BOULDER — For all the struggles the Silver Creek girls basketball team has endured so far to start the season, the Raptors were still within five points of getting a win on two different occasions.

But in a 54-32 loss against Class 5A Denver East in the first round of the Fairview Festival, it felt to head coach Dan Kloster like the team has come to an early crossroads.

"We've taken away too many opportunities for ourselves when we're throwing the ball around like we did (Tuesday), and it just feels like we're shooting ourselves in the foot," Kloster said after SCHS dropped to 0-3 overall on the season, their worst start in several years. "We have to figure out how to finish plays. It's just a struggle right now that we have to figure out how to overcome."

Everything about Tuesday's contest against the Angels (1-2) felt like an early season encounter without chemistry — and it's been a sour trend the team expects to turn around.

And, having at least 15 wins each of the past four seasons, there's good reason to remain optimistic.

It just might take a little more time, Kloster said.

"I'm watching a different team on the game floor than I am at practice," Kloster said. "I don't know why, but I feel like we can figure it out."

"We really show a lot of potential and it seems like we're playing as a team in practice, then when we get into games we're getting flustered or something," junior Violet Kennedy added. "We're just not quite jelling yet, but we're working on it. We just have to pull through this."


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Jordan Carter scored 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting, but the rest of the team went a combined 4-for-28 from the floor as the Angels got their first win of the season in a stacked tournament.

Combined with 28 turnovers, Silver Creek gave East the opportunity to push the ball up the floor and that cost them in the second half, where the Angels out-scored SCHS 40-19.

Damika Finley-Ponds finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and R'Manie Pulling had 12 points after halftime for East, which won the rebounding battle 34-25.

It doesn't get any easier for Silver Creek, as it will play 5A fourth-ranked Ralston Valley on Thursday. The Mustangs lost to ThunderRidge by a point on Tuesday.

"I feel like (better shooting) is just around the corner and we've been working so hard on it," said Kennedy, who scored two points and had five rebounds.

In other tournament action, Broomfield blazed by Arvada West 56-30 and Fairview beat Palmer 74-59. The host Knights will clash with the Eagles in the second round, also Thursday.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Denver East 54, Silver Creek 32

At Fairview HS

DENVER EAST (1-2)

Carolyn Wakefield 2 5-7 9, Kayondra Reaves 0 2-4 2, Shay Lugman-Williams 2 1-2 6, Nalaya Wall 0 0-0 0, Isabel Ward 1 0-0 2, Shauna Maes-Ortegon 0 0-2 0, R'Manie Pulling 4 2-2 12, Damika Finley-Ponds 7 1-4 15, Niat Geberkidane 4 0-0 8. Totals 20 11-21 54.

SILVER CREEK (0-3)

Ana Gordo-Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Heidi Stauss 0 1-2 1, Violet Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Megan Harris 1 1-2 3, Jordan Carter 10 1-2 22, Erin Kloster 1 0-0 2, Maddie Kim 0 0-1 0, Lily Kasper 0 0-0 0, Kayla Noble 0 0-0 0, Tianna Chandler 1 0-1 2. Totals 14 3-8 32.

Score by quarters:

Denver East 7 7 23 17 — 54

Silver Creek 4 9 9 10 — 32

3-point field goals — Denver East (3): Pulling 2, Lugman-Williams 1; Silver Creek (1): Carter. Total fouls — Denver East 17; Silver Creek 20. Fouled out — Finley-Ponds.

Fairview 74, Palmer 59

At Fairview HS

FAIRVIEW (4-0)

Annie Kuosman 0 2-2 2, Tati Sobolik 2 0-0 5, Lailah Safi 2 0-0 4, Denali Pinto 7 2-4 17, Kate O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Sarah Gordon 5 0-0 10, Meadbh Koenigsberg 0 1-2 1, Sruthi Raguveer 1 0-0 2, Ashley Panem 5 1-5 13, Logan Tidstrom 2 0-0 4, Grace O'Neill 5 1-2 12, Kelsey Webster 2 0-0 4. Totals 31 7-15 74

Score by quarters:

Palmer 20 19 9 9 — 57

Fairview 27 10 17 20 — 74

3-point field goals — Fairview (5): Panem 2, G. O'Neill, Pinto, Sobolik.