LONGMONT -- Longmont shooting guard Kathryn Schell normally draws quite a bit of defensive attention from the Trojans' opponents -- and for good reason.
When left or if she gets loose, the Trojans junior can put up big points in a hurry from behind the 3-point line. The Skyline Falcons found that out early during a 58-32 Trojans victory on Saturday night.
"I felt really confident. They were leaving me open and whenever they do that, I have the green light to shoot it whenever I want," Schell said. "I just have a lot of confidence from the 3. Usually teams box-and-one me but they didn't."
Opening the game 3 for 3 from long range, Schell hit three of her four total triples in the first quarter to help the Trojans (11-7, 4-5 Northern Conference) outscore the visiting Falcons 17-6 in the first frame.
The Trojans, who led 28-18 at halftime, also outscored the Falcons 17-4 in the fourth quarter. Overall, Schell said the Trojans' shot selection was better than the Falcons'.
"They kind of just attacked and threw up shots," Schell said. "We really moved the ball, ran it up the court and pushed it. Since the beginning of the season, we're starting to play more as a team."
Falcons head coach Tina Skidmore said the Falcons (9-11, 3-8 Tri-Valley League) were running a 2-3 zone and were supposed to get out specifically on Schell at the perimeter. But they were a step too slow, particularly in the first quarter during which Skidmore said they came out flat.
The Trojans are now 3-1 in their last four games with their sole loss coming to the top-ranked conference rival Broomfield Eagles (18-1, 10-0 4A Northern).
As they move into the second half of their Northern Conference schedule, Schell said the Trojans will look to improve on narrow losses. On Tuesday, they will play in Lafayette against the Centaurus Warriors, who beat them 41-36 in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 18. The following Tuesday, they will host the 10th-ranked Thompson Valley Eagles, who beat them 35-31 on Jan. 25.
"We need to get a couple wins against those teams that we just barely lost to," Schell said.
Freshman forward Sydney Wetterstrom, who is averaging 13.4 points over the Trojans' past five games, added 15 points for the Trojans.
It was the tenth game the Trojans held their opponent under 40 points this season. When they do, they are 9-1.
"On defense, we were playing with great help and always communicating," Trojans senior forward Ella Fallon said. "That was a really big part of our success. We ran our press, which was giving us more energy and intensity. We were getting tons of steals and tips and we were turning those into points at the other end."
Senior Deandra Elcock led the Falcons with 10 points, sophomore center Naomi Barron scored six and junior guard Carrissa Curtis scored five.
The Falcons have now lost four of their last five games. Skidmore said she felt like the Falcons outplayed the Trojans in the second and third quarters on Saturday night but the deficit after the first was too much to overcome. And trying to come back in the fourth proved too difficult.
"I think we played really hard," Skidmore said. "It was one of our better efforts but we just came up a little short."
The Falcons will get back to Tri-Valley League action Tuesday when they host Roosevelt (9-11, 6-5 Tri-Valley).
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Longmont 58, Skyline 32
At Longmont HS
SKYLINE (9-11, 3-8)
Spencer 1 1-2 4, A. Curtis 0 0-0 0, Emanuel 0 3-6 3, David 0 0-0 0, Steed 0 0-1 0, Elcock 3 3-3 10, Barron 3 0-0 6, Robison 1 2-2 4, C. Curtis 2 1-3 5. Totals 10 10-17 32.
LONGMONT (11-7, 4-5)
Fallon 1 1-2 3, Carney 1 3-8 5, Wetterstrom 4 7-9 15, Gaibler 1 1-2 3, K. Schell 5 4-4 18, A. Schell 2 0-1 4, Tulenko 1 0-0 2, Pane 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 16-26 58.
Score by quarters:
Skyline 6 12 10 4 -- 32
Longmont 17 11 13 17 -- 58
3-point field goals -- Skyline (2): Spencer, Elcock; Longmont (4): K. Schell 4. Total fouls -- Skyline 23, Longmont 18. Fouled out -- Fallon. Technical fouls -- None.