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Tigers drop two in Kiowa tourney

Hayden High School Tigers

— The Hayden High School girls basketball team didn’t come away from its season-opening weekend of action with a win, but coach Michelle Wilkie said it did come back with plenty to be positive about.

Playing at a four-team tournament in Kiowa, the Tigers lost Friday to Dayspring Christian Academy, 27-20. It lost again Saturday, this time against Limon, 45-33.

“In both games, we got down and clawed our way back,” Wilkie said. “We saw some tough pressure, which the girls needed to see. They didn’t quit fighting and worked together. Now we need to take what we did this weekend and get better.”

Darian Murphy led the team in scoring both nights, scoring seven Friday and 11 Saturday. Grace Wilkie had five points Friday while Hannah Wilkie had eight on Saturday.

Michelle Wilkie pointed to poor shooting for the team’s offensive woes, especially Friday, when it tallied just 20 points.

That’s not the end of the world, she explained, as it’s far more fixable than other problems that could plague the squad.

“At first, we couldn’t execute on offense, and once we did, we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” she said. “We had fast break after fast break, layup after layup, and they were all in-and-outers. We shoot every night, but we’re going to be shooting more every night now.”

Next up for the team, 0-2, is a trip Friday and Saturday for three games at a tournament in Encampment, Wyoming.

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

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