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Tigers take aim at cancer during Tuesday basketball game

The Hayden High School girls basketball team will take a stand Tuesday as it welcomes Little Snake River High School from Baggs, Wyo., for a 6:30 p.m. game in Hayden.

The Rattlers won't be the only thing the Tigers hope to beat. The game will be used as a platform to raise money for cancer research via the nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.

A portion of the money collected from admissions and concessions will be donated, as will money made from the sales of $10 pink T-shirts designed especially for the night.

"Everything will be pinked-out," Hayden girls coach Eric Hamilton said. "We will be wearing pink uniforms, have pink T-shirts for sale and just be trying to raise as much money as we can for cancer research."

The event will include a decorated gymnasium. The junior varsity girls team also will go through the crowd to collect donations during the varsity game.

"We even thought about having pink basketballs, but those have to be approved, and we don't have many around here," Tigers athletic director Ty Zabel said. "We want this to raise awareness. Cancer is a part of our society these days and everyone needs to be aware and do what they can to help in research and find a cure."

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Much focus might be directed off the court Tuesday, but if the Tigers are to fare well in the game they'll need to pay plenty of attention on it.

Hayden is coming off a win Friday night against Vail Christian and has won five straight to bump its record to 9-3.

Little Snake River, a Class 1A school in Wyoming, played Hayden tough twice last year and appears to be even better this winter. The squad is 12-1 on the season, having picked up its lone loss Friday night.

"I took that team way too lightly last year, but they have a heck of a basketball program," Hamilton said. "We have to take care of the basketball. I expect they'll come at us with a press, so we have to run our press breaker and get down to the other end and work it in to our big girls."

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: Hayden girls basketball (9-3) vs. Little Snake River (12-1)

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Hayden High School