Bears start slow, rally then fall short vs. Indians
RIFLE – There are some games, that no matter what happens, it’s just not going to be a team’s night.That’s the way Rifle felt about Tuesday’s 44-34 loss to Montrose. The 1-1 Bears gave it their best effort, only to come up short.The game had appeared to have run away from Rifle when the Indians reeled off an 11-0 first quarter run before Bears senior Haley Hubble removed the zero from Rifle’s side of the scoreboard with a pair of free throws.Montrose’s Brittany Creamer upped the Indians lead back to 11 when she scored the period’s last field goal with 1 minute, 19 seconds left.Then the game got interesting.Down 17-8 midway in the second quarter, Rifle, using free throws as its main weapon, fought back to a 21-20 deficit at halftime. The Bears hit 7-of-10 from the line in the period, and got within a point of the Indians when sophomore Kristin Guettler connected on a long jumper with two seconds left.Rifle continued the dramatics in the third period, forcing a 24-all tie. Then the Bears’ shooting turned cold.Kristin Nefferdorf’s field goal was the only bucket Rifle hit in the quarter, two of a mere four points they scored in the period. Montrose took the lead back for good with a 7-0 run during a Bear scoreless span of six-plus minutes.The Indians’ Laura Becker led all scorers with 18 points. Neffendorf and Guettler had 12 each for Rifle. The Indians’ Laura Becker led all scorers with 18 points. Neffendorf and Guettler had 12 each for Rifle.
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