LONGMONT -- Naomi Barron is always ready and willing to clean things up for the Skyline girls basketball team.

In the Falcons' first home game of the season, Barron dominated the paint and the glass to lead her team to a 50-35 win over Niwot. The 5-foot-11 sophomore center finished with 12 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks.

"When my team needs to put up shots, they know that I've got their back to get the rebounds," Barron said. "That's my job. Most of my shots are put-backs so I try my hardest down there."

The Falcons led by just one point after the first quarter but they outscored the Cougars 14-4 in the second to widen the gap. As the game went on, the Falcons continued to tighten their hold on the game.

Skyline’s Kaylee Spencer, right, battles with Niwot’s Jaelyn Larson for the ball in the second quarter of the Falcons’ victory on
Skyline's Kaylee Spencer, right, battles with Niwot's Jaelyn Larson for the ball in the second quarter of the Falcons' victory on Saturday night. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)

Barron said the Falcons just finished their "Seven days of pain," a rigorous week-long training program. As a result, Barron said the Falcons were one step ahead of the Cougars.

"We were good. We were not winded," Barron said. "We're in good shape. In the fourth quarter, when Niwot was winded, we were hustling and beating them to loose balls."

Junior guard Kaylee Spencer chipped in with a solid night of her own, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Junior Carrissa Curtis and senior Kylie Emanuel each added seven points.

While the win evened the Falcons' record at 2-2, the Cougars dropped to 2-5.

Senior Anessa Calvert did her best to lead a Cougars comeback. Coming off the bench, she scored all of her team-high seven points in the third quarter.


"We played really well as a team," said Calvert, who also said it might have been the Cougars' best game yet. "I got really pumped up with my team. We really fire each other up and we had good energy tonight."

The Cougars will not play again until the face Frederick (4-2) on Jan. 4.

Before they can go on vacation, the Falcons will have a tough test in Silver Creek (3-2) at home on Dec. 18.

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Skyline 50, Niwot 35

At Skyline HS

NIWOT (2-5)

Montgomery 2 1-2 5, Hensen 0 1-2 1, Yie 2 0-0 4, Sarosi 1 0-2 2, Larson 1 1-2 3, Calvert 3 1-3 7, Sigg 2 1-2 5, Enriquez 0 0-0 0, Pilewskie 1 0-0 2, Dunnell 1 2-2 4, DiScipio 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 7-13 35.


Zamora 0 0-0 0, Spencer 5 2-2 12, A. Curtis 1 0-0 2, Emanuel 2 3-8 7, David 0 0-0 0, Steed 0 0-0 0, Elcock 4 1-2 10, Barron 4 4-8 12, Robison 0 0-0 0, Zenia Quintana 0 0-0 0, C. Curtis 3 0-2 7. Totals 19 10-22 50.

Score by quarters:

Niwot 9 4 11 11 -- 35

Skyline 10 14 12 14 -- 50

3-point field goals -- Niwot (0): None; Skyline (2): Elcock, C. Curtis. Total fouls -- Niwot 15, Skyline 20. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.