Cowgirls swallow tough loss to Choteau, 54-44

38_bgg1624NICE SAVE  — Cowgirl Morgan VanDyke makes a nifty save in action against Choteau on Thursday. She came on to score eight  points in the game but Conrad lost the contest, 44-54.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler





The Cowgirl basketball team got back into action from the holiday break with game against the visiting Choteau Bulldogs on Thursday.

After trading opening shots at the basket and neither team scoring, the ‘Dawgs Alisha Breen banged in a shot off the glass, was fouled and completed the three point play for an early Choteau lead.

Cowgirls senior Rashelle Johns cut into that small lead with a stop-an-pop jumper in the lane to make the score 3-2.

Conrad stayed close; junior Taylor Judisch came down the court off a turnover, going coast-to-coast and then dishing off to junior Morgan VanDyke under the basket who hit for the score in a neat play, getting close again at 6-8.

Johns followed that action with a short jumper to tie the game 8-8, but Choteau was up by two points up at the buzzer, 11-9.

The second period was not good for the home girls.

They committed six turnovers and at one point, five in a row, helping Choteau to go on a 15-4 run and a 26-13 lead at the intermission.

The Cowgirls lone four points came from Johns on a shot from the floor and two trips to the charity stripe.

After a quiet first half, Judisch caught on fire and burned the nets for 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Cowgirls again got close, 44-48 but the clock wouldn’t slow down. The game was closer than it looked from the 10 point differential.

Johns had a steady game, popping home 16 points, scoring four points in each quarter.

VanDyke ended the night with eight points, Jayde Richardson knocked in four points and Hayley Orcutt had a hoop.

Conrad scored on 18 shots from the floor and went 8-18 at the line. Choteau scored on 19 shots from the field and was 13-18 at the line.

The JV team came back to win their game in OT, 26-24. They lead late in the contest but let Choteau back in the game and Krista Judisch had to hit one of two from the line to either tie or win the game. She drained one with eight seconds to go to send the game to OT.

In the overtime Michaela DeBoo buried key shots from the line to tie the game and then put Conrad on top 26-24 for the win.

Friday the home girls hosted Browning and lost another tough contest, 61-67.

Browning got on the boards first with a jumper from Krystal DesRosier.

Early on Johns and VanDyke went to pop in scores that tied the contest, but Conrad could never get past that.

The Lady Indians led 15-12 at the end of the first period. In the second period, Judisch raced down the baseline and slipped in a shot to tie the contest at 17-all and later VanDyke would score off of a steal to tie the team at 26-28, but both were short lived as Browning went back ahead on their possessions.

After the break, and even though Hayley Orcutt and Johns scored to tie the Indians, late in the period the team had four straight turnovers, all resulting in scores for Browning who forged out a 48-39 lead going down the stretch.

Conrad put up a nice rally in the fourth and when VanDyke  nailed a jumper with 40 seconds to play and the score was close at 61-63. It looked like Conrad might pull out a huge comeback. However, the team was done scoring for the evening and Browning put up four more scores from the charity stripe to ice the contest.

The Cowgirls had four players go into double figures for scoring. VanDyke led the way with a season high 19 points.

Both Johns and Orcutt hit the nets for 12 points and Judisch was right behind with 10.

Makayla Barringer and Erica Grubb each had four markers on the night.

Conrad hit on 22 shots from the floor and was 14-21 from the line. Browning  scored on 28 shots from the field and was 10-27 at  the line.

Rocky Boy comes in for a Friday game with action starting about 7:30 p.m. Then the Cowgirls are away for the next four games.