BOULDER -- The Boulder girls basketball team has proven plenty of times this season that it can out-gun opponents on the offensive end.

On Tuesday, the Panthers proved they can win with defense, too.

BHS held Front Range League rival Monarch to just 10 points in the second half to pull away for a 47-33 home victory.

"Monarch is probably the best defensive team in the league, so you have to play D because you know they're going to," Boulder coach Ron Burgin said.

The Panthers victory avenged a 65-61 loss to Monarch last month. The win also marked Boulder's first over the Coyotes since BHS joined the Front Range League in 2008, and pulled the Panthers into a three-way tie for sixth place in the conference with MHS and Fairview.

"It feels so good to finally beat Monarch," said BHS junior guard Jacque Szarmach, who led the Panthers with 13 points.

Boulder (12-8, 7-6), which had lost two games in a row, held Monarch to a 12-for-53 shooting night. More impressively, the Panthers held Monarch to just three points in the second half until Francesca Cendali's layup with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go in the game snapped the Coyotes out of their funk.

By then, the Panthers led by 16 and had essentially put the game out of reach.

The Coyotes (11-9, 7-6) had their own solid night defensively as Boulder shot just 14 of 45 from the field. BHS leading scorer Lena Jaycox, who came in averaging more than 19 points per game and had 25 vs. Monarch in January, scored just 10 Tuesday.


Monarch finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run to pull with 26-23 at halftime. But Boulder held the Coyotes scoreless for the first 31/2 minutes of the third quarter and then for another stretch of 7:53 that extended late into the game.

Monarch leading scorer Raegan Rohn finished with 16 points, though five came in the final 1:46.

"That was a goal," MHS coach Chris Lewis said of shutting down Jaycox. "Our defense was pretty solid. We just couldn't buy a shot tonight.

"We made a good run at the end of the second quarter. It just deflated our team in the second half when shots weren't falling."

Boulder was playing without rebound machine Courtney Van Bussum (concussion) for the second game in a row. But the Panthers out-rebounded Monarch 36-26 anyway, with Maddie Gates leading the way with seven and April Dawson and Szarmach recording six each.

Dawson in particular played an increased roll in Van Bussum's absence. Despite scoring no points, she provided a solid presence inside for much of the night.

"We needed a huge game from April and she came through," Burgin said. "She rebounded and played defense. ... Big, big game for April."

Burgin said part of Jaycox's down scoring night stemmed from the fact that the coach had asked his point guard to start trying to distribute the ball more than normal as teams key their defenses on her.

In addition to Szarmach's 13 points, Mariah Alexander and Sarah Burns added nine apiece for BHS.

"We're really focused on playing team basketball," Szarmach said. "If we get others open, ours will come. That's our saying now."


Boulder High honored cross country coach Monique Guidry with a halftime ceremony. Guidry resigned in November after 17 years leading the Panthers harriers.

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Boulder 47, Monarch 33

At Boulder HS

MONARCH (11-9, 7-6)

Dietz 3 1-2 8, Stimac 0 0-0 0, Rohn 6 2-5 16, Keatley 0 0-0 0, Anthony 2 1-1 5, Cendali 1 0-1 2, Mendicino 0 2-2 2, Eisler 0 0-0 0, O'Flannigan 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-11 33.

BOULDER (12-8, 7-6)

Gregorich 2 2-2 6, Burns 3 2-2 9, Aschbacher 0 0-0 0, Gates 0 0-0 0, Dawson 0 0-0 0, Alexander 4 1-2 9, Jaycox 1 7-9 10, Szarmach 4 4-5 13. Totals 4 4-5 13.

Score by quarters:

Monarch 8 15 3 7 -- 33

Boulder 10 16 7 14 -- 47

3-point field goals -- Monarch (3): Rohn 2, Dietz; Boulder (3): Szarmach, Jaycox, Burns. Total fouls -- Monarch 17, Boulder 14. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.