BROOMFIELD -- After Friday night, when it comes to Northern League play, Broomfield girls basketball is in a class all its own -- undefeated.
The top-ranked Class 4A team dominated the only other squad with a perfect record in conference play, beating No. 10 Thompson Valley 64-34 in Eagles Gym. And while Broomfield coach Mike Croell was pleased with his team's effort and blemish-free run through the league play so far, he is not about to let his guard down.
Broomfield still has to face Greeley Central and Centaurus in its first trip through the league.
"What's the old cliché? We don't want to put the cart before the horse," Croell said. "We're definitely not trying to do that right now."
Croell might be
Broomfield had its way with Thompson Valley (8-4, 3-1) nearly every minute of the game, but it was the team's early play that withered its opposition. The Eagles had a strong opening half scoring, finishing with 38 points. And the team's play on defense helped it build an insurmountable lead.
Broomfield held Thompson Valley to 11 points in the opening 16 minutes and just four in the first period. After such a dominating start, the Eagles could feel the momentum swing their way.
"We did a great job rebounding and forcing turnovers," Broomfield forward Callie Kaiser said. "We also did real well sticking with the ball, getting a lot of second and third shots, while stopping them from getting them."
Kaiser owned the boards for the Eagles in the team's opening salvo, collecting eight of her game-high 10 rebounds in the opening two periods. But it was another post that provided the team's most consistent scoring.
For the second-straight game Stacie Hull made her presence felt in the paint, banging away for her most productive night for the season offensively. The junior finished with 14 points, exploding out of halftime with eight points in the third. But Hull was quick to point out that with 10 girls recording points her success was part of an overall team effort.
"I've got to give it to the guards and wings, they helped me a lot tonight," she said. "They did most of it, I just finished."
Broomfield's frontcourt enjoying a mid-season breakout is a relief to Hull. But the center also pointed out so is the team's status in conference. And with a bit of revenge for last seasons two losses to Centaurus still ripe in Hull's mind, she does not foresee her team letting down in its upcoming games.
"We've been waiting for them for awhile," she said.
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Broomfield 64, Thompson Valley 34
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THOMPSON VALLEY (8-4, 3-1)
Davis 1 0-0 2, Moran 3 1-1 7, Dickens 1 0-0 2, Schoonover 4 2-4 10, Chase 1 2-2 4, Paulsen 1 0-0 2, Baalke 2 3-4 7. Totals 13 8-11 34.
BROOMFIELD (12-1, 4-0)
Kaiser 3 0-0 7, Wilber 4 2-2 11, Croell 2 2-2 6, Stovall 2 0-0 4, Lehrer 4 2-2 10, Chase 1 0-0 2, Rohrbaugh 0 1-2 1, Fankell 1 0-0 2, Albrecht 2 3-4 7, Hull 7 0-0 14. Totals 26 10-12 64.
Score by quarters:
Thompson Valley 4 7 11 12 -- 34
Broomfield 14 24 18 8 -- 64
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (2): Kaiser, Wilbur. Total fouls -- Thompson Valley 13; Broomfield 8. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.