Lady Cowboys take third at Shootout

The lady Cowboys opened their 2018-19 basketball season at the White River Shootout last weekend. With wins over Mancos and Dolores, and one loss to the Soroco, the Cowboys earned third place in the tournament, followed by a win against Coal Ridge on Tuesday, 40-26. The girls will play next on Dec. 14 at home against Grand Valley. TIFFANY JEHOREK PHOTO

MEEKER | The girls’ 2018 White River Electric Cowboy Shootout was held Nov 29, 30 and Dec. 1 featuring eight teams from as far away as Dolores, Colo. The tournament—also the lady Cowboys  opening basketball games for the 2018-19 season—found the Cowboys taking on the Blue Jays from Mancos in the first round. The Cowboys dominated the non-league opponent with a 66-17 win. Continuing the tournament on Friday, the Cowboys battled the Soroco Rams. The Rams leading scorer, Chloe Velileux, led her team to an early large lead that the Cowboys could not overcome, falling 73-59 to the Rams.

“Veilleux from Soroco had an explosive night. My girls kept working and showed poise. Brought a 20 point deficit at half within five in the fourth quarter just by sheer determination. I’m very excited about our season,” said head coach Jamie Rogers. Veilleux, alongside Tori Lasker and Megan Shelton of the Cowboys, Whitney Echols of Longmont Christian, Tatum Majors of Dolores and Skylar Thacker of Rangely, earned the honor of 2018 All Tournament Team.

Day three of the tournament, the Cowboys took on the Bears from Dolores. Up 57-11 with three minutes left in the game, the lady Cowboys sealed the win to take third in the tournament.

“A couple of big wins this weekend,” said Rogers, “We got to work on some new defense and look at some things to change.”

The Cowboys were on the road Tuesday with a mid-week game against Coal Ridge, another solid performance and a victory, 40-26. The team has a few days of rest ahead as the lady Cowboys will not play again until Dec. 14, when Grand Valley will make the trip to Meeker for another round of home matches.


By Tiffany Jehorek | Special to the Herald Times