TIP OFF — Cowgirl senior Taylor Judisch gets the opening tip off to a team mate in play against Browning on Saturday. The Indians’ Tiara Gilham was jumping against Judisch. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Conrad Cowgirls split their games to open the New Year, falling to Choteau, 36-50 and then bouncing back to gallop over Browning, 59-44.
Playing in Choteau, the teams were locked up at 8-8 after the first period and then in the second frame, the Lady ‘Dawgs went on a 16-8 run and down the stretch outscored Conrad, 26-20 to ice the contest.
Morgan VanDyke led the team in scoring, knocking down 17 points. She pulled in four rebounds and had two steals on the night.
Jayde Richardson and Emily Harwood each connected for six points, Hayley Orcutt put up four markers and Taylor Judisch and Krista Judisch each had a hoop.
The Cowgirls hit on 20 of 41 shots from the floor and were 15-28 from the line.
Saturday the home girls took on Class A Browning on the home court and sent the Indians reeling in a non-conference game, 59-44.
The teams had three lead changes and two ties in the first quarter and despite having nine turnovers, Conrad ended the period with a 13-7 lead.
Junior guard VanDyke burned the nets for 11 points, nine coming off of three point bombs and the other off a nifty reverse layup.
The second period belonged to senior T. Judisch. First she went baseline for a bucket and then intercepted the Browning inbounds pass for another fast bucket. In the back court, she stole a ball and brought the goods home for a quick six points. She would add a pair of free throws for eight points in the quarter and Conrad led 30-22 at the break.
Over the second half, VanDyke pumped home 12 more points to have a career night with 23 markers. She had a nice all around game with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
T. Judisch turned in a really nice performance. With her 12 points, she was one board short (9) of a double-double game. She had a blocked shot, five steals and two assists on the night.
Four players pumped home five points each, Richardson, who also had six boards, Makayla Barringer, Taryn Erikson and Orcutt.
Conrad was 20-41 from the floor and 15-28 at the line.
Browning hit on 14 shots from the field and was 15-36 at the line. The home girls moved their conference record to 2-2 and are 5-2 overall.
Saturday the team plays host to the Havre Blue Ponies. The early action starts at 2:30 p.m.