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MEEKER | The 59-25 victory over the Hayden Tigers leaves the Meeker Cowboys with a final, regular season record of 9-10. The Cowboys knew going in they had already sealed the number five spot in the league and would begin district play Tuesday.
The Hayden defeat can be attributed to an impressive, hard-working defense, with Ryan Phelan and Stephen Walsh working the boards and pulling down 13 rebounds. The offense answered with Phelan, Walsh and Cole Rogers each surpassing 10 points.
Sitting in the middle of the district bracket, the Cowboys did not have to wait for Monday pigtails to be completed to learn who they play. The District 5 bracket was posted Sunday and the Cowboys knew they were traveling to Soroco to take on the Rams Tuesday.
With a final score of 60-38, the Cowboys walked into Soroco territory and brought home the win.
“We played well tonight,” said head coach Klark Kindler, “We defended much better against the Rams this time.”
“We are looking forward to this weekend,” continued Kindler, “This is a fun time of year and our kids are playing well.”
The Cowboys will take on Vail Christian—who defeated the Rangely Panthers for their second game of the district tournament. The game is set to begin at De Beque High School Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Cowboys are one of four teams on the winning side of the bracket and know they have secured a slot to go to regionals from District 5. Vail Christian, West Grand and Plateau Valley will also have a slot in the regional tournament, location to be determined. Their play this weekend determines how they will be seeded in the 32 team tournament which ultimately leads to the big show, the elite eight, at Colorado High School State Basketball Tournament.
By Tiffany Jehorek | Special to the Herald Times