Hayden girls basketball trounce De Beque

Joel Reichenberger

— The best moment for the De Beque High School girls basketball team may have been the final one on Friday night as it played at Hayden.

Junior Meghan Watts let loose a long prayer of a shot just as time expired, and when it swished through the hoop, the whole Hayden gymnasium responded with applause.

It was a nice moment, but one of few for a Dragons team that suits up only five players. On Friday, those five couldn’t hang at all with Hayden, who won 55-17.

“We’re playing strong as a team right now,” Hayden senior Kara Cozzens said. “We’ve gotten a lot better. We’ve improved a lot this season, and not just at the sport, but as a family.”

The Tigers got 18 points from Cozzens and 15 from Chancey Graham. Nine players scored for Hayden as the team improved to 4-8.

Hayden took control early, going up 12-0 before De Beque got on the board with another last-second shot, just ahead of the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers extended that lead to 25-4 by halftime, then were even better in the third quarter, outscoring the Dragons, 21-0.

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