the wins over Plateau Valley and Gunnison and contributed 12 points to the Delta tournament game.
Head coach Eric Hollembeak said at the end of the year that his team continues to improve with each game. They could be adding some strength and height to their line-up. Amber Pagone, a 5-foot-10 senior point guard who suffered a broken arm in early-season practice, said prior to the first game that she expects to return after the new year.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Meeker (3-1, 0-0 2A WSL) Friday. They host Rangely (0-8, 0-1) Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Panthers lost five seniors after defeating Hotchkiss in district play last March. On Tuesday, Hotchkiss hosts Olathe (5-1, 3-1 3A WSL) at 6 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus