STRONG LIKE BULL — Conrad cheerleaders and student fans flex a little muscle during the game against Rocky Boy on Thursday at the opening round of the Northern 1B District tournament. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Conrad got off to a good start in the opening round of the District 1B tournament on Thursday evening with win over the Rocky Boy Morning Stars, 58-36.
Early on it was a back and forth contest with two ties and two lead changes before the team settled into a 14-13 lead after the first period.
Erica Grubb put up the first points of the night on a neat bucket off a turnover. Hayley Orcutt made a nifty move around a defender in the lane and dropped in a shot, Morgan VanDyke rifled a pass into Taylor Judisch who was wide open under the hoop for an easy basket.
But the Stars would not go away and built an 8-13 lead before Makayla Barringer stopped the bleeding and powered home a three-banger to get the Cowgirls back to 11-13. VanDyke air mailed a bomb through the nets just before the buzzer to grab the 14-13 lead.
Conrad never trailed again in the game.
The second period was all Conrad. The home girls exploded for 21 points, putting on a scoring clinic, while holding the Stars to just seven.
The scoring was spread out among Rashelle Johns, VanDyke, Judisch, Orcutt, and Barringer, who aced another three-shot.
One of Orcutt’s scores came at the buzzer and carried the team into the locker room with a 35-20 lead.
VanDyke opened the third period by nailing a trey and then turned around and did it again. She followed that up with a nifty bucket, driving the baseline for a quick eight points and a 43-20 Cowgirl lead.
Johns dished off a sweet pass to Orcutt for a score and then she dropped in a shot of her own and the team led 48-26 going to the final eight minutes.
A balanced scoring attack had Grubb and VanDyke both denting the backboard for 12 points. Orcutt was a hoop behind with 10.
Johns quietly scored nine points, Barringer settled in with eight, Judisch tossed up six and Jayde Richardson added a free throw.
Conrad scored on 20 shots from the field and was 13-22 at the line. The Stars hit on 16 shots from the floor and were 3-13 from the line.
In the early game, Cut Bank spanked Shelby 60-20 behind 30 points from Reedie Spencer. She helped herself by slicing up the nets with six treys as well.
Friday Conrad went up against the Fairfield Eagles.
The Eagles, behind 24 points from Molly Klinker, spanked the Cowgirls, 70-26.
Jones scored seven points, Paige Rauscher and Orcutt each tossed in four, Barringer, Grubb and Richardson all hit for three points and VanDyke had a bucket.
Conrad scored on eight shots from the field and was 9-15 at the line. Fairfield hit on 25 shots from the floor and was 14-24 at the line.
Saturday morning, the Cowgirls rebounded and sent Shelby packing in a loser out game, 48-39.
The home girls led 20-16 at the intermission and broke open the fairly close game with a 16-8 run in the third frame.
VanDyke opened the quarter with a big three-bomb and Johns hit on a neat shot from under the basket off a good pass from Judisch and the team coasted to the big win, getting their ticket punched for the consolation round.
Johns burned up the nets with 18 points. Judisch was smoking with 12 scores.
Grubb hit for eight, Richardson four, VanDyke three and Orcutt the same.
Conrad scored on 15 shots from the floor and was 17-25 at the line. Shelby hit on 10 shots from the field and was 13-22 from the line.
The win set them up with a dance with Cut Bank for third and fourth place.
Early on the Lady Wolves built a 22-18 lead by the intermission, but Conrad rallied back and outscored them 20-12 over the second half to take the 38-34 win and place third in the District tournament.
Grubb bounced in 10 points to lead the way. Judisch was right behind with nine markers, Johns put up eight, Orcutt scored five, VanDyke four and Richardson had a hoop.
Conrad scored on 14 shots from the field and was 8-19 at the line. Cut Bank hit on 14 shots from the floor as well, but was 5-9 at the stripe.
The divisional tournament begins March 1 in Shelby.