Silver Creek’s Jordan Carter tries to get a shot up over Longmont’s Hali Walters, No. 25, and Sara Nichols Tuesday.
Silver Creek's Jordan Carter tries to get a shot up over Longmont's Hali Walters, No. 25, and Sara Nichols Tuesday. (Jonathan Castner / For

LONGMONT — With less than a month remaining in the 2015-16 season, the Northern League hierarchy for girls basketball teams is beginning to take shape.

The Longmont Trojans have started to separate from the pack.

Already in possession of a key month-old conference win over Centaurus, the Trojans picked up a crucial 60-37 victory over a Silver Creek team that had conference title aspirations of its own to begin the season.

"We needed this win," Trojans head coach Mike Knaus said. "Our pressure defense was good tonight and in the second half, we played a little bit more composed on offense. This puts a little distance between us and our league and we still have some huge games left so this was huge."

Ranked fourth in the Colorado AP poll, the Trojans (14-1, 7-0 Northern) held the Raptors (8-7, 5-2 Northern) to just two points in the first quarter to take the early lead. Trojans leading scorers Sydney Wetterstrom (17.7 pgg) and Madi Gaibler (15.2 pgg) combined to score 24 points.

Much of their scoring, particularly early on, came from junior guard Sarah Nichols (8.3 ppg), who hit four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a game-high 19 points.

"I felt like this was one of my better games," said Nichols, who scored a season-high 25 points against Mountain View on Jan. 15. "This was a big game and we prepared well for it. It started with our defense and our offense got better as the game went on."


The Trojans pushed their lead up to 16 in the third quarter and pulled away to lead by 20 for most of the fourth quarter.

Senior Megan Harris led Silver Creek with 10 points.

Northern-leading Longmont will face second-place Centaurus (13-1, 5-1 Northern) for the second time on the road Thursday. Silver Creek will play Niwot (10-5, 2-4 Northern) on the road Friday and travel to face second-ranked Mesa Ridge (13-1, 6-0 Colorado Springs Metro) in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

"Longmont was great tonight and we'll have to be ready for the next few games if we want to stay in the running for one of the top few spots on our league," Silver Creek head coach Dan Kloster said.

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Longmont 60, Silver Creek 37

At Silver Creek H.S.

LONGMONT (14-1, 7-0)

Sarah Nichols 7 1-2 19, Sam Wiley 0 0-0 0, Emma Carney 2 0-0 4, Shannon Kindelspire 1 0-1 2, Sydney Fixmer 1 0-0 2, Sam Larson 1 0-0 2, Sydney Wetterstrom 5 2-3 12, Madi Gaibler 5 0-0 12, Hali Walters 0 1-2 1, Riley Bolte 0 2-4 2, Kennedy Sheetz 1 2-2 4. Totals 23 8-14-60.

SILVER CREEK (8-7, 5-2)

Violet Kennedy 3 0-2-6, Megan Harris 4 2-2 10, Jordan Carter 2 4-4 8, Erin Kloster 1 0-1 2, Maddie Kim 0 0-0 0, Lily Kasper 1 0-0 2, Kayla Noble 2 4-6 9, Parker Nicholas 0 0-0 0, Liz Salmeron 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-14 37.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 10 14 17 19 — 60

Silver Creek 2 15 8 12 — 37

3-point field goals — Longmont (6): Nichols 4, Gaibler 2; Silver Creek (1): Noble. Total fouls — Longmont 15, Silver Creek 14. Fouled out — Kennedy.