Hayden girls avenge loss to North Park | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden girls avenge loss to North Park

— Late last month the Hayden High School girls basketball team lost an ugly game at home against North Park.

Friday night on the road, the tables weren’t exactly reversed: The Tigers didn’t win an ugly game, they won a big one, and they won it decisively.

Hayden beat North Park, 48-36.

“We needed a win, and a win we worked hard to get,” coach Michelle Wilkie said. “We had to work hard, had to work together, and the girls did that. They were successful — very successful.”

Hayden got 15 points from Kara Cozzens, 11 from Taylor Hagar and seven each from Laura Johnson and Darian Murphy.

The Tigers trailed by one after the first quarter, but scored 17 in both the second and third quarters to pass the Wildcats, then build a commanding lead against them.

Hayden led at times by as many as 25. That lead shrank in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers were sharp enough from the free throw line — a point of emphasis recently — to put the game away.

The team plays West Grand at 1 p.m. today in Hayden.

“We just played good basketball,” Wilkie said. “It just kind of came together, and everything worked well. As a team, they executed on offense and played some really tough defense, had some great rebounds and decreased our turnovers.”

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