Longmont’s Madi Gaibler puts up a shot while being defended by Niwot’s Rosie Setter Tuesday. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.
Longmont's Madi Gaibler puts up a shot while being defended by Niwot's Rosie Setter Tuesday. More photos: BoCoPreps.com. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

NIWOT — Who knows what Longmont guard Madi Gaibler asked for on Tuesday, her 18th birthday.

Whether she was secretly hoping for it or not,what Gaibler got was one heck of a stat line at the end of her Trojans' 61-40 win over Niwot on Tuesday night.

"I think that was a birthday present," Gaibler said. "It was awesome. I shoot a lot of jump shots but my release felt really good tonight. I was 11-for-14 on twos, so that was exciting. I guess I was just in a good mood."

Gaibler shot 61 percent (11 for 18) from the field and scored a season-high 27 points, nearly all of which came on mid-range jump shots. It was her third straight game with 20-plus points. She also finished with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs commit is one of many reasons the Trojans are off to another hot start.

Currently ranked fourth in 4A by the CHSAANow.com poll, the Trojans (10-1, 3-0 Northern) entered last year's 4A state tournament as the sixth seed and reached the Final Four. On Tuesday night, Gaibler scored 10 points in the first quarter to help the Trojans pull away early, outscoring the Cougars (8-4, 1-2 Northern) to the tune of 20-9 in the first frame.

"That was about sending a message in our conference," Gaibler said. "We showed what we can do as a team when we work together."

Trojans senior forward Sydney Wetterstrom (18.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg) scored 14 points and junior guard Sarah Nichols added 10.

After going 23-69 over the last four seasons, the Cougars raced out to an 8-1 start in 2015-16. Since their Northern League schedule began, however, the Cougars have gone 0-3 while facing a trio of conference contenders in Greeley Central (8-1, 2-0), Silver Creek (5-5, 2-0) and Longmont (9-1, 2-0).

"Longmont is just good," Cougars head coach Terri Ward said. "They're just flat-out good. As far as basketball goes, Madi Gaibler is such a complete player. She can just hang in the air and when she's hitting shots like that, look out. I've always actually been a Madi fan. I like the way she plays."

Junior guard YingYing Chen led the Cougars with 10 points.

Longmont will look to remain undefeated on its home floor when it hosts Mountain View (2-9, 0-2 Northern) on Friday. Also on Friday, Niwot will travel to face Thompson Valley (0-10, 0-1 Northern).

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Longmont 61, Niwot 40

At Niwot H.S.

LONGMONT (10-1, 3-0)

Nichols 4 0-0 10, Carney 3 0-0 6, Kindelspire 0 0-0 0, Fixmer 0 0-0 0, Larson 0 0-0 0, Wetterstrom 6 2-2 14, Gaibler 11 5-5 27, Walters 0 0-0 0, Sheetz 2 0-0 4, Bolte 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 7-7 61.

Niwot’s Alyssa Jenkins snags a rebound Tuesday at Longmont High School.
Niwot's Alyssa Jenkins snags a rebound Tuesday at Longmont High School. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

NIWOT (8-4, 0-3)

A. Mercier 1 0-0 2, Gonzales 1 2-2 4, Setter 1 2-2 4, E. Mercier 0 2-4 2, Chen 2 5-6 10, Gillett 1 2-4 4, Jenkins 3 1-2 7, Strope 2 3-6 7, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 17-26 40.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 20 12 19 10 — 61

Niwot 9 10 14 7 — 40

3-point field goals — Longmont (2): Nichols 2; Niwot (1): Chen. Total fouls — Longmont 19, Niwot 9. Fouled out — Nichols.