DAYVILLE - What started out as a friendly, nonleague game scheduled to keep both teams sharp over the Christmas break, turned into a real dog-fight when the Monument/ Dayville Lady Tigers hooked up with the Lady Broncos from Paisley Dec. 29.
Many of the players on both teams knew one another but that didn't prevent 40 fouls being called, two of them technicals, as Monument/Dayville managed to hold on to claim a 41-31 victory.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play and appeared to be in complete control, but then turnovers and fouls began piling up allowing Paisley to get right back into the thick of things.
Monument/Dayville ran its offense well for the majority of the game and had a number of scoring opportunities from close in, but couldn't get the shots to go down.
"I've been told that Paisley has lost only one game this season before tonight," coach Maurice Thorne said. "They have a good team with a lot of height. We had three girls foul out, but the younger players held things together. That's what it's all about."
The Lady Broncos scored 14 points in the second quarter to trim the lead to 24-20 at halftime and kept chipping away at the margin in the third quarter.
At the 4:52 mark of the third period, Paisley's Crystal Kludt hit a basket to give the Lady Broncos a 27-26 lead.
That basket seemed to wake the Lady Tigers up and a three-point play by Amanda King put Monument/Dayville back in front to stay.
"They've got some big girls, man," said sophomore Tiffany Hunt. "I did pretty good in the first half but after that I got tired. I wasn't feeling good so I didn't eat anything all day and I think that might have been it."
Hunt finished with a team-high 11 points for the Lady Tigers.
In the fourth quarter Paisley began to wear down and went scoreless from the field as the Lady Tigers went on an 8-2 run to put the game in the book.
"I didn't feel any pressure at all playing against my former teammates," said Savanna Richardson, who was on Paisley's team before moving to Dayville last year. "It was a lot of fun, really fun and sort of like a practice for us. I was having fun until the third quarter when I fouled out. I don't know why (I fouled out), maybe I was just too comfy playing against my former team."
Emma Winkelman and King scored nine points each for the Lady Tigers.
Kludt paced the Lady Broncos with a game-high 12 points and teammate Miranda Moorehouse added eight.
Monument/Dayville returns to TriCo League action Jan. 6 hosting Harper. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in Monument.