Despite a poor shooting performance Friday night against Hayden, the Cedaredge High School girls basketball team found a myriad of ways to make up for it.
The Bruins had 16 offensive rebounds, 23 steals and 13 deflections en route to a 34-26 victory that took a small offensive push at the end.
Cedaredge led 22-21 after three quarters and had just seen its seven-point lead slowly shrink. Still, the Bruins bounced back to score 12 points in the final frame, the most it had all game, to earn the victory.
Megan Jenkins led Cedaredge with 12 points, while Megan Gastineau finished with 10.
As a team, the Bruins shot 26% from the field, 19% from 3-point range and 62% from the free-throw line.
“We didn’t play our best game,” Cedaredge coach Russell Coleman said. “We didn’t shoot very well but I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to take anything away from Hayden. They are a much better team than their record shows. They’re tough, athletic and I wouldn’t be shocked if they have a few more wins in this season. We didn’t play our best game, but we ran into a tough team.”
The Bruins’ offense bounced back the next day during a 49-27 win over Plateau Valley. Cedaredge led by 10 points after one quarter and stretched that to 21 points by halftime.
“We got better shots,” Coleman said. “Shot selection is big for us. When you’re able to shoot layups and some of these other high-percentage shots, the shooting percentage goes up.”
Defensively, Coleman said the press did a lot of the work. Some of that shows up on the stat sheet, like Gastineau’s high steal totals. What doesn’t show up, however, is the work done by Jessie Black and Paige McGovern up front.
“Megan’s moved back to the second level of our press so she’s able to pick off a lot of those passes,” Coleman said. “It’s Jessie Black and Paige McGovern speeding the guards up on the front end and that’s what sparked us against both Hayden and Plateau Valley.”
Cedaredge has a pair of road games on the schedule, starting 4 p.m. Friday against Soroco. The next day they face Vail Christian at 2 p.m.