Cowgirls play well at state meet

SENIOR SHOT  —  Cowgirl senior Taylor Judisch gets away a shot in play against Colstrip on Saturday at the State Class B tournament in Butte. Judisch was named to the Honorable Mention team.  Photo for the I-O by Jason Silvernale




Conrad overcame committing 41 turnovers Thursday night and came on to play a super second half as they hammered Florence-Carlton (F-C) 59-39 in the opening round of the State Class B girls’ basketball tournament in Butte.

Conrad forged out a quick 10-1 lead on point making shots from Hayley Orcutt, the senior leader, Taylor Judisch, Makayla Barringer Jayde Richardson and Morgan VanDyke.

Free throws kept the F-C team in the game, but the home girls led 14-8 after the first period.

Florence rallied back in the second frame with a 16-11 run and was within one point as the teams went to the locker rooms, 25-24.

That run may have been helped by the substitutions from the F-C coach who was putting in players faster than you could blink. His subs were coming in with four and five players for everyone.

He had eight substitutions in the second period alone and six in both the third and fourth periods.

However, over the second half the Cowgirls rolled and buried F-C, outscoring them, 35-15.

Conrad came up with what may have been their best overall game of the season. They placed four players in double figures for scoring and two had a double-game.

Judisch crashed the boards for 17 points and 11 rebounds and had five steals and three blocked shots in having a double-double game. VanDyke sliced up the nets with 10 markers and pulled down 14 rebounds, had two assists, three steals and one blocked shot in her double-double game.

Barringer lit up the score board with 12 points, pulled down four boards and had three steals. Orcutt banged home 12 points, had four steals and an assist.

Michaela DeBoo tossed up five points and Richardson added three more to round out the scoring.

Conrad scored on 22-50 shots from the floor and was 14-28 from the line. F-C hit on only 11-67 shots from the field and was 14-23 at the line.

Between the two teams, they committed 75 turnovers with Conrad having 41.

The win set up a date with the number two team, Townsend, who comes to the big dance with a 23-0 record.

In other action, Fairfield did what they do; win, 59-46 over Shepherd. Deer Lodge downed Colstrip in OT, 58-50 and Townsend ripped Malta, 55-37.

In a low scoring first period, Townsend pulled out a 6-2 lead, but the Cowgirls rallied back and trailed at the intermission by just one point, 16-15.

There were four lead changes over the second half with Conrad holding a one point lead as late as seven minutes into the third period on a hoop by VanDyke, but Townsend came on down the stretch and put together an 18-5 run and took the contest by the score of 44-26.

After having four players in double figures for scoring against Florence, only one Cowgirl got into the double figure column against Townsend.

VanDyke hit for 10 markers and pulled down seven boards. Barringer hit for eight points had five boards and three steals. Judisch scored seven times, grabbed eight rebounds, had a blocked shot and three steals. Orcutt scored a free throw to round out the scoring.

The Cowgirls were 10-48 from the floor and 2-4 at the line. Townsend scored on 16-45 shots from the field and was 8-15 at the line.

In other games, Malta downed Florence 62-58, Colstrip stopped Shepherd 46-35 and the Eagles pounded Deer Lodge 70-42.

Saturday, in loser out play, Colstrip ended the Cowgirls run in a 53-46 game.

The contest featured one tie and six lead changes. Conrad was hurt by committing 29 turnovers which Colstrip converted to 25 points. The Cowgirls got 18 points off of turnovers. The Fillies bench got 15 points to five for Conrad.

Barringer led the pack in scoring with 13 points. VanDyke tallied up 10 markers, Judisch had five, to go with eight boards. Orcutt with nine was just a marker short of double figures for scoring. Richardson hit the hoop four times and Emily Harwood scored three times, pulled in eight rebounds and had three steals.

Conrad hit on 12-34 shots from the floor and was 21-33 at the line. Colstrip was 17-48 from the floor and 17-31 at the line.

In other games, Deer Lodge got by Malta in OT, 47-44, Colstrip came on to defeat Deer Lodge in the consolation game for third place and it was no surprise, the Eagles played Townsend and won the battle of undefeated teams 45-32. Their streak now stands at 78 straight wins.