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Tigers play well in season-opening loss

It was a loss, but Hayden High School girls basketball coach Michelle Wilkie said there were plenty of positives.

The Tigers lost their season opener Thursday, falling 54-46 to the junior varsity team from Class 4A power Mesa Ridge in the first round of the Meeker Cowboy Shoot Out.

“For the first game, I was really pleased with how everything went,” Wilkie said. “We have to continue to step up on the scale, but the kids did great.”

Emma Johnson led the team with 14 points, and Kyra Bennett and Grace Wilkie each had 11.

The Tigers hung close throughout the game but couldn’t quite pull it out. Michelle Wilkie said the best trait her team displayed was keeping its head up after mistakes. Allowing one turnover to turn into two or three has been a problem that’s dogged the program in recent years.

Thursday, the team was able to limit those mistakes. It had just 10 turnovers and turned in a strong performance shooting and rebounding.

“If we made a mistake, we didn’t dwell on it. We came back down the floor and executed,” Wilkie said. “Sometimes in the past, we’ve beat ourselves. Tonight, we didn’t do that.”

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