The 1A Monument/Dayville Tiger girls started off last week’s Union Christmas Classic on a positive note with a 47-43 win over 2A Union.
They followed up with two losses including 51-42 to Council, Idaho, and a nail-biter 33-32 contest to Crane.
“Overall, I was happy with our performance from the tournament,” said Tiger head coach Taylor Schmadeka. “We gained a lot of confidence in ourselves.”
Tiger player Kyla Emerson led Monument/Dayville with 24 points in the match against Union.
“We had some foul trouble with four of our five starters fouling out late in the game, but our bench did a good job finishing the game for us with Faythe Schafer leading them,” Schmadeka said.
“The second day was a hard battle,” he said.
Schmadeka said Council is a well-coached team with a good point guard, and Danielle Rhoda led the Tigers with 21 points.
League opponent Crane, gave Monument/Dayville another tough challenge.
“It was a tough one-point loss, but I was proud of the girls for battling back,” Schmadeka said. “We only had five points in the first half, so they came out fighting in the second half.”
Tiger Aubrey Bowlus brought down several rebounds and played tough defense, the coach said.
“She also hit a three late in the Crane game to get us a fighting chance,” Schmadeka said.
The Tiger boys faced tough competition, taking three losses. They fell 66-26 to Union on day one, followed by a 72-35 loss to Cove and 52-31 to Crane.
The Monument/Dayville girls and boys will host an alumni game on Friday, Dec. 29, in Monument.
The action starts with the girls at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 6:30 p.m.