CMS girls basketball hosts Meeker in final home game

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Craig Middle School girls basketball vs. Meeker:

Seventh-grade A-team: 30-12W

Season record: 9-0

Seventh-grade B-team: 15-9W

Season record: 3-4

Eighth-grade B-team: 18-14L

Season record: 2-3

— Eighth-grade A-team, 8-0, did not play

With only away games left in their season, Craig Middle School basketball coaches Alicia Townsend and Candi Hellander are confident their girls can finish strong while on the road.

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams played their last home game of the season Saturday against Meeker, with some varied results. Eighth-grade coach Townsend chose to play only her B-team, which lost in a close 18-14 match-up, putting them at 2-3 for the year.

“We wanted to get the B girls a few more chances to play, and I think it worked out well,” she said. “They played Meeker’s A-team and got some good playing time in.”

The eighth-grade A-team’s first meeting with Meeker was a 61-6 blowout, the second game of the team’s 8-0 season.

The seventh-grade A- and B-teams also both won in their first Meeker game, a feat which they each repeated on Saturday. The B-team finished the game with a 15-9 victory, while the A-team topped the day’s scores with a 30-12 triumph.

“We did so much better this time,” Hellander said. “Our passing was better, and we didn’t throw away the ball as much. We had some good scoring out of Mattie Jo Duzik and Josey King, and Emma Samuelson and Christa Bird both played really well.”

Seventh-grade A-team’s season record is 9-0, while B-team stands at 3-4.

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams will travel to Rangely this Saturday, then Steamboat Springs on Feb. 9.

In preparing for the Feb. 11 district tournament, the seventh-graders will be without one of their strongest players.

“Mattie Jo Duzik won’t be playing with us in the tournament because she’ll be doing rodeo,” Hellander said. “That might hurt us some because she’s a pretty big part of the team as far as scoring, but we’ll be working on some other options. We’re just trying to finish with the best season we can. Everybody’s kind of gunning for us now.”

As for the eighth-graders, Townsend said her team has demonstrated regularly that they are where they should be for the last few games in the season.

“I’m not planning to make any changes,” Townsend said. “It’s fundamentals all the way, and it’s been working for us.”

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