Cowgirls run past Hayden, 61-42


Meeker had four players in double figures Saturday night as the Cowgirls pulled away from Hayden for a 61-42 win in the final regular season game for both teams.

Hayden's Whitney Bell traded baskets with Meeker's Sam Stewart as each scored 18 points. But Stewart had the better supporting cast. Cowgirl sophomore Kristin Schaffer scored 14, as did senior Jessie Smith. And freshman Erin Watson chipped in 12.

Meanwhile, no player other than Bell was in double figures for Hayden.

"Schaffer really gets things going for us on both ends of the floor," Meeker Coach Hallie Blunt said. "And Stewart really controls the boards.

"I thought we played well. We like to create our offense from our defense, and we were able to do that tonight."

Meeker held Hayden to just 29-percent shooting as the Tigers connected on just 16 of 56 shots. The Cowgirls managed just less than 50-percent shooting, hitting 26 of 59 shots.

The win moved Meeker to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Cowgirls are seeded second behind Grand Valley heading into the district tournament Saturday.

Hayden fell to 9-10 overall and 5-2 in league play. Hayden will be seeded third and will host a playoff game Saturday.

Hayden Coach Jayme Adams said she was pleased with her team's effort Saturday. "I thought we brought a lot of intensity," she said. "We struggled getting our offense going. We got some steals and turnovers; we just had trouble converting them into points."

Adams said the 5-foot-10-inch Stewart is hard to contain. Stewart finished with 14 rebounds to go along with her 18 points. Half of Stewart's rebounds were on the offensive end.

Alycia Boyd led Hayden in rebounding, grabbing 10 boards. Boyd also scored nine points. Lauren Branstetter had eight points, and Kim Medvesk added seven for the Tigers.

Hayden kept the game close in the first half, trailing by just 23-15 at the break. But Meeker opened the game up in the second half, outscoring Hayden, 38-27.


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