FREDERICK -- Knowing that Wheat Ridge had played four games in the last seven days, the Frederick boys basketball team wanted to attack the Farmers' weary legs early on Friday night.
Senior guard Christian Martinez led the Warriors' charge, scoring seven of his game-high 13 points in the first quarter of his team's 64-36 win.
"I knew I had to get up and down the court and try to outwork my defender," Martinez said. "We came out with a lot of energy."
Eight days had passed since the Warriors' emotional season-opening win over Poudre. It was a great win, but Martinez, who scored just five points and shot 1 for 10 from the field in the opener, left the court only half pleased after teammate Lucas Adams hit the game-winning 3-pointer.
The Warriors guard had plenty of time to outline the second chapter of his senior season and made sure it was a good one when the ball went up.
"I came in with a lot more confidence than the first game," Martinez said. "It felt good tonight."
Behind Martinez's aggressiveness, the Warriors (2-0) jumped out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter. They led 45-17 by half and were up as many as 35 points in the third quarter.
Senior leaders Lucas Adams and forward Ryan Miller each gave the Warriors another balanced effort. Adams, the point guard, notched nine points, four assists and four steals. Miller, who handled the ball quite a bit on the fast break, had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Warriors also had the advantage in the post, outrebounding the Farmers 36-28. Senior forward Joe Wise led with 10 rebounds and junior Alex Therrien had seven.
"They're tough. They played good defense but we were pretty good, too," said senior forward Jayden McGraw, who finished with 11 points in the post.
Defensively, the Warriors could be aggressive on the ball since the Farmers made only nine of their 31 free throw attempts. The Warriors forced 21 Farmers turnovers and ran the fast break effectively for transition baskets and free throws against weary legs.
"I'm glad I don't have the schedule they've had in the last week," Frederick coach Larry Frank said. "We knew they could be tired and we could possibly exploit that if we got the tempo up. We hoped we would wear them down and they seemed a little bit tired even though they go 10 deep."
With a big lead and some different players on the floor, Frank said his team's play turned a little sloppy in the second half. He said they won't get away with that when they face perennial 4A playoff participant Longmont (1-0) on Monday.
"We've really never competed with them, as far as I know," Frank said. "This is my ninth year and I think we've played them three or four times and we've never done a very good job. But we've got a team that can compete with them. But they're one of the best-coached teams in the state and we'll need to come out with our A-game on Monday."
Monday's meeting will be the first time the two nearby teams have played since the Trojans trounced the Warriors 75-29 in 2010.
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Frederick 64, Wheat Ridge 36
At Frederick HS
WHEAT RIDGE (0-5)
McGinnis 0 0-0 0, Brockman 1 0-2 2, Harris 1 0-0 2, Kubasta 1 1-4 3, Girtin 1 1-2 4, Pryzbylo 2 1-4 5, Padilla 1 1-2 3, Garcia 1 1-2 4, Miller 1 0-2 2, Jones 0 1-7 1, Hackethal 2 0-0 5, Trejo 0 1-2 1, Allen 1 2-4 2. Totals 12 9-31 36.
Burgess 1 0-3 3, Adams 2 5-7 9, Yancy 0 0-0 0, McGraw 4 3-3 11, Kolanowski 0 0-2 0, Rivera 1 0-0 2, Wise 2 2-6 6, Therrien 2 1-3 6, Dufour 1 0-0 2, Martinez 3 6-7 13, Gomez 0 2-2 2,Miller 4 2-2 10. Totals 20 21-35 64.
Score by quarters:
Wheat Ridge 8 9 10 9 -- 36
Frederick 23 22 14 5 -- 64
3-point field goals -- Wheat Ridge (3): Girtin, Garcia, Hackethal; Frederick (3): Burgess, Martinez, Therrien. Total fouls -- Wheat Ridge 26, Frederick 21. Fouled out -- Wise. Technical fouls -- Wheat Ridge coach, Allen, McGraw.