Whether trends were established in Week 1 of girls basketball or if a lot of it is just a mirage, there were no shortage of surprises as hoops season opened up last week.
A few observations, class by class:
Class 1A: Shining Mountain's Rosie Gershman powered her way to 15 points, five rebounds and six steals in the Lions' rebound win against Lake County. The point total tied a career best.
Class 2A: Good stuff here as Lyons is 2-1 behind a Taylor Christiansen, who notched a triple-double in a victory over Estes Park with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 14 steals. Twin Peaks Charter School won its first game as a CHSAA sanctioned squad, beating Windsor Charter 21-17 on Opening Night. Torrey Dawson had six points, 10 rebounds and five steals in the history-making victory.
Class 3A: A traditionally strong Peak to Peak team is off to an 0-3 start averaging just 23 points a game so far. They did the same thing last year and managed to reach 9-13, so we'll see if the Pumas can find answers soon.
Class 4A: While the overall record of 12-7 for our 4A teams doesn't stand out, it's who has the wins that does. Centaurus is 3-0 and Niwot is 2-0 and those are teams that have not started well recently.
The Warriors have three girls averaging double figures (Helen Gover, Linsi Calvo, Brooke Jones) and are running up 63 points a game. Alyssa Jenkins is off to a fantastic start for the Cougars, too.
Meanwhile, Silver Creek is 0-2 with just 35 points a game scored. The Raptors have the potential to get going again, but it is quite shocking to see the low offensive numbers from a run-and-gun type team.
Class 5A: Fairview is looking good at 3-0, buoyed by smart play and teamwork. The Knights are averaging 17 assists and 16 steals a game, giving a smaller lineup a chance to succeed.
Broomfield is definitely not the same team without Brenna Fankell, so it'll be interesting to see how they fare while she is on the mend. They certainly weren't at their best against ThunderRidge on the Grizzlies' home floor Saturday. On the positive side, Delaynie Byrne has had a nice start for the Eagles.
Monarch and Legacy also are cold as ice right now, and that's a big shocker. The Coyotes' loss to Loveland raised the eyebrows, but then they lost to Rampart only scoring 37 points. Legacy is missing Courtney Smith and Bree Paulson dearly — the Lightning have scored just 38 points a game in going 0-2.