LONGMONT -- With the postseason on the horizon, the Silver Creek girls basketball team is adamant about avoiding another first-round exit.

In their season finale at Longmont on Friday, the Raptors were looking to find out who they can count on in crunch time. The answer, if this game was any indication, is pretty much everyone.

Four Raptors scored in double figures and the bench played a key role in a 63-56 Class 4A Northern League win, their second this season against the Trojans.

"We know we won't get a super-high seed, but we're definitely ready to work hard," Raptors point guard Margaret Davis said. "After going out in the first round last year, we definitely want to make it farther than that."

Silver Creek’s Emilie Rembert (5) puts up a shot against Longmont defender Sydney Wetterstrom during Friday night’s Raptors victory.
Silver Creek's Emilie Rembert (5) puts up a shot against Longmont defender Sydney Wetterstrom during Friday night's Raptors victory. ( Matthew Jonas )

Silver Creek (14-9, 8-6) had a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but watched as Kathryn Schell-led Longmont wiped it out and tied it 55-55 with 2:30 to play.

But the Raptors got a go-ahead basket from reserve Tess Warner, then Emilie Rembert scored six consecutive points to put the Trojans away. Rembert finished with 17 points while Davis added 16.

"I thought we showed great mental toughness," Silver Creek coach Dan Kloster said. "We did a lot of the things that we talked about at the beginning of the game, like having this attitude where we refuse to lose."

Julie Dauer added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors while Taylor Strub contributed 10 points off the bench in the well-rounded effort.

Longmont, which got 20 points from Kathryn Schell (including four 3-pointers) and 14 more from sister Anna Schell, led 29-27 at the break and had a much better effort than the first meeting. Silver Creek won that one 62-45.

"We had heard that they beat Centaurus, so we knew that they'd stepped their game up," Davis said. "We had to come out and step our game up as well."

Kathryn Schell hit successive jumpers, one a 3, to forge the 55-all tie. But Silver Creek remained poised and finally put the Trojans (13-9, 6-7) away.

"They'd go on runs and we'd go on runs," Kloster said. "It was one of those games that was going to be a donnybrook no matter what. It was a great, in-town rivalry game."

While it marked the final game of the regular season for Silver Creek, Longmont closes against Niwot on Saturday. Postseason seeds will be announced Sunday.

 

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Silver Creek 63, Longmont 56

At Longmont HS

SILVER CREEK (14-9, 8-6)

Davis 4 7-9 16, Rembert 8 1-2 17, Dauer 5 0-0 11, Keil 0 0-0 0, Reed 1 0-0 2, Bishop 1 0-0 2, Strub 4 2-2 10, Warner 1 0-0 2, Ramirez 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 10-13 63.

LONGMONT (13-9, 6-7)

Fallon 2 8-10 12, Wetterstrom 4 0-3 8, K. Schell 7 2-2 20, A. Schell 6 0-3 14, Pane 0 1-2 1, Carney 0 1-2 1, Tulenko 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 12-24 56.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek 17 10 23 13 -- 63

Longmont 20 9 11 16 -- 56

 

3-point field goals -- Silver Creek (3): Davis, Dauer, Ramirez; Longmont (6): K. Schell 4, A Schell 2. Total fouls -- Silver Creek 18, Longmont 12. Fouled out -- A. Schell. Technical fouls -- None.