Paonia’s Ce’rra Carsten knocks a ball away from Hayden’s Aubree Haskins on Saturday as the Eagles beat the Tigers, 63-48. Paonia led by double digits for much of the game, forcing Hayden into turnovers and bad shots.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Paonia’s Ce’rra Carsten knocks a ball away from Hayden’s Aubree Haskins on Saturday as the Eagles beat the Tigers, 63-48. Paonia led by double digits for much of the game, forcing Hayden into turnovers and bad shots.

Hayden girls basketball suffers setback against Paonia

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Game statistics

■ Paonia Girls 63, Hayden 48

Paonia 13-21-13-16 — 63

Hayden 9-11-16-12 — 48

Paonia — Jessica Altman 5 0-0 12, Carson Pipher 4 3-4 11, Chelsy Reed 5 9-11 22, Annavah Kropp 0 1-7 1, Ce’rra Carsten 4 1-2 9, Alexandria Farnsworth 4 0-1 8. Totals 22 16-27 63.

Hayden — Sierra Ehlers 2 1-2 5, Kyra Rolando 3 3-5 9, Morgan Bell 1 0-0 2, Lindsay Parrott 1 0-0 2, Delanie VeDepo 1 2-2 5, Brette Frentress 3 1-2 9, Aubree Haskins 5 3-4 13, Erin Koehler 1 1-3 3. Totals 17 11-18 48.

3-poiners: Paonia (5) — Reed 3, Altman 2. Hayden (3) — Frentress 2, VeDepo.

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Hayden's Kyra Rolando goes up for a shot Saturday against Paonia.

— Paonia High School girls basketball coach Scott Rienks said he understands the doubt those looking in on his team might have. This year’s squad is without most of the players who powered the Eagles to last season’s Class 2A state championship.

He insists this team is a good one, however.

It was a different cast of characters but the same result Saturday in Hayden. Paonia has made a habit of dashing the Tigers’ dreams and did so again, winning 63-48 to seize control of the Western Slope League.

“We’re going to have to move on and get better,” Hayden junior Brette Frentress said. “We definitely need to work on our turnovers and learn to handle pressure better.”

Paonia’s fast and efficient proved more valuable than Hayden’s tall and experienced. That was the rule of the game. The Tigers pieced together a strong surge in the third quarter, but the Eagles were too good before and after.

Amid mounting turnovers, scoring opportunities were rare, and the Tigers often couldn’t capitalize on the few they found.

“We were breaking the press well at times, but we still couldn’t score,” Hayden coach Eric Hamilton said. “It was

just one of those nights for our shooters, but I don’t think we beat ourselves. Paonia’s a really good team.”

Hayden rose to the challenge much better in the third quarter. Frentress helped jump-start the team’s shooting, and junior Aubree Haskins established herself inside.

The surge quickly turned a this-is-over 19-point deficit into manageable 13-point hole. Haskins scored again on a feed from Sierra Ehlers, and Delanie VeDepo drained a 3-point shot and added two free throws, capping a three-minute, 14-0 run.

The Tigers didn’t have enough to keep things rolling into the fourth quarter, however, and soon Paonia was back in command. The lead expanded as the Tigers took ever-greater risks to try to climb back in the game.

Haskins had 13 to lead Hayden, and Chelsy Reed scored 22 for Paonia.

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