SPIKE — Cowgirl Kyleigh Salois raps back a kill shot against Cut Bank on Friday while number 13, Emily Harwood looks on. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Cowgirls lost a tough match, a really tough match to Cut Bank on Friday.
Scores looked like this, 25-22, 25, 11, 17-25, 19-25, 15-10.
The first set of the five game match was an exciting barn burner that Conrad should have had.
They took the early lead with Hayley Orcutt at the service line 3-0 and led throughout the match, at one point by as much as 10-5.
However, the Lady Wolves kept hanging around and would not go away. The first and only tie of the set finally came for the Wolves at 22-22 along with the one lead change when they went on top 22-23 and got the final two points for the heart sinking win.
Moran VanDyke and Taylor Judisch had a couple of nifty kill shot in the set.
The second set saw the Wolves ump out to a 0-7 lead and coast to a 11-25 win. Conrad could only get as close at 7-12.
In third game, Orcutt opened at the service line and went on a 4-0 run. Conrad dominated the set with T. Judisch and VanDyke putting back key shots from the field and serving up shots from the line. In getting the final point, VanDyke put an exclamation point on a shot that she buried past a Cut Bank defender.
Conrad had total command of the set. There were no ties or lead changes.
The fourth game was a back and forth contest in the early going with 9 ties and two lead changes, the final one coming off a kill shot by Emily Harwood and an ace by Krista Judisch put Conrad up 11-9.
The home girls would come on to lead by as much as 16-10 in the 23-19 win.
In the tie breaker game, Orcutt helped Conrad to a 2-0 lead. There were three ties and one lead change. All square at 4-4, Cut Bank went on a three point run and later on a six pints run to take the game and the match, 15-10.
The Cowgirls powered over 15 aces with Orcutt having four and VanDyke three.
Of the 34 team assists, Orcutt dished up 21, T. Judisch nine and Harwood six. Harwood also blocked two of the five team shots at the net.
The Cowgirls had 131 digs with T. Judisch putting up 40, Kristine Warlick 18 and Orcutt 17.
Conrad saw their record go to 2-7 overall at 2-5 in conference play. The Wolves moved their record to 4-1/5-2.
Thursday the ladies host Rocky Boy and Friday Fairfield comes to town for the final home game of the season, which will be Senior Night.