LAFAYETTE -- The Peak to Peak girls basketball team has lost three games in the year 2013. Each time, the Pumas have fallen to a team ranked in the top five of its respective classification.
On Wednesday night at home, the Pumas fell 59-28 to the visiting Lutheran Lions, ranked second in Class 2A by the latest Denver Post coaches poll.
Wednesday's loss followed a rough Metro League loss to 3A fourth-ranked Holy Family last Friday, during which the Pumas were outscored 26-5 after leading to start the fourth quarter. They had won three straight and five of their last six, including a loss to top-ranked Denver Science and Tech, before that.
"We aren't where we want to be right now and that wasn't how we wanted to play," Pumas senior Ivy DeVries said Wednesday. "Like my coach said, it was a learning lesson and to learn from Lutheran. They were constantly working hard and that's the kind of team that we want to be."
Starting out well, the Pumas (8-6, 3-2) trailed just 12-7 after the first quarter. But the Lions (12-0, 6-0) went to a full-court trapping press, which DeVries said was the Pumas' biggest issue, and outscored the Pumas 21-2 in the second quarter.
Early on, Pumas head coach Chad Rathbun said the Pumas executed their strategy, which was to get the ball down low to DeVries (12.0 points per game) and junior forward Annette Warner (9.6 ppg).
"We came out hard but throughout the game we didn't play well as a team and we were losing energy," Warner said. "They stayed consistent throughout the whole game so we dropped. Their shots were definitely falling and we kept not getting our hands up to try to block or distract them."
Warner led the Pumas with 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals. DeVries (five rebounds) and sophomore Katharine Kia each added six points while sophomore guard Brianna Wetmore had five rebounds.
The Pumas, who made the 3A Sweet 16 last season, will look to rebound after a pair of tough conference losses and it won't be easy with Kent Denver and Bishop Machebeuf on the schedule next week.
But Rathbun said they're getting back to full strength after several early-season injuries and feel like they are starting to jell, which has them feeling they can compete with any team if they play their game.
"This is good for us," Rathbun said. "Come tournament time, you want to have played this type of competition."
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Lutheran 59, Peak to Peak 28
At Peak to Peak HS
LUTHERAN (12-0, 6-0)
Kyle 2 0-0 5, Farra 6 0-0 14, J. Vigil 4 2-2 12, Sturns 2 0-0 4, Dettmering 2 0-1 4, Barone 0 0-0 0, Sauceda 0 0-0 0, Loptien 0 0-0 0, K. Vigil 5 0-0 10, Rickey 2 0-0 4, Cattau 3 0-1 6. Totals 26 2-4 59.
PEAK TO PEAK (8-6, 3-2)
Wetmore 1 0-0 2, Kia 2 0-0 6, Hazzard 0 0-0 0, Warner 5 2-5 12, DeVries 2 2-2 6, Colgate 0 0-0 0, Martinez 1 0-0 2, Callaway 0 0-3 0. Totals 11 4-10 28.
Score by quarters:
Lutheran 12 21 8 18 -- 59
Peak to Peak 7 2 9 9 -- 28
3-point field goals -- Lutheran (5): Farra 2, J. Vigil 2, Kyle; Peak to Peak (2): Kia 2. Total fouls -- Lutheran 13, Peak to Peak 13. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.