Andes girls make progress

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It’s a family affair this year on the Andes girls’ basketball team. Three Tait sisters, senior Cheyenne, sophomore Karli, and freshman Gina play on the Andes squad. Even more important is the inclusive attitude and unselfish play the entire Lady Mountaineer team has shown in the early season. Andes continued their selfless play this week as four girls reached double-figures in a 66-45 win over Windham.

The opening quarter took shape as a battle between Windham’s tall forward, Crystyn Begley and the entire Andes team. Begley scored Windham’s first 11 points of the game. Andes countered with strong team balance as six Mountaineers scored to give the home team a 22-13 point first quarter lead.

Seven offensive rebounds helped Andes maintain their advantage during the second period. Rachel Andrews scored six points to pace the Mountaineer’s attack. Begley continued to power the Windham offense adding six more points in the second frame with Andes building a 37-23 advantage at the midpoint.

Andes outscored Windham 10-4 in the opening minutes of the second half and were never headed. A Meghan Peck pass to Cheyenne Tait for a lay-up late in the third frame gave Andes their biggest lead at, 54-29, and the Mountaineers coasted the rest of the way.
Begley finished with a game high 21 points for Windham. Hope Egnaczak lead a balanced Andes attack with 14 points. Cheyenne Tait added 13 followed by Rachel Andrews with 12, Meghan Peck with 10, and Jenna Weaver with 8.

Andes dropped their first decision of the year later in the week, 41-27, against Jefferson. Jay-hawk sophomore Chelsea Martin had an impressive outing scoring 20 points for Jefferson.

A much faster pace and Jefferson’s pressing full-court defense unnerved Andes in the early going. Jefferson catapulted to a 12-4 opening period lead that they built of 29-9 by halftime.

Andes scored 8 of the first 10 points in the second half to close the gap to 31-17, but the Lady Mountaineers would get no closer.

Cheyenne Tait continued her strong early season play netting 10 points to guide the Andes offense.