Hayden boys net split in four games

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Turnovers plagued the Hayden High School boys basketball team during the three-day Meeker Tournament.

The Tigers beat Olathe, 35-34, on Thursday but lost to Palisade, 52-36, on Friday and lost to Grand Valley, 63-49, on Saturday.

It was the second time in five games that Hayden played Grand Valley.

"We had 24 turnovers against Palisade," Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "It was a six-point game in the fourth quarter. We had chances to keep it close. They pulled away at the end. They are faster and quicker than anyone we are used to seeing in our league."

Hayden had 14 turnovers against Grand Valley.

The Tigers started the Meek--er Tournament with a come-from-behind win against Olathe. Senior Tyson Letlow hit the winning free throw in the closing seconds to give Hayden its second win of the season.

"We took our first lead of the game with four seconds left," Baumgartner said. "We were down by six with a couple minutes left. We came back and tied the game. We got the ball back with 40 seconds left and ran a play to Bryan Richards. They collapsed on Richards, and he passed it off to Letlow. Letlow got fouled, hit his first free throw and missed his second."

But Hayden stole the in----bounds pass, preventing Olathe from getting off a shot.

Junior Bryan Richards led Hayden with 41 points in three tournament games, including 17 against Palisade. Senior Keenan Bruchez had 34 points and 21 rebounds in three games. Senior Tyson Sweetser had 11 rebounds against Grand Valley.

The Tigers picked up their first win of the year Dec. 6 at home against Little Snake River of Baggs, Wyo.

Hayden outscored Little Snake River, 14-8, in the final quarter to win by five points, 52-47.

The Tigers limited themselves to eight turnovers and had 11 steals in that game.

Richards led the Tigers with 17 points. Bruchez had 14 points and six rebounds. Letlow had eight rebounds and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Hayden (2-3 overall) plays North Park at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Hayden. The junior varsity plays at 2:30 p.m.

The five days of practice leading up to Saturday's game will help the Tigers, their coach said.

"Offensively, we have to find our niche," Baumgartner said. "We are forcing things and passing things up we should be taking. This week will be good. We can get back to drilling things and get back to the fundamentals."

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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