LONGMONT -- Alexander Dawson's Lindsey Gallop is still a freshman so she has plenty of future games during which she could have a dominating breakout performance. But with time still on her side Monday night, Gallop got tired of waiting.
Gallop finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Mustangs (8-9, 4-4 2A Mile High League) a 38-33 win over Longmont Christian. In close games like Monday's, timing can be everything. Gallop's timing was impeccable.
The Mustangs' 5-foot-11 freshman paced her team to an early lead with seven first-quarter points. After going scoreless in the second quarter, she opened the second half with five straight for her team to preserve a one-point lead.
When the Warriors (2-13, 1-5) pulled within one point with two minutes left to threaten the Mustangs' victory, Gallop scored her teams' final five points to seal it.
"I guess you always sort of feel like you have to step it up for your teammates and be there for them," said Gallop, who also said she fed off her teammates' confidence in her. "I really wanted to win and I guess I sort of took over."
Gallop's freshman takeover came at a good time for the Mustangs, as well.
February has not been kind to Alexander Dawson, who had lost its last three games since ending January on a four game win streak. Their last win came against the Warriors on Jan. 29, a game sophomore leading scorer Fiona Bell (11.7 point per game) led with 14 points.
In Monday's rematch, Bell scored seven points. Nicole Towner finished with six points and 14 rebounds. Rachel Clair had three points and five steals.
Sophomore Morgan Powers said the Mustangs wanted to push the ball quickly down the court to get transition baskets. With only two games left, Powers said the Mustangs were happy to snap their current winless streak with enough time remaining to end the regular season on a more positive note.
"We had a tough game today but we're glad we pulled it off," Powers said. "We've only got a few games left so it was good for us to get this one. You always want wins and you'll take them any way you can get them."
The Warriors' last win was a 43-20 victory over Nederland on Jan. 18.
Junior guard Ashley Jauregui paced the Warriors' offense with eight points and Mary Dean hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points.
Sophomore Allison Cochran, who scored seven points, said the Warriors have been working more on improving their skills than their win-loss record. But, she said, they were proud of the way they made it close at the end.
"It's because we pulled together as a team and worked together," Cochran said. "In close games, it's more about depending on your teammates and knowing that you have each other's backs."
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Alexander Dawson 38, Longmont Christian 33
At Memorial Gym in Longmont
ALEXANDER DAWSON (8-9, 4-4)
Powers 2 0-0 4, Desai 0 0-0 0, Barrett 0 0-0 0, Gallop 7 4-8 18, Towner 3 0-0 6, Clair 1 0-3 3, Bell 2 3-6 7. Totals 15 7-17 38.
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN (2-13, 1-5)
A. Stair 1 1-2 3, Jauregui 3 2-5 8, Dean 2 0-0 6, Rusco 2 0-0 4, E. Stair 0 0-0 0, Ehr 2 0-0 5, Cochran 3 1-1. Totals 13 4-8 33.
Score by quarters:
Alexander Dawson 12 7 9 10 -- 38
Longmont Christian 8 8 8 9 -- 33
3-point field goals -- Alexander Dawson (1): Clair; Longmont Christian (3): Dean 2, Ehr. Total fouls -- Alexander Dawson 8, Longmont Christian 17. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- Longmont Christian coach.