Abi Snyder powers Rocky Ford girls basketball, including in comeback win over Swink

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
Rocky Ford High School's Abigail Snyder (11) makes a move past Swink's Jolie Bond (23) in Tuesday's game in Swink. Snyder scored 19 points as the Meloneers defeated the Lions 43-31.

The Class 2A, fourth-ranked Rocky Ford High School girls basketball team got off to a slow start in its game against Swink Tuesday at the Lions Den as the Meloneers trailed 8-2 at the end of the first quarter.

"We have a bull's-eye on our chest everywhere we go," Meloneers coach Mark Henson said. "When you carry an undefeated record and when you carry what we did last year, teams are going to be gunning for you and they're going to play their best. Swink brought it (Tuesday night) and they brought it very well. But we got it together and kept our composure and took care of the game."

Then two-time All-State performer Abigail Snyder took over. She scored 19 points, with 13 coming in the second half, to lead the Meloneers to a 43-31 win.

"I think we weren't quite focused as we should be," Snyder said. "We brought the energy at the wrong time and we just need to start out quicker next time and be more prepared."

"It was just a matter of time before she got warmed up and does her thing," Henson said. "She's an awesome basketball player. That's all there is to it."

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Snyder scored six points in the second quarter, eight in the third and five in the fourth to engineer the comeback victory.

"I just knew that the team was depending on me to get the score going and get us rolling," Snyder said. "So I tried my best to get us going."

Rocky was also sitting at No. 2 in the RPI as of Wednesday morning.

Snyder is averaging 18.7 points, 5.8 rebound, 3.3 assists and 4.7 steals so far this season.

The win helped the Meloneers stay undefeated in seven games so far this season.

"Every game counts, so we're just taking it one game at a time, and trying to make it to the state level this year," Snyder said. "Hopefully, this will be our year."

Rocky Ford will first have to get through the rest of this year before thinking about the state playoffs. That includes a big matchup at No. 2 Rye on Feb. 26.

Snyder believes that the Meloneers can defeat the Thunderbolts this season.

"I think we're ready," Snyder said. "We're working every day really hard in practice. So it will be a good game."

Rocky Ford boys hoops downs Swink

Rocky Ford secured the sweep of the boys/girls doubleheader as the Meloneer boys team defeated Swink 50-30.

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Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com.