BANG THEM DRUMS — Justin Salois pounds away on the new drum set purchased by the Conrad Booster Club during the 1B Tournaments over the weekend. Watch the I-O in the near future for a story relating to the shiny red drum set so proudly played by the Conrad Pep Band. I-O Photo by Amy Salois
The Conrad Cowgirls hung tough in the district tournament this past week and saw their season extended to the divisionals in Malta this weekend.
Coming in as the number three seed, the home ladies opened with the sixth seeded Cut Bank and the pesky Wolves gave Conrad a game, but in the end, in overtime, it was the Cowgirls by one, 48-47.
After two quarters of play the contest was all knotted at 25 apiece and stayed that way for regulation play.
In the OT, Conrad nipped the Wolves, 6-5, and moved on in the tournament.
Rashelle Johns had a nifty game, getting a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Taylor Judisch bounced in 13 points off the glass, Taylor Johnson pumped home seven, Moranda Brenteson added five, Erica Grubb the same while Kelli Fagan and Hayley Orcutt both added hoops to the scoring column.
The Cowgirls scored on 13 shots from the field and went 7-11 at the line.
The win put them into semifinal play with number two Choteau.
Conrad, plagued by turnovers, fell 50-35. The team turned the ball over 20 times in the first half and Choteau used that to score 13 points while Conrad got seven scores off of turnovers.
There were two ties and two lead changes in the first half. The Cowgirls could not find an answer for the Bulldogs Alisha Breen who went 14-18 at the line on her way to scoring 26 points against the home girls.
Judisch scored nine points, Johns eight, Johnson four, Orcutt three, Grubb, Morgan VanDyke and Brenteson all had a hoop, and Jayde Richardson scored once from the line.
The Cowgirls hit on 13 shots from the floor and were 7-14 at the line. Choteau scored on 15 shots from the field and was 19-32 from the stripe.
In loser out action Conrad next faced off with the Rocky Boy Stars and in a really consistent scoring effort won going away, 57-45.
The team hit for 13 points in each of the first three quarters and 18 down the stretch in a game they needed to move on.
Johns got back on the scoring track and led all scorers with 20 points.
Orcutt pumped home nine, Johnson eight, Judisch seven, Grubb six, Brenteson five, and Fagan two.
Conrad hit on 19 shots from the floor and was 19-31 at the line. The Stars hit on 16 shots from the floor and were 9-20 from the line.
The win put them in the consolation match for third and fourth and a face-off with Shelby.
The contest wasn’t decided until the final frame where the Coyotes went on a modest 17-13 run to pull out a 46-43 win and take third.
Conrad was down by 10, 24-14 at the break but rallied back to carry a 30-29 advantage to the final eight minutes.
Johns pumped home 17 points, Judisch was in double figures with 12, Johnson hit for eight, Grubb had two, Orcutt two and Brenteson one.
Conrad scored on 14 shots from the floor and went 15-22 at the line. Shelby scored on 10 shots from the field but won the game at the line, going 24-36.
Fairfield came on to down Choteau 41-33 to place first in the 1B tourney.
The Northern B Divisional will be hosted by Malta and Conrad will play the host Mustangs in a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday.
Fairfield opens the tournament with a 1:30 p.m. game against Harlem. Shelby follows, going up against Glasgow while Choteau plays Wolf Point in the 8 p.m. contest.