Lady Tigers pass the test

No. 32, Dayville-Monument athlete Shyanne Winters keeps her eyes upward at the hoop during action at Mitchell with the Lady Loggers on Friday, Jan. 21.

DAYVILLE – The Monument-Dayville High School girls basketball team almost won three in a row last week.

The Lady Tigers beat Long Creek 44-23 on Thursday, Jan. 20.

They beat Mitchell 40-26 on Friday, Jan. 21.

Then they lost a close 28-31 contest to High Desert League-West opponent Adrian, in a late-scheduled game planned due to the Lady Antelopes’ travel route.

Against Long Creek, the Lady Tigers did “pretty well,” said coach Alec Moore.

“We played with intensity, with good defense and rebounding and pushing the ball,” he said.

Moore tried some different configurations on the floor. All of his athletes saw playing time in the game.

Bianca Thomas led the team in scoring with 10 points. Shyanne Winters scored 9; Molly Buce and Samantha Boyer had 6; Jordin Cowdrey, 3; and Daryl Ann Waltenberg, Alix Perkins, Renee Inscore, McKenzie Lawrence and Mary Cade, each with 2.

In the Mitchell game, “we struggled a little bit,” said Moore. The team was down by 6 points at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers took the lead in the second, and remained ahead at the half.

“They came off good in the third, but we got behind by 12. We moved up and were within 4 at the end of the game,” he said. “We took care of mistakes and got good shots and had a good game.”

Thomas led again, this time with 18 points. Boyer had 10; Winters, 9; and Inscore, 3.

When Adrian came to Dayville on Saturday, Jan. 22, the Lady Tigers started out slow, with only 10 points on the board at the half, Moore said.

Moore said his team wasn’t aggressive enough early in the game, and “just didn’t score well.” 

There were too many turnovers, with missed shots, and the team was also down by two athletes. Boyer was taking her SAT test, and Lawrence was sick.

But by the fourth quarter, the Dayville-Monument girls stepped up and were playing “really good ball,” he said.

“We had chances to tie at the end. We had to go foul them, and they didn’t make the shots,” Moore said. “I’m pretty happy with the way we played. Adrian is one of the top three teams in the other side of the league. Overall, it was a good game for us. They are a tough team, and this game proved we can play them.

“It was fun.”

Thomas shot for 9; Winters, 6; Cowdrey, 5; Cheyenne Perkins and Inscore, each with 4. 

Coming up Thursday, Jan. 27, Dayville-Monument hosts the Mitchell Loggers at Dayville.

“We need to come out and jump on them,” said Moore.

The Lady Tigers travel to  Prairie City to meet the Lady Panthers on Friday, Jan. 28. 

“They’re a good team,” the coach said. “We’re gonna have to play hard to beat them. We played them twice last year and both were close games. I expect it will be the same this year.”

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