Hayden girls basketball changes things up

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— The Hayden High School girls basketball team has a whole new look.

New coach Stephanie Davis has all new starters and essentially a whole new varsity roster for the 2005-06 season.

Through four games, the Tigers are 1-3, but all four games have been close.

"I'm excited," said Davis, who used to coach the varsity girls program in DeBeque. "We have a lot of good athletes. We just have to learn to play together and build a varsity program."

Mariah Doolin and Sara Sumerlin are the team's two seniors. Both saw varsity action last year but did not start. The rest of the roster includes one freshman, one sophomore and several juniors, including Emily Whiteman, who also got playing time at the varsity level last year.

"We are off to a good start," Davis said. "They have great attitudes and are working hard and trying to become better individuals and teammates."

Hayden opened the season at the Meeker Tournament and dropped its first game to host Meeker, 56-52, on Dec. 1. The Tigers defeated Altamont, Utah, in a low-scoring game Friday before falling to North Park on the final day of the three-day tournament.

"We had too many turnovers," Davis said. "The last two games we've worked on correcting those. We are going to work on rebounding, too. That's a current goal. We need to have more offensive and defensive rebounding."

Hayden boasts interior height in Whiteman, junior Katy Koehler and freshman Kylee Sweetser. All three stand between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, Davis said.

"We would like to be an up-tempo team," Davis said, "and that's what we are trying to achieve right now."

On Tuesday, Hayden lost a close 38-34 game to Little Snake River of Baggs, Wyo.

Up next for Hayden is a game against Steamboat Springs' junior varsity team at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Steamboat. The team hosts North Park in a nonleague game at 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

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