The Cut Bank Lady Wolves picked up their first win of the season as they topped Conrad in conference play on Saturday. The local cagers fell to Fairfield on Friday.
Friday against Fairfield the Lady Wolves trailed 15-10 after the first quarter. Cut Bank scored another 10 points in the second stanza but a late run by Fairfield gave the Eagles a 29-20 lead. Neither team lit up the scoreboard in the third quarter, as the teams combined for just four points with under three minutes to play. The Lady Wolves couldn’t muster a comeback in the final eight minutes as they fell 53-36.
Jackie Waller and Aliyah Cruz scored 14 points each for the Lady Wolves while MacKenzie Johnson added six. Kendra Spotted Bear rounded out the scoring with two points.
Saturday in Conrad, Cruz scored all seven of the Lady Wolves points in the first quarter and the local cagers trailed 8-7 after one. Waller and Johnson each hit two triples in the second quarter and Cut Bank took a 28-22 lead at the half. Cut Bank was outscored 18-12 in the third quarter and the teams entered the final eight minutes knotted up at 40-40.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth and were knotted up at 53-53 with 37 seconds left after a Spotted Bear throw. The Cowgirls turned the ball over on the following possession and the Lady Wolves worked the ball around until finding Destini Anderson alone on the wing for her fourth long range bomb of the game to go up 56-53.
A Conrad turnover gave the ball back to Cut Bank and after Anderson was fouled she calmly sank two free throws to seal the 58-53 victory.
Cruz led the way with 16 points followed by Anderson with 14. Johnson was the third cager to hit double digits with 11 points, Waller finished with eight, while Spotted Bear scored all seven of her points in the second half.
“Saturday was a much needed and great team victory,” said head coach Brandon Kavanagh. “We could have folded so many times in the second half and the girls just found a way to keep fighting and keep their heads. We got great shots all night long and we trusted the girls to find a good look at the end. Destini not only knocked down the three to put us up but the girls didn’t waste time celebrating and got right after them on defense to force a turnover. We are figuring out who we are as a team and the things we need to do to be successful.”
The Lady Wolves were 10-25 from long range for 40% for the game after setting a goal of seven made shots from distance to counter the Conrad size advantage.
Cut Bank traveled to Rocky Boy on Tuesday to close out the 2021 portion of their schedule. Their game with Whitefish was cancelled due to weather and roads. Results from those games will be available next week.
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