BRIGHTON -- Just months ago, Nicole Lehrer was one of many Broomfield players walking around the Colorado School of Mines basketball court shell shocked.
Like the rest of the Eagles, the guard was stunned as her team's bid to capture its sixth-straight Class 4A state title was halted in the quaterfinals. But Wednesday night, the sophomore and the rest of her team wore a much different expression -- one of relief.
After months of stewing over what might have been, the Eagles exploded at Brighton. The team had the game in the bag after the first period and did not stop until tayllying a 78-20 win.
"It was definitely hard ending the streak," Lehrer said. "But coming out here and scoring that many points is a good start to the season."
Lehrer was an important cog in Broomfield's starting off on the right foot. The sophomore finished the night with a game-high 12 points and six steals against Brighton (0-1). And she was a big part of the Eagles (1-0) jumping on top of the Bulldogs right off the bat.
Lehrer fueled her team's 30-point opening period by going a perfect 3 for 3 from the field.
"It was really comfortable start, we were all clicking" she said. "Teamwork wins the game and that's what we had in the first period."
Broomfield coach Mike Croell came into the game with a roster of 14 girls and had nearly everyone of them record a statistic. And with the amount of new faces, the coach was more than comforted.
Croell, however, had a few nits to pick. Mainly, his team's 10-point second period drew his ire.
"I think we went halfway through without a basket," he said. "We've got to develop a killer instinct. That when we get a team down like that that we keep the pressure on."
Even with the lull, the coach believes his team set the right tone on the evening, especially some of his younger players. One he pointed to was Brenna Chase, who behind three 3-point field goals was one of four Eagles to break into double digits.
"She's just a freshman," Croell said. "You can see how good she's going to be when she settles in."
The win might have shook off some of last season's bad memories, but Bri Wilber also said it did more. With a challenging schedule ahead, the point guard believes her team has little time to waste. The sooner they figure out how to win, the better.
"We have (defending 5A state champion) Legacy Saturday, so we want to be playing hard right away," said Wilber, who finished with 11 points.
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Broomfield 78, Brighton 20
At Brighton HS
Kaiser 2 4-8 9, Wilber 4 2-2 11, Croell 5 0-0 10, Stovall 1 2-4 4, Lehrer 6 0-0 12, Chase 4 0-0 11, Rohrbough 2 2-2 7, Fankell 0 0-2 0, Albrecht 1 3-6 5, Hull 3 3-6 9. 28 16-30 78.
Brady 2 0-2 4, Michel 2 0-2 4, Chavez 1 0-0 2, Kaiser 0 2-2 2, Cruz 0 0-2 0, Kremer 0 2-2 2, Sailas 3 0-0 6. Totals 8 4-10 20.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 30 10 22 16 -- 78
Brighton 4 10 2 4 -- 20
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (6): Kaiser, Wilber, Chase 3, Rohrbough. Total fouls -- Broomfield 14, Brighton 21. Fouled out -- Kaiser. Technical fouls -- None.