MONUMENT - The Lady Tigers played well in the Jan. 24 TriCo League basketball game against Spray, the Eagles just played better.
The matchup between the two teams which could likely decide the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to the District 4/1A Tournament in Baker City Feb. 16-19 was close all the way before Spray nudged ahead in the fourth quarter and remained on top to claim a 45-39 victory.
The game was even for the first eight minutes with the Eagles holding a slim 7-6 lead after the opening quarter before a basket by Elizabeth Inscore and a pair of Tiffnie Ashley free throws gave the Lady Tigers a 15-11 advantage with 1:41 remaining in the period.
Late in the quarter Denise Woosley nailed a three-point shot that was answered by a three-point bomb by Spray's Shae Bruce and the quarter ended with Monument/Dayville (9-3 TriCo) ahead 20-19.
"The girls played well, we made a couple of key turnovers and then had some players foul out," coach Maurice Thorne said. "Tiffnie Ashley got hurt and she didn't play at all in the last quarter. We still have a chance to change the league up and even so, the worst we can finish is third. I feel sorry for the girls, they took it hard."
Neither team was able to gain more than a three-point advantage in the third quarter and the Lady Tigers and the Eagles went into the final eight minutes of the game tied 27-27.
"I couldn't hit a shot and then I fouled out, I blame myself for that," said Tiffany Hunt said.
Spray was able to take a 39-35 lead, but a basket and a free throw by Amanda King and a 1-for-2 effort from the line by Woosley tied the score 39-39 with 1:18 remaining.
Woosley, a sophomore, finished with a team-high 13 points.
"We could have, should have, whatever," said Madi Anspach. "We played good tonight. We shut down Emily Fischer with our defense. She scored 20 points the last time we played and I think she got something like six points this time. I was proud of that, but we would have liked to win. I don't think there is ever a time we go out when we don't want to win."
Spray (11-1), took the lead for good in the final minute on a basket by Andrea Fischer and four free throws by Bruce.
Bruce scored a game-high 18 points.
BoysMonument/Dayville was no match for league-leading Spray being outscored in every quarter as the Eagles rolled to an easy 82-46 victory.
The Eagles (13-0), led 33-16 at halftime and never let up, pouring in 49 points in the second half.
Three-point shots rained down as the Eagles connected for 10 long-range bombs in the game.
Guy Anderson had a big night scoring a game-high 20 points for Monument/Dayville (8-6), but he was the only Tiger player in double figures.
Jacob Fischer scored 18 points for Spray and Ilker Pakelli had 17. Josiah Martin and Asa Miller hit for 12 points each.