2011-12 Tigers girls basketball schedule
- Dec. 1 to 3: Meeker Tournament — Game 1: Hayden 56, Cedaredge 37; Game 2: Hayden 38, Palisade 31; Championship game: Hayden 50, Grand Valley 40
- Dec. 8: Hayden 56, Vail Christian 21
- Dec. 16: Hayden 65, North Park 26
- Dec. 17: Little Snake River 50, Hayden 43
- Jan. 3: 6:30 p.m. vs. Basalt
- Jan. 6: Meeker 62, Hayden 59
- Jan. 10: 7 p.m. at Little Snake River
- Jan. 13: Hayden 70, West Grand 20
- Jan. 14: Hayden 61, North Park 22
- Jan. 21: Hayden 56, Vail Christian 32
- Jan. 27: Hayden 52, Soroco 35
- Jan. 28: Rangely 42, Hayden 33
- Feb. 3: Hayden 63, Plateau Valley 36
- Feb. 4: Paonia 83, Hayden 65
- Feb. 10: Hayden 62, Soroco 52
- Feb. 11: Hayden 72, West Grand 31
- Feb. 21: Hayden 52, Soroco 51
- Feb. 24: District Tournament: Paonia 66, Hayden 52
- Feb. 25: District Tournament: Hayden 61, Rangely 43
- March 2 and 3: Regional tournament
Steamboat Springs Anyone looking for rhyme and reason in the weekend the Hayden girls basketball team experienced might be out of luck.
After two weeks of looking like one of the best teams in the Western Slope League and a day after extending a winning streak with the fourth lopsided win in a row, the Tigers stumbled at home against a Rangely squad coming off back-to-back losses.
Hayden, suddenly short on offense, lost Saturday, 42-33.
“This is going to do us some good. This is the level we have to play from here on out,” Hayden coach Michelle Wilkie said. “We have to take this and make it positive. ... This was a reality check.”
Rangely never broke the game open but led most of the way by two points after one quarter and seven after the half. The Panthers were able to contain all of the weapons that on better days Hayden has been able to rely on, limiting touches for the Tigers’ two big posts and locking down the team’s outside shooters.
Senior Erin Koehler led Hayden with 16 points, but she scored half of that in the fourth quarter. Rangely’s Quincey Thacker, meanwhile, scored a game-high 20.
“They just played good defense,” Wilkie said. “They’re a good ball club.”
The loss, Hayden’s second in the league, takes some juice out of next weekend’s showdown at Paonia, which could have helped decide the league title. Instead, the Tigers, 9-4, will be playing to rebuild as the district tournament nears.
To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com