Hayden girls take a step back against Rangely | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden girls take a step back against Rangely

The problem wasn’t just that the Hayden High School girls basketball team lost in a lackluster performance Saturday, falling 48-33 to Rangely in the Tigers’ finale of the Meeker Cowboy Shoot Out tournament.

The problem was the team played better earlier in the weekend, especially Thursday night in a loss against Meeker.

“I’m just bummed because they played so great Thursday night. They executed on offense. Their energy, their hustle, it was all there,” Hayden coach Michelle Wilkie said. “It just wasn’t there today, so that was frustrating.”

Hayden, 1-2, got 10 points from Taylor Hagar and nine from Kara Cozzens. Wilkie said the game was defined by missed shots — shots from the free-throw line and from all around the floor.

“Our defense wasn’t too bad, but our free throw percentage and our shooting percentage were not acceptable,” she said.

The Tigers get a chance to fix those mistakes and straighten those shots next weekend, when they travel to Wyoming for a tournament.

“There were good things. You can’t look at it as if they didn’t try, because they did try. It just wasn’t their best try,” Wilkie said. “They want to get better. The girls are as frustrated as I am.”

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