Katie Richards was deadly from the paint. The junior post player scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Hotchkiss girls basketball team, which shot five three-pointers, to defeat Rangely, 59-23, Saturday.
Kylie Hodges was also effective inside, scoring three 2-point goals and shooting 5-6 from the free-throw line.
Rangely is now 0-10. Head coach Quinton Kent said he lost senior Chelsea Ficken and sophomore Carrie Goddard to injuries in its loss Friday to Paonia, and that they may not return; senior Tessa Slagle had a prior engagement.
The Bulldogs led, 21-4, at the end of the first period and started pulling from the bench. Tiffany Clock came in to score nine points from the arc, and Mae Anderson, Nilam Hypio and freshman Sam Galley each added a goal to the win.
The win came on the heels of a 40-32 loss Friday night at Meeker. Richards and Anderson both scored nine points in the loss, with Meeker's Sydney Hughes and Taylor Neilson combining for 27 of Meeker's points.
"The girls played well," said head coach Eric Hollembeak.
Senior point guard Amber Pagone, who broke her wrist the first week of practice, returned to the court for the Lady Bulldogs, giving starting point guard Natalie Anderson a break and scoring four points against the Lady Cowboys. Pagone said that this year's team is like a family. "I'm really happy to be back," said Pagone.
Having strong post players like Richards and Hodges is helping make the team, which is now 5-2, a lot stronger. "It's helping us to see more open spots to shoot from. It's just coming together for us."
Hotchkiss plays at Hayden (4-4, 0-0) Friday and Soroco (6-1, 0-0) Saturday, and will host rival Paonia on Jan. 21.blog comments powered by Disqus