Hayden The Hayden girls basketball team will be looking to start off league play on the right foot this weekend.
The defending Western Slope champions will travel to take on North Park on Friday. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Hayden will host Plateau Valley. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.
The Tigers are 3-2 on the season. The Tigers lost their second game of the season Friday night to Baggs in Wyoming. The Tigers fell behind 17-3 in the first quarter and never recovered, dropping the game by a score of 65-48.
"We did everything we prepared to do," said Donald Rolando, the Tigers' head coach. "We just did not finish our shots off. We missed a lot of lay-ups and that just killed us."
By missing a lot of close shots, Baggs built the first period lead and forced Hayden to try to scramble back into the game.
"We fell so far behind we had to do something we normally don't do," he said. "We had to use our man-to-man press. They were able to take advantage of that."
After the Tigers' slow start, the girls were able to play the host Rattlers evenly but were unable to cut into the deficit.
"They were everything we expected for them to be," Rolando said. "We were evenly matched. We just had a poor shooting night."
After the first quarter, the Tigers were down double-digits points for the rest of the game.
"We played catch-up the whole game, and we never caught up," he said. "We were consistently down eight to 10 points in the second half.
"As bad as we played in the first quarter, we were still in the game. We just could not get over that eight-point hump."
The Rattlers were able to blow the game open in the closing minutes of the final quarter.
Although the Tigers lost, Rolando was pleased with the way the girls executed the offense.
"We ran our offense effectively," he said.