SAD DAY — The stands are empty and an emotional senior Cowgirl, Rashelle Johns, heads for the locker room after playing her last and final game on the basketball court. Cut Bank defeated Conrad 53-46 on Saturday morning at the divisional tourney in Shelby putting a stop to the home girl’s tournament run. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Conrad Cowgirls got off to a big start at the Northern B divisional basketball tournament in Shelby on Thursday, taking it to the Glasgow Scotties 47-31.
Early on the Cowgirls built a 10-3 lead and went to the locker room at the break with a 26-10 lead.
Both teams scored 21 points over the second half with the winner earning the right to play the Fairfield Eagles on Friday in a semi-final match up.
Senior Cowgirl Rashelle Johns led all scorers banging 13 markers off the glass. Sophomore Jayde Richardson came off the bench and had a super game until she was injured and had to leave. She poured in 12 points and pulled down 10 boards for a double-double.
Hayley Orcutt and Taylor Judisch both hit the hoops for eight points, Morgan VanDyke marked down three in the scoring column, Makayla Barringer had a hoop and Erica Grubb added a shot from the freebie line to round out the score.
Conrad scored on 15 shots from the field and was 17-31 from the line. The Scotties scored on 14 shots from the field and were only 6-19 at the line.
In other tourney contests, Choteau spanked Plentywood 57-22, Malta got by Cut Bank 51-43, and Fairfield crushed Wolf Point 74-31.
The win put Conrad in an opportunity to derail Fairfield who came to the court with a 48-0 win streak over the last two years.
The semi-final game belonged to the Eagles. The Cowgirls fell behind 24-8 after the first period, all of their points coming at the line. They didn’t score from the field until half way through the second period when Barringer rammed home a three-pointer.
The home girls trailed at the break 45-23 and the Eagles went to coast to a 67-49 win.
Johns led the way with 10 points. She went 6-6 at the line and was 2-11 from the field. Grubb was right behind with nine points, going 7-8 from the line and 1-3 from the floor. Orcutt also banged home nine points, Judisch scored seven, VanDyke, Barringer and Taryn Erickson all put up four markers and Krista Judisch had a hoop.
The Eagles lost the battle at the line with Conrad outscoring them 19-11. However, the Eagles scored 27 points off of turnovers to 15 for Conrad and dropped in 18 points on three-point shooting to six for the Cowgirls. They also had 17 second chance points to eight for the home girls and off the bench, the Eagles were strong, outscoring Conrad 26-10.
Saturday morning the Cowgirls were in the consolation bracket with Cut Bank and a win would give them the opportunity to challenge Malta for a trip to the state tournament.
The contest was closer than the 53-46 win by the Lady Wolves indicated. There were eight lead changes and two ties.
Conrad hit on 17-60 shots from the field and was 1-12 beyond the arc and 11-19 at the line. Cut Bank was 15-45 from the floor, 3-9 for three-pointers and went 20-38 at the line.
Orcutt led the team in scoring with 12 points. She also had seven rebounds and three steals. VanDyke had a good overall game with 10 points, nine boards, three assists and five steals. Grubb went 9-9, both points and rebounds. Johns hit for eight and pulled down eight boards. Judisch scored six and Barringer had a free throw.
Conrad got 18 points off of turnovers to 11 for the Wolves and out rebounded them 47-42. Cut Bank got nine points from beyond the arc to three for the Cowgirls.
Both team had 13 second chance points and the Wolves got four points off the bench to one for the Cowgirls.
In other Saturday action, Choteau stopped Glasgow 48-41, and defeated Cut Bank for third place in the consolation bracket 58-37.
Fairfield, in a low scoring contest, defeated Malta 37-20. Both teams advance to the state tournament.