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Hayden girls just short against West Grand

— It took a heartbreaking series of events for the Hayden High School girls basketball team to lose Saturday at home against West Grand.

The Mustangs hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining in the game to take a one-point lead. Then Hayden missed on a chance to tie when a made free throw was waved off for a lane violation.

Hayden lost 44-43.



Still, it wasn’t hard for the Tigers to find plenty in the game to be proud of.

In front of a roaring home crowd against one of the best teams in the league, they played their best game of the season.



“The kids played great basketball,” coach Michelle Wilkie said. “We have struggled with just believing in the skills we do have, in the basketball knowledge we do have, struggling to believe not only in our own abilities, but in each other’s. Tonight, our players saw how good they can be when they put their minds together.”

Hayden trailed by six heading into the fourth quarter but rallied to take the lead. It was a back-and-forth game throughout, however, and the final swing was too much.

Kara Cozzens scored 16 for Hayden. Laura Johnson had 10.

“The girls gave perfect effort tonight,” Wilkie said. “They proved to themselves and proved to everyone that they can do it.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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