The Cody girls basketball team put in the time over break to ensure the January return to competition was a smooth one, especially on defense, as the Fillies ran by 3A Lovell 50-22 Saturday on the road.
“Over the break we put in a ton of work to make sure we stayed at our best, and I think that it definitely showed, especially in the defensive aspect last night,” senior Brittan Bower said. “We were super pleased to be able to keep up such a strong defense and keep playing at our high Cody Filly Basketball intensity rather than dropping down to the level of our opponents.”
The Fillies (4-1) led from the first score and took away all doubts with a 19-0 run that spanned most of the third quarter.
Molly Hays led the way with 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals, Kennedi Niemann added 11 points, six rebounds and six steals, Torrie Schutzman eight points, Ally Boysen six points and five rebounds, and Izzie Radakovich and Bower five points.
Hays exploded out of the gate Saturday night against Lovell (3-2), sinking a runner to open the scoring early in the first quarter, which she finished with eight points to lead the Fillies to a 14-3 score after the opening quarter.
Cody’s offense was quieter in the second quarter, but the Fillies maintained a double-digit advantage, ahead 20-8 at the half, with Hays tallying 10 points.
In the first half Cody was 5-of-10 from the free throw line and menaced the passing lanes for many steals and a number of fast-break layups.
“Defensively, the girls were relentless. Every girl on the floor was playing hard, and we kept them from getting any decent looks,” coach Chris Wagner said. “Shooting from outside was very rusty. We were getting great open looks but struggled to hit them. The defense helped by providing a lot of easy layups.”
The Fillies opened it up again in the third quarter to take a commanding lead on the strength of a 19-0 run that spanned most of the quarter. It included 3-pointers by Niemann and Schutzman and five points by Bower, who scored on a putback and layup with an and-one opportunity. Cody led 39-10 entering the final quarter.
“It was awesome to be back,” Niemann said. “I thought overall our defense was really, really good. We worked so well as a team tonight.”
The Fillies bench players kept up that attack in the final quarter until the final bell with Ava Meyer scoring her first three points of the season.
Cody hosts 3A Worland (4-2) on Tuesday in Sweitzer Gym at 5:30 p.m.
Stat of the week: 10
This was all the points the Cody girls basketball team had allowed entering the final quarter Saturday at Lovell.