Lady Cowboys number one in conference play

Senior Gracie Bradfield goes up for a shot in Saturday’s home game against Vail.

MEEKER | Nine games into the season, three conference matches finished and the lady Cowboys basketball team is 8-1 and undefeated in conference play. Friday’s game at Caprock Academy, the Cowboys took home a win and started preparing for Saturday’s game.
Saturday the team played for the hometown crowd against the Vail Christian Longhorns; another decisive win with a final score of 53-22. Vail has a record of 4-5, and struggled on offense. Tori Lasker and Julia Dinwiddie paved the way with 10 of the 22 defensive rebounds, shutting down the Longhorn offense.
“Defensively the girls played really strong all four quarters,” said head coach Jamie Rogers. “They forced bad shots or passes that came away with a rebound or steal.”
Seniors Megan Shelton and Lasker led the team in scoring. Lasker put up 12 points and Shelton 15, six of which came from the pair of three-pointers she sank. The second quarter the girls “struggled,” Rogers said. “But they stayed focused on the defense.”
The two win weekend means that the Lady Cowboys retain their 100 percent league record which has the team sitting number one in the conference, just above Hotchkiss who is 3-1. These two teams will match up at home on Feb. 8. Statewide rankings finds the lady Cowboys at number eight, with an RPI of 0.630, and no other Western Slope team above them.
There’s a busy week ahead for the team with a game each night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, followed by home matches Thursday and Friday against Little Snake and then DeBeque. The team travels to Paonia on Saturday.

Julia Dinwiddie performed well in both Friday and Saturday’s matches.

By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times