LONGMONT — Longmont junior Luke Johnson may have found another hot spot on Tuesday night.

Already averaging over 17 points per contest this season, finding another zone to strike heavy from might just be what helps the Trojans back on top of the Northern League.

Facing Niwot in a home game, Johnson had deadly aim from the top of the arc — nailing five 3-pointers from almost the exact same spot on the floor on his way to 19 total points in LHS' 57-41 victory that put them 2-0 in league play.

Longmont hit eight 3-pointers overall, hitting five of its first seven attempts over the first half, and jumped out to a big lead that it was able to keep thanks to good inside play and by committing just six turnovers.

"They wouldn't guard it, so we just kept taking it," said Johnson, who also saw teammate Caden Dion pitch in 15 points with some savvy dribble-drives. "I'm proud of how we played.

"We stress (ball-handling) in practice and coach (Jeff) Kloster is always telling us that we need to keep it under 12 (turnovers) every game. Tonight we did really good with that."

The Trojans haven't shot well from the perimeter so far this season, and Johnson came into Tuesday's play with a 29 percent clip from there. But with some good ball movement, the shots were certainly open on Tuesday.

More importantly, the Trojans were selective of when to take them. They recognized the hot hands to open up a 9-0 lead in just the first couple minutes of play, and then started to penetrate a little more as Niwot's defense spread out. By halftime it was 27-14 LHS.


Niwot's Thomas Bounds heated up in the second half on his way to 19 points, but the Cougars only had one stretch early in the third quarter where they got a good run to cut the lead to as little as eight points. Turnovers were a costly problem throughout, though, as NHS had 24 miscues.

In the fourth quarter Longmont pulled away by working the paint, making 6 of 9 field goals to go along with 13 free throw attempts.

Longmont’s Oakley Dehning, right, reacts to a call after getting tangled up with Niwot’s Carter Osteen Tuesday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more
Longmont's Oakley Dehning, right, reacts to a call after getting tangled up with Niwot's Carter Osteen Tuesday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

"We've been struggling shooting at the beginning of the season but overall tonight I think it just came together and we passed the ball well," Johnson said. "Our ultimate goal in a conference championship and I think we can do that. We know all these teams pretty well and we're going to fight hard."

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Longmont 57, Niwot 41

At Longmont HS

NIWOT (5-6, 1-1)

Barber 2 1-3 7, Kolakowski 2 2-4 7, Sims 2 0-0 6, Bounds 7 2-2 19, Osteen 0 0-0 0, Radatz 0 0-0 0, Helgeland 0 0-2 0, Falk 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Towlen 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-11 41.

LONGMONT (5-3, 2-0)

Johnson 6 2-4 19, Mugunga 2 4-8 8, Dye 1 0-0 3, Dehning 1 0-1 2, Dion 6 2-4 15, Page 1 0-0 3, Mossiness 2 2-2 6, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Fixmer 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 11-21 57.

Score by quarters:

Niwot 5 9 12 15 — 41

Longmont 11 16 11 19 — 57

3-point field goals — Niwot (8): Bounds 3, Sims 2, Barber 2, Kolakowski; Longmont (8): Johnson 5, Fouled out — Dehning.