LONGMONT — Had Silver Creek's "Silent Night" event — where the crowd doesn't make a noise until the home team scores 10 points — been in place during the girls basketball game on Friday against Skyline as it was in the boys' game later in the evening the Raptors' student section would have had to contain themselves for quite a long time at the Silver Creek gym.
However, a solid second quarter for the hosts in which the Raptors were able to break out and finish buckets finally got them past that traditional 10-point threshold and on their way to a 65-19 non-league win.
Kayla Noble led Silver Creek with 21 points, while Violet Kennedy and Erin Kloster also had breakout games to get their team to 3-5 on the season.
"When we set our minds to things and just get going, we really play well and work together, but it's just been kind of hard for us to mesh early this season," said Kloster, who finished with a season most 12 points including seven in the second frame. "I think things are starting to work better for us."
Even with Jordan Carter in foul trouble early, the Raptors had no problems getting past a Falcons team that struggled mightily to hit shots. But the Raptors were able to do what they do best — anticipating rebounds and turnovers and finding runners streaking to the other end.
Both teams came out sluggish, as Silver Creek mustered just six points and Skyline went without a field goal the whole first quarter.
The Raptors out-paced Skyline 29-8 in the second quarter, thanks to a hot start in which they made four straight baskets at the front end of the frame. In addition to Kloster's seven points, Kennedy had six of her eight points and Noble had six points, as well.
Kylie Earhart came off the bench to add a spark for Skyline, finishing with five points to lead the team along with Bella Garcia.
"We continue working on fundamentals and working hard for 32 minutes, and if we do that we let the chips fall where they may," Skyline coach Gerald Macon said. "We aren't devoid of talent. Kylie and some of those other girls coming up and playing well, it gives us some hope that if we work we can turn the corner. We're not going to give up."
Silver Creek 65, Skyline 19
At Silver Creek HS
Leah Osborn 1 2-7 4, Rachel Kissinger 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Robison 0 1-4 1, Jeuriye Lopez 0 0-0 0, Johanna Aguilar 0 0-0 0, Bella Garcia 2 1-5 5, Vanessa Villereal 1 0-0 2, Kylie Earhart 2 1-3 5, Bailey Emanuel 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 5-19 19.
SILVER CREEK (3-5)
Ana Gordo-Hernandez 0 0-2 0, Violet Kennedy 4 0-0 8, Megan Harris 2 2-4 6, Jordan Carter 3 1-2 7, Erin Kloster 4 4-9 12, Maddie Kim 1 1-4 3, Lily Kasper 1 1-2 3, Kayla Noble 9 2-3 21, Tianna Chandler 0 1-2 1, Parker Nicholas 0 0-1 0, Liz Salmeron 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 12-27 65.
Score by quarters:Skyline 1 8 2 8 — 19
Silver Creek 6 29 15 15 — 65
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (1): Noble.