Injuries, fouls, Hornets hurt M/D

<I>The Eagle/David Heldreth</I><BR>Harper's Marissa Atagi-Flannery drives through Monument/Dayville's Bianca Thomas during the team's Saturday, Jan. 17 game.

DAYVILLE - Attrition got the best of the Tiger girls last Saturday.

The Monument/Dayville girls basketball team lost 32-22 to Harper Saturday, Jan. 17. Although, the Tigers lost by 10 points, the game was closer going into the fourth quarter.

Monument/Dayville made a strong run in the third quarter, closing Harper's 21-11 lead to 26-20 as the fourth quarter began. However, the Tigers' small team ran into trouble late in the game. Monument/Dayville only has seven players.

The Tigers' Mary Cade was knocked to the court and left the game with a concussion with around four minutes left to play in the game. Within two minutes of that collision the Tigers' Bianca Thomas and Kaitlin Woosley both fouled out of the game.

Monument/Dayville committed 20 fouls. In addition to Woosley and Thomas fouling out, Samantha Boyer finished the fourth quarter with four fouls. The fouls and injuries left the Tigers shorthanded with four players.

Monument/Dayville coach James Retherford said Harper played a physical game.

"When three girls get hurt then it's pretty easy to see who's playing a rough game," Retherford said. "Then we had two girls foul out. It makes it harder to play."

The Tigers foul trouble not only limited the team's number of players on the field, it also gave the Hornets free trips to the free-throw line. Harper shot 20 free throws in the game, and 60 percent of those came in the crucial fourth quarter.

Monument/Dayville only reached the line seven times, on 11 total Harper fouls, and shot 57 percent.

The Tigers had problems scoring in the second and fourth quarters. They only put up three points in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter. Boyer and Thomas led the team with seven points while Woosley was close behind with five of her own.

Monument/Dayville had a stronger game during its 37-33 win against Huntington Friday, Jan. 16.

The Tigers and Locomotives were tied at 26 through three quarters after Monument/Dayville went up 12-5 in the first quarter. The Tigers made the final push late in the game to take and hold the final lead.

Shyanne Winters led the Tigers with 16 points against Huntington. Woosley had 11 points in the game.

"We played superb against Huntington," Retherford said. "We won a close game. We played good. Our defense held their big girl (Haylee Harding) to 14, and she's capable of averaging 25."

The Tigers will host Spray at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, and then take a week off before they rematch Prairie City at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Monument.

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