(Editor’s Note: Due to the number of students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are quarantined, Cut Bank Schools cancelled classes and all athletic events and practices beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 7.)
The Cut Bank Lady Wolves split a pair of conference games last weekend as they dropped a heart-breaker to Fairfield before bouncing back to take down Conrad.
Against the Fairfield Eagles, Cut Bank was held to just two points after the first quarter and they trailed 12-2. Cut Bank found their offense in the second stanza as they put up 18 points but trailed 30-20 at the break. Cut Bank outscored Fairfield 11-9 in the third quarter and closed the gap to 39-31 going into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolves were down 44-36 with under a minute to play and scored five straight points before Sienna Spotted Bear was fouled on a three-pointer at the buzzer. Spotted Bear calmly sank the first two free throws but missed the third and the Lady Wolves’ comeback fell short, with the Eagles taking a 44-43 victory.
Spotted Bear led the offense with 15 points followed by Sadie Pepion with nine. Aliyah Cruz scored eight points, Makenna Burke, Jackie Waller and Kendra Spotted Bear scored three apiece and Mariah Posey rounded out the scoring with two.
“We came out with a ton of energy against Fairfield but couldn’t find the basket in the first quarter. Even down 10 at the half the girls had a look about them where they were going to fight until the buzzer and that’s exactly what we did. We came up a little short but left the gym knowing we can play with anyone when we stick together.”
Saturday the Lady Wolves traveled to Conrad and again were plagued by a sluggish start as they trailed 8-2 after the opening quarter. Cut Bank outscored Conrad 15-10 in the second and trailed 18-17 at the half. The Lady Wolves tied the game up at 26-26 going into the final eight minutes where they finally got their offense clicking and the local cagers took a 42-30 victory.
Cruz led a balanced attack with 13 points followed by Pepion with eight. Waller followed with seven points, Burke tallied five, Sienna Spotted Bear scored four while Kendra Spotted Bear scored three and Madison Baker rounded out the scoring with two.
“We played great defensively all night but just couldn’t get anything going offensively. In the fourth quarter we got ourselves a few easy buckets early and continued to play solid defense to get the win.”
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