In a tale of two different performances, the Craig Middle School girls basketball teams split a pair of games against the Hayden Tigers Tuesday in Craig to start the season.
In the eighth-grade game, the Bullpups overmatched the Tigers, 24-4, while in the seventh-grade contest Hayden edged Craig, 25-21.
"Our main focus was to go out early in the game and keep pressuring them and we did that," said eighth-grade coach Diane Booco. "Overall we have some things to work on and that is what the rest of the week is for. "
Despite the opening game setback, seventh-grade coach Norm Yoast saw the positives.
"They did some things really well," said Yoast. "We rebounded well and Hayden has a real good team. They have some good kids. We had 12 girls that played and we are not sure who the A team is. We should have some good things happen to us. We came out in the second half and played a lot better."
For the eighth-graders, Natalie Field led the way with six points, while Lauren Stover, Julie Strahan and April Sparks all finished with four points.
"Our main concern is running the offense instead of getting the ball and shooting," said Booco. "Our focus is to pass the ball around as it is a team sport."
For the Bullpups seventh graders, Brandi Telfer poured in 11 points and Miranda Camilleti chipped in with five points.
"Things will pick up for us," said Yoast. "We have three games this week and it will be a good learning experience for us."
Both teams will next be in action Thursday when they host the SoRoCo Rams at 4:30 p.m. at Craig Middle School gym. The seventh-graders will start, followed by the eighth-graders.