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Photo by Wayne Crick Hotchkiss’ Shay Glaser (13) looks to take advantage of Meeker’s Tori Lasker should she make a defensive mistake in last Saturday’s 43-41 loss for the Bulldogs at home.
Photo by Wayne Crick Hotchkiss’ Braxton Trujillo (23) gets inside Meeker’s Logan Hughes for a shot in a key game which was won by the Cowboys, 66-58, last Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Bulldogs lose close games

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A weekend trip to Rangely on Friday and a home contest against Meeker were close losses for both the girls and boys basketball teams.

The girls' game in Rangely was tied after three periods (26-26) and a 20-11 Rangely run in the final quarter netted the Panthers a 46-37 victory.

Saturday's game at home was a 22-21 affair at the half. Meeker outscored the Bulldogs 21-20 in the second half to win the 2A District 5 matchup 43-41.

On the boys side, Rangely led 31-23 at the half and held off the upset-minded Bulldogs who came up in a 33-31 second half to leave Rangely the victor 64-54.

Rangely 46, HHS 37

Hotchkiss had the better first half offensively, though not by much, as the Bulldogs eased to a 15-13 lead going to the third quarter.

The Panthers outscored Hotchkiss in the third period to tie the game at 26-26 and set up what looked to be an exciting finish in Rangely.

A 20-11 run by Rangely negated hopes of a closer finish with the Panthers (7-1, 13-3) and it walked away with the 46-37 win.

Shay Glaser scored 12 points to lead Hotchkiss scoring and added six steals to her statistics. Kaiya Firor netted seven points and also finished the game with six steals. Elsie Vazquez had five points to go with her six offensive rebounds, three blocks and four deflections.

A determining factor in the game was Hotchkiss' 36 turnovers.

Meeker 43, HHS 41

The Bulldogs were not overmatched against the third-place 2A District 5 Meeker Cowboys on Saturday afternoon in Hotchkiss. Many of Meeker's points came off the Bulldogs' 45 turnovers.

Even with the turnover factor, Hotchkiss led (9-7) after one period and trailed by one, 22-21, at halftime.

Meeker got the upper hand in the third period with a 12-5 surge and led 34-26 with one quarter left to play.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 7-8) outplayed Meeker (7-1, 12-4) in the final stanza and won the quarter 15-9 to come up just short, 43-41, at the final buzzer.

Meeker's Victoria Lasker led all scorers in the game with 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the game. The Cowboy's Megan Shelton recorded 17 rebounds for the winners.

Hotchkiss' Glaser and Vazquez led the Bulldogs offense with 11 points each and Firor chipped in seven points and had seven rebounds. Carson Collins finished with nine rebounds and Vazquez grabbed six caroms.

Rangely 64, HHS 54

Rangely lost its first-place standing in the 2A District 5 race following last Saturday's 64-47 loss to third-place Vail Christian (7-2, 11-3). Paonia (9-1, 12-5) took over the top spot in the league standings with Rangely and Meeker (8-1, 12-4) filling the next two spots. Vail Christian sits at number four and Hotchkiss (6-3,10-6) is fifth.

In Rangely on Friday the Bulldogs couldn't match the Panthers' scoring and trailed 31-23 at the halftime break.

Hotchkiss picked up its offensive output in the second half but found themselves on the short end of a 33-31 finish to lose by 10, 64-54.

Kobe Broome scored 20 points (14 in the second half) to lead Rangely and all scorers in the game. Patrick Scoggins and Cam Filfred chipped in 12 points each for the winners.

Hotchkiss got 12 points from Eli Sawatzky and 10 points each from Sam Rodriguez and Jonathan Gonzalez. Eli Kirk had nine counters for the Bulldogs.

Meeker 66, HHS 58

The Cowboys started strong but couldn't pull away from Hotchkiss in the early going. A two-point lead for Meeker after one period became a 36-all tie by halftime.

Meeker's 17-7 run in the third quarter was the difference in the game as Hotchkiss was unable to make up the difference in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs were hampered with foul trouble as three players fouled out, including seven-footer Jacob Stucker whose presence in the middle had made a difference in the game.

Rodriguez's 19 points led Hotchkiss, and all other scorers in the game. Rodriguez and Kirk added 11 points each to Hotchkiss' totals.

Doak Mantle paced Meeker shooters with 18 points followed by Eli Newman's 14 and Logan Hughes' 12 counters.

In the latest 2A rankings, Hotchkiss is 25th with an RPI rank of 32. In other 2A rankings, Vail Christian is 10th (RPI-19), Meeker 13th (RPI-17th), Paonia 15th (RPI-15th) and Rangely 17th (RPI-20th).

Hotchkiss' schedule has the Bulldogs on the road for a pair of contests this week at West Grand (Feb. 9, 5:30/7 p.m.-varsity games) and in North Park (Feb. 10, 2:30/4 p.m.-varsity games).

The Bulldogs will host Vail Christian Feb. 16 to conclude regular schedule play. Games are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.

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