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Rangely too much for Hayden boys

Panthers' commanding third quarter, fast breaks lead to victory

Luke Graham

Hayden — As debuts go, first year Hayden High School basketball coach Robin Lighthizer came away from Friday's game against Rangely with some positives. — As debuts go, first year Hayden High School basketball coach Robin Lighthizer came away from Friday's game against Rangely with some positives.

— As debuts go, first year Hayden High School basketball coach Robin Lighthizer came away from Friday’s game against Rangely with some positives.

He also came away with a laundry list of things the Tigers need to work on after their 73-55 season-opening loss.

“I see some positive things,” Lighthizer said. “But one of the goals I knew we had to do this year was put the ball in the goal, and we struggled with that. We really did.”

After Rangely jumped to an 18-point lead in the second quarter, Hayden mounted a run of its own led by senior Jordan Williams.

Williams, playing competitive sports again after missing the football season because of surgery to repair two herniated discs in his back, scored 11 points in second quarter to cut the Rangely lead to 37-24 at halftime.

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But in the third quarter, Rangely turned the game into a track meet.

Using a full-court press, the Panthers started the quarter on a 17-4 run and outscored the Tigers 31-9 in the quarter to take a commanding 68-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

All the Rangely scoring in the third quarter came from post player Keenan Harvey and guard Patrick Phalen.

Phalen, a sophomore, dumped in 21 of his game-high 30 points in the quarter.

“It was good,” Phalen said about his third quarter. “I don’t even know what to say. We played really well and were able to fastbreak.”

With the game already decided heading into the fourth quarter, Hayden used the last frame to play its best basketball.

The Tigers outscored the Panthers 23-5 in the quarter, led by six points a piece from Williams and senior Chuck Hines.

Williams led the Tigers with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Zach Barnes added 11 points and six rebounds while Hines chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds for Hayden.

“We should be able to do a lot better,” Williams said. “We had a lot of chances, we just weren’t able to do it.”

Hayden plays Tuesday at Baggs, Wyo. The team then will travel to Meeker on Thursday for the three-day Meeker Tournament.

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