LONGMONT -- With a new coach, a new attitude and a new season, these Trojans seem to be playing good old Longmont girls basketball.

LHS, which suffered through a 5-19 record last season, won its home opener 65-43 over Frederick Monday night to get within one win of the Trojans' 2011-12 victory total for the entire year.

And it's not even mid-December, which makes this Longmont squad bear some resemblance to the LHS teams that went 72-10 in the three seasons from 2008-11.

"I think this is a totally new year," said junior guard Kathryn Schell, who scored a game-high 23 points on Monday. "I feel like we have a different energy this year.

Longmont’s Kathryn Schell drives to the basket during the Trojans’ win against Frederick.
Longmont's Kathryn Schell drives to the basket during the Trojans' win against Frederick. ( Greg Lindstrom )

"The coaching is different. Everyone's attitude is different in the games. We're just more confident out there. Before every game we know we're going to go out there and win instead of last year being timid and like, 'I hope we don't lose by 20.'"

After playing their fifth game in seven nights to start the season, the Trojans own a 4-1 record, including a 4-0 mark against Colorado teams. Frederick dropped to 3-2.

The Warriors held a 19-16 advantage early in the second quarter, but Longmont put together a devastating 33-8 run sandwiched around halftime. During that stretch, Frederick turned the ball over five times and shot 2-for-19 from the field.


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"They made a defensive adjustment and we just didn't get the buckets we needed to get," Frederick coach Roger Dufour said. "And they were able to push the ball up the floor and that was probably the difference."

And it didn't hurt that Longmont had Schell, especially when she went off for 13 points in the third quarter. Schell, who scored 28 in Saturday's victory over Westminster, is part of a set of triplets, with sister Anna (six points Monday) and brother William, a wrestler at Erie.

"We want (Kathryn) to keep shooting because when she catches on she's money from out there" on the perimeter, first-year LHS coach Mike Knaus said. "She's got the green light."

All told, it's a promising start for Longmont, which went to the 4A state championship games in 2010 and 2011 before falling on hard times last season.

"I'm very pleased," Knaus said. "The girls have all bought in and they're all working on getting better. What I like is the effort that I see, which is excellent. Once they learn how to play the way we want them to play, they're going to get a lot better."

Senior Makenzie Urban led the way offensively for Frederick on Monday, scoring 15 points. But as a team, the Warriors managed to make just a dozen field goals for the night.

Longmont will play at Lincoln on Friday, while Frederick hosts Kennedy the same day.

 

 

Longmont 65, Frederick 43

At Longmont HS

FREDERICK (3-2)

Reid 2 0-0 5, Dufour 1 2-3 4, Urban 4 5-8 15, Neu 2 4-6 8, Worley 2 1-4 5, DiGesualdo 0 2-2 2, Haas 0 1-2 1, Sleeth 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 16-27 43.

LONGMONT (4-1)

Fallon 1 1-2 3, La. Haddock 3 3-4 9, Ly. Haddock 1 1-2 3, K. Schell 9 2-3 23, A. Schell 3 0-0 6, Tulenko 1 1-4 3, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Wetterstrom 2 5-10 9, Gaibler 1 1-3 3, McKee 1 0-2 2. Totals 24 14-30 65.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 16 7 6 14 -- 43

Longmont 14 17 18 16 -- 65

3-point field goals -- Frederick (3): Urban 2, Reid; Longmont (3): K. Schell 3. Total fouls -- Frederick 21, Longmont 16. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.