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Colegrove leads the way as Hoopa girls get their first win

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The Hoopa girls are beginning to find their feet offensively.

On Saturday, the Warriors posted their first win of the young season, getting the better of the Cubs by a score of 59-40 at South Fork.

Sophomore standout Tatianna Colegrove had a huge afternoon, scoring a game-high 20 points and pulling down 17 rebounds as a point guard.

But it was the overall team offense that made the difference, as three different Hoopa players scored at least 14 points.

“We got our offense flowing,” head coach Crissy Robbins said. “We’ve struggled to put points on the board and today I felt it clicked.”

In addition to Colegrove’s big contribution, the ever-dangerous Taylor Cole had 16 points and Beyonce Bussell added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and five rebounds.

Cole has been a force for the Warriors all season and has led the team offensively through the opening five games, while playing just about the whole game every night.

On Saturday, the Warriors were missing three players and had just seven on hand.

The addition of Bussell to the squad earlier in the week has definitely helped.

“Beyonce had a good game for us,” Robbins said. “She’s been solid for us since she came back.”

Colegrove too.

“She’s really having a phenomenal season for us,” the head coach said of the starting point guard. “All-around she gives a great effort and has a great attitude.”

Tatena Miguelena added six points in the win, while Bethany Masten had two and K-Lynn Dowd one.

The Warriors have three games remaining, including hosting Eureka on Monday at 6 p.m.

They also play at St. Bernard’s on Wednesday and at home to Ferndale on Friday.

And, according to the coach, the players are happy to be playing a season, even if it’s a short one.

“They’re definitely glad to be playing,” Robbins said. “They’re just a fun group of girls to be around.”

And Robbins believes the Warriors will give their remaining Little 4 rivals all they can handle.

“I think we’ll give them a good run for their money,” the coach said. “We’ve got a great defense, so if we keep our offense flowing, we’ll be pretty good.”

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