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HHS senior Victoria Race, at left, won’t take no for an answer as she pushes past a Pine Bluffs player on her way to the basket. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Girls keep the streak alive

Lady Dragons are 7-0 after first game of January

There aren’t many teams in Colorado 2A girls basketball that remain undefeated at this point in the season, but Holyoke is one of them.

The Lady Dragons came back from the holiday break with a 38-31 win over Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, at home Saturday, Jan. 4.

“It was a good test for us after break,” said coach John Baumgartner, noting that Pine Bluffs is a “quality opponent.”

The coach said Holyoke did some good things in the first half — notably getting ahead 11-5 after the first quarter and 25-13 going into halftime.

The Lady Dragons relied on that lead in the second half. Pine Bluffs outscored Holyoke 8-5 in the third and 10-8 in the fourth, yet Holyoke came away with the seven-point win. Baumgartner gave Pine Bluffs credit for changing their strategy to play with a zone defense in the second half.

Holyoke’s defense was definitely working hard throughout the game, he said. “We made them work for everything.” He pointed out that assistant coach Shane Walkinshaw has also been working with the girls on rebounding, which showed in Saturday’s game.

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