MOVING ON — The Cowgirl basketball team placed second at the Northern B Basketball Tournament in Shelby over the weekend. They open up at the divisional in Glasgow with Malta on Thursday at 8 p.m. The team from the left are Emily Harwood, Paige Rauscher, Krista Judisch, Senior Taylor Judisch, Hayley Orcutt, Jayde Richardson, Makayla Barringer, Morgan VanDyke, Taryn Erickson, Michaela DeBoo and Gabby Drishinski. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Cowgirl basketball team raced past Shelby in the opener of the Northern 1B District tournament on Thursday, 47-22.
After a slow scoring first frame which saw Cowgirls trot to a 6-4 lead. They exploded in the second frame, going on an 18-5 run to breeze on to the win.
No one was in double figures for the contest, but a fine balanced scoring attack provided all the fire power the home ladies needed.
Morgan VanDyke pumped in nine points. Hayley Orcutt and Makayla Barringer each sliced the nets up for eight markers.
Krista Judisch popped for six, Taylor Judisch and Jayde Richardson each knocked down four markers and Taryn Erickson bombed in a trey for three points.
The team scored on 13 shots from the field and was 13-21 at the line. Shelby, led by Jessica Mahr with 11 points, remained winless in the conference (0-11) and 2-17 overall.
Number five Cut Bank came onto stop the number four seeded Rocky Boy Morning Stars 60-53.
Friday in one of the Cowgirls best games of the year, they rallied back to stop the number two seeded Choteau Bulldogs, 49-38.
The game featured six ties and five lead changes before the home ladies pulled away in the fourth period and rang up 21 points to put the game away.
In the final eight minutes, VanDyke scored from all over the floor, T. Judisch scored a big bucket, taking the ball home off a steal, and Orcutt and Erickson put down key free throws.
A huge part of the game was turnovers. Conrad had 21 but the Bulldogs committed 32 and the Cowgirls converted those into 18 points while Choteau got 13 off of turnovers. The team also topped Choteau in three point shots getting 12 scores from outside the arc to just three for Choteau.
The Cowgirls hit on 16-49 shots from the field and were 13-20 at the line. Choteau scored on 11-42 shots from the field and was 15-33 at the line.
VanDyke had a career game. She lit up the score board with 28 points that included three treys and a 7-9 night at the line. She pulled down six rebounds, had a blocked shot and two steals.
T. Judisch scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had six steals.
Orcutt scored three points, had four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Erickson scored her two points from the line, late in the fourth period when it really counted. She also had three steals.
The win propelled Conrad into a championship meeting with top seeded and undefeated Fairfield.
The Eagles had a 72 game win streak on the line and Conrad had a lot of folks worried in the gym as the game progressed to the final eight minutes..
In a low scoring first half, the two teams were tied at 15-15 and going to the final eight minutes Conrad trailed by one point, 23-24. Up to this time there were four lead changes and five ties in the game.
But the Eagles came on with an 18-8 run to put the game away.
VanDyke banged home 15 points, had three rebounds, one assist and three steals. K. Judisch scored four times, T. Judisch scored two points, those coming from the line, had eight boards, two assists and four steals.
Erickson scored on a trey shot, while Barringer, Harwood and Richardson all scored two each.
The Cowgirls hit on 11-40 shots from the field and were 5-14 at the line. The Eagles scored on 12-39 shots from the floor and were 18-31 at the line.
Thursday the team is in Glasgow to play Malta in the 8 p.m. game. Three teams from the divisional tournament will advance to state meet in Butte in March.