Hayden’s Brette Fentress dives to try to foul a Little Snake River player Saturday. The Tigers lost to the Rattlers in overtime.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Hayden’s Brette Fentress dives to try to foul a Little Snake River player Saturday. The Tigers lost to the Rattlers in overtime.

Hayden girls basketball falls in overtime loss

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— There were a lot of little things, Hayden girls basketball coach Michelle Wilkie said.

An easy layup here or a rebound there, any of it could have made the difference. Any of it could have given the squad its biggest win of the young season.

Although the Tigers ended up just short, falling in overtime at home to Little Snake River High School, 50-43, it wasn’t the little things they were sweating. It was the big things that they found a way to relish.

“We have a knowledge now of what it’s going to take,” Wilkie said. “They know now this is the level we’ll have to be at.”

The Rattlers, out of Baggs, Wyo., scored late in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 43. Hayden (4-1) couldn’t find a good shot when it had the ball with nine seconds remaining, and it couldn’t do much in overtime, falling behind early and losing to a few free throws.

Hayden got the start it wanted. Senior Kelsey Rolando nailed three 3-point shots in the first quarter. Erin Koehler added another and two other baskets as the Tigers raced to an 18-12 lead after the first quarter.

Snake River slowed both players, however. Rolando hit only one more trey, and Koehler, who came in averaging 25 points, scored only five more. Each had 12, as did fellow senior Aubree Haskins, to share in team-leading honors.

Brette Frentress added five to round out the scoring for the Tigers.

“Kelsey got the momentum of it all started,” Wilkie said. “She just came out and boom, boom, boom.

“They really tried to shut Erin down. They played a little more aggressive on her when she caught the ball. It was a strategy that worked.”

Despite the loss, the first of the season, Wilkie said the team wasn’t going into the long winter break with its head down.

“They all played so well. This was probably the best game we played,” she said. “They gave me everything they had, and I can’t ask for more. We were in the locker room asking, what could we have done better: not as many turnovers or more shots inside. We know that, and we know we have to continue to work hard. But they worked hard, and they gave everything they had.”

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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