Tiger girls use their claws

<I>The Eagle/Luke Johnson</I><BR>Amanda King (right) scrambles for a loose ball against a Mt. Bachelor player.

MONUMENT - For most of the first quarter it seemed like the basket had a lid on it Nov. 30. Neither team was able to score for what seemed like an eternity until the midway point of the first quarter when the Tigers scored a lay-up and got over their first-game jitters.

After the slow start, the girls from Monument/Dayville found themselves and their scoring to dispatch Mt. Bachelor, 69-18.

"We were just overplaying in the first quarter," said senior Savannah Richarsdon. "We just had to slow down and put everything together."

Tiffany Hunt also agreed with Richardson.

"The first quarter we were real shaky," said Hunt. "We got more confident as the game went on."

The Tiger girls used an aggressive defense to keep the game in hand until their shots started falling at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers put up 11 shots before they even allowed an attempt by Mt. Bachelor. After the Tigers got over their first quarter shooting slump, they kept up the stiff defense and led, 32-2 at half-time.

The second half was more of the same as Monument/Dayville really picked up their offense with a variety of pass plays and pick-and-rolls. The Tigers shuttled players in and out of the game frequently and the younger players gained valuable game experience for later use.

When the final buzzer sounded the crowd cheered their approval of the girls dominant performance, and head coach Maurice Thorne also voiced his approval.

"It was good to get the first win of the season," said Thorne. "We have to play some tough teams in the tournament this weekend so that will be a good test for us as well."

Senior Madi Anspach weighed in on the Tigers' win.

"I think we are very knowledgeable of the game," said Anspach. "Once we got over our jitters and played as a team, we did real good."

The Tigers will get a serious test this weekend when they travel to Fossil for a tournament Dec. 8-9. They will face several teams with deeper rosters and more experience overall.

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