LONGMONT -- The Frederick High boys basketball team had just gone on a 14-2 run, and Silver Creek was in deep foul trouble.
And yet SCHS was still within striking distance entering halftime in Friday night's St. Vrain Valley School District rivalry game.
But any thoughts the Raptors might have entertained of rallying on their home floor were quickly flattened by Ryan Miller and Alex Therrien. The two Warriors combined for 19 points in the third quarter as FHS rolled to a 69-36 rout.
Coming off of a home loss to Longmont on Monday, Frederick (3-1) dominated for most of the game with pressure defense and a balanced attack on the offensive end.
"(The Longmont loss) really ticked us off and gave us motivation," Therrien said.
Therrien, a 6-foot-3 guard, came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points to lead all scorers, draining four 3-pointers in the process.
After Miller started the third quarter with seven points during Frederick's 9-0 surge to make it 40-19, Therrien scored 12 straight for the Warriors to close the third quarter as they pushed their lead to 54-29.
"I definitely didn't create all those shots," Therrien said. "We shared the ball real good. That got me most of my looks."
Miller finished with 16 points and five rebounds for the Warriors. Christian Martinez scored eight points, and Joe Wise tallied seven.
Frederick's usual leading scorer, point guard Lucas Adams, scored just five points. But coach Larry Frank said he knew Therrien and the Warriors were due for an all-around effort shooting the ball.
"We knew we were capable," Frank said. "When (Therrien) has confidence he's one of our best shooters in the program. He stepped up tonight."
Silver Creek (3-1) led 8-4 early. But Frederick, mixing multiple zone defenses along with man-to-man, gave the Raptors fits all night.
SCHS shot just 13 for 64 from the field.
Already shorthanded with the illnesses of point guard Eric Machmuller and Tyrone White, the Raptors had three starters go into halftime with three fouls apiece. The bigger issue, though, was the tough shooting night.
"We needed to make some shots," SCHS coach Bob Banning said.
Luke Goforth scored 14 points for SCHS, but no other Raptor mustered more than Josh Tarin's five.
"I don't want to make excuses," Banning said. "But when you don't have the leadership on the floor and they break you down, it hurts you.
"I thought (Frederick) played very well and played with a lot of passion."
Silver Creek has no time to sulk. The Raptors have another rivalry game at Skyline on Tuesday.
Frederick, meanwhile, faces a tough slate next week at the Prairie View tournament, including a first-round game against Class 5A Monarch. But the Warriors walked off the court Friday night brimming with confidence.
"We can compete with anybody when we shoot like that (and defend)," Frank said. "Monarch's going to be a tough test."
Frederick 69, Silver Creek 36
At Silver Creek HS
Burgess 0 0-0 0, Adams 1 3-7 5, McGraw 3 0-0 6, Rivera 1 0-0 3, Wise 2 3-3 7, Therrien 8 2-2 22, Martinez 2 3-4 8, Gomez 0 0-0 0, Miller 6 4-5 16, Broz 0 0-0 0, Dufour 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 15-21 69.
SILVER CREEK (3-1)
Lindsey 0 1-2 1, Fleming 2 0-0 4, Wright 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Grine 0 0-0 0, Goforth 4 6-7 14, Campbell 2 0-0 4, Tarin 2 1-2 5, Echevarria 1 0-0 2, Sjobakken 0 0-0 0, Rembert 0 2-3 2. Totals 13 10-14 36.
Scor e by quarters:
Frederick 13 18 23 15 -- 69
Silver Creek 8 11 10 7 -- 36
3-point field goals -- Frederick (6): Therrien 4, Rivera, Martinez; Silver Creek (0). Total fouls -- Frederick 20, Silver Creek 21. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.