OVER THE TOP — Cowgirl Jenny Silvernale (31) out leaps Cut Bank’s Brady Gray in the tip off at the start of the game to give Conrad early control of the ball. The Cowgirls came on to win the contest 45-37. Silvernale tossed in four points on the night. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Conrad’s ladies pulled out a split in weekend play on the courts over the weekend. They suffered a tough 36-30 loss in Rocky Boy, but, then rebounded for a big win over Cut Bank in the Corral, 45-37 on Saturday.
On the road in Rocky Boy, the Cowgirls held on to a slim 24-20 lead going to the final frame.
Rocky Boy managed to rally back down the stretch and pull out the 36-30 win.
Taylor Johnson led the team in scoring with just nine points. Erica Grubb, Jayleen Harris, each scored four points, Beth Grubb hit for three and
Sam Fagan, Jenny Silvernale, Taylor Judisch, and Rashelle Johns each put up two points.
Conrad scored on 12 shots from the field and was 4-10 at the line. Rocky Boy connected on eight shots from the floor, but they were 16-24 at the line.
Saturday on the home front, the Cowgirls, in a low score first quarter, fashioned a 7-2 lead over Cut Bank.
Silvernale put the first points on the board, hitting a hoop in the paint, off an inbounds pass. What followed was a scoring draught for a little more than four minutes, then Taylor Johnson nailed a nifty jumper from the right wing and Grubb popped for a bucket and was fouled. She completed the three-point play for the 7-2 lead.
In the second quarter, just when you thought both teams could not find a bucket, they exploded for a combined 33 points and filled the air with three points and long two shots.
Cowgirls Johnson and Fagan each put up five points, each had a three ball, Harris nailed a bucket with her toes just inside the line, Silvernale scored again from inside the paint and Grubb put up three points.
Cut Bank bombed in four treys in their run for 16 points.
Grubb led the team in scoring with 15 points. Nine of her scores came from the line where she shot 9-12. Johnson wrote down 14 in the scoring column. She was 4-4 at the line and pumped home a pair of treys. Fagan bounced in eight markers off the glass, Harris tossed up four, and Silvernale matched that.
The home girls scored on 14 shots from the field and were a neat 14-20 at the line. The Lady Wolves hit on 11 shots from the floor and were 10-18 from the line.
The win put the Cowgirls record at 5-5 (7-7 overall) and into fourth place in conference play, behind Fairfield 8-0, Choteau 5-2, and Rocky Boy, 5-4. They pushed Cut Bank down fifth 4-5 while Shelby is at 3-5 and Cascade is still looking for any kind of a win at 0-9, 0-13.
Friday Conrad is at Fairfield and Saturday the team is at home with Choteau.
Mark your calendar for Feb. 13. The Cowgirls and Cowboys play a doubleheader with Heart Butte visiting, and, it is also Senior Night for both teams. After this it’s tournament time and our little version of “March Madness.”