Niwot’s Jane Olsen races down the court with the hoop in sight during the third quarter of their Saturday night game held at Niwot High School.
Niwot's Jane Olsen races down the court with the hoop in sight during the third quarter of their Saturday night game held at Niwot High School. (Kira Horvath/Times-Call)

NIWOT -- When Niwot's Kayla Blick fired a breakaway 3-pointer in the final seconds of a tie game, she put herself on the line.

At the risk of drawing coach Clark Burton's ire, Blick sank the 3-pointer to give the Cougars the lead with 25.5 seconds left, and they held on to win 57-53 over cross-town rival Skyline.

"I usually get in trouble for not going to the basket," Blick said. "But I'm pretty good at that shot so I was like, 'Eh.' Once I shot it, my heart sunk because I knew if I missed, I would have been in trouble. I'm just glad it went in."

The shot was originally called a 2-pointer but was changed to a 3 during a timeout following the basket.

The win snapped a six-game Cougars losing streak. Blick said it was the team's best performance of the season.

"We were starting to lose hope and we were mentally just shutting down because we kept getting killed," Blick said. "Because we won this, we'll be able to go back out on Tuesday when we play Centaurus, we'll have a better mindset."

Sophomore Callie Hensen led the Cougars (3-10) with 16 points and sophomore guard Anna Dunnell scored a season-high 11 points, all in the second half.

"Driving is really my thing and I wanted to focus on that this game and really push to find the well," Dunnell said.

The Falcons (7-7, 3-3 Tri-Valley) led the majority of the game, which was tied seven times. Skyline's Deandra Elcock missed much of the first half with foul trouble but made up for it in the second half.


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Elcock caught fire and scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the final 16 minutes.

"Those fouls were stupid fouls," Elcock said. "I just wanted to let our team know that we should go hard and I wanted to lead the team as an example in the last half."

After Blick's tiebreaking 3-pointer, the Falcons had a shot to tie the game. But they got caught in the corner and turned the ball over.

A made free throw from Hensen gave the Cougars a four-point lead with 8.2 seconds left.

Having won their first game since Dec. 17, Martin said he hopes Saturday's non-conference victory will bolster his team's spirits midway through its Northern Conference season.

"Hopefully this will get us on the right foot for the second half of our conference season," Clark said.

On Tuesday, the Cougars host No. 4 Centaurus (13-1, 6-0 Northern) and the Falcons host Fort Morgan (2-12, 1-5 Tri-Valley).

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

Niwot 57, Skyline 53

At Niwot HS

SKYLINE (7-7)

Spencer 1 0-0 2, Emanuel 0 2-4 2, David 2 0-0 4, Mastriona 0 0-1 0, Elcock 7 4-6 19, A. Curtis 0 0-0 0, Barron 2 1-2 5, C. Curtis 5 2-6 15, Torrez 4 0-0 8. Totals 21 10- 19 53.

NIWOT (3-10)

Hensen 5 6-10 16, Balsley 0 0-0 0, Sarosi 0 0-0 0, Trauner 0 2-2 2, Blick 2 4-5 9, Bishop 3 --2 6, Sigg 0 1-2 1, Olsen 1 0-0 2, Dunnell 5 1-2 11, DiScipio 2 2-4 6, Montgomery 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 18-29 57.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 14 10 11 18 -- 53

Niwot 12 10 12 23 -- 57

3-point field goals -- Skyline (1): Elcock; Niwot (1): Blick. Total fouls -- Skyline 19, Niwot 22. Fouled out -- Torrez, Dunnell. Technical fouls -- None.