Skyline’s Carissa Curtis attempts a layup between Arrupe Jesuit’s Sabrina Montoya, left, and Veronica Valenzuela on Saturday.

LONGMONT — The Skyline girls basketball team knew it would need contributions from its young players in order to win this season.

The Falcons have started the season 2-0 with four underclassmen in the rotation. Is coach Tina Skidmore getting what she expected out of her younger players?

“Definitely. Even a few surprises,” the first-year head coach said.

In a 50-24 win over Arrupe Jesuit on Saturday, Falcons freshmen and sophomores led all the major statistical categories. Sophomore guard Carissa Curtis led the Falcons with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman center Naomi Barron anchored the defense with five blocks and also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Kaylee Spencer, sophomore, did a little of everything. She led the Falcons with seven steals and three assists to go with her 11 points.

Curtis said the young Falcons contributing gives the team a balance it lacked during last year’s 5-18 season. It showed Saturday, and also in a 56-54 win over Mountain View the night before.

“We worked as a team and I think that’s something we didn’t do last year,” Curtis said. “We were swinging the ball pretty well. Last night we kind of had trouble swinging it and tonight we worked a lot harder on that and it worked.”

The Falcons jumped out to a 14-4 lead over the Generals after the first quarter. With a 26-12 halftime lead, Curtis scored seven points in the third quarter and the Falcons outscored the Generals 12-5 to widen the margin and hold on for their second win on the young season.

After the two-win start, Barron said the freshman nerves are fading quickly.

“At first I felt a lot of pressure but once you go out there and play the pressure goes away,” Barron said. “You just do what you do.”

Junior forward Deandra Elcock, last year’s leading scorer, finished with seven points and nine rebounds.

Whoever’s filling up the stat sheet, the Falcons are just happy to be marking up the win column.

“Last year it took us nearly halfway through the season get a win,” Curtis said. “So going out like is going to keep us going a lot harder.”

Skyline 50, Arrupe Jesuit 24

At Skyline HS


Valenzuela 1 0-0 3, Soto 0 0-0 0, Vigil 1 5-8 7, Mora 1 1-2 4, Montoya 1 1-4 3, Perez 0 0-0 0, Lucero 2 1-3 5, Cordova 0 0-1 0, Gallardo 0 2-4 2. Totals 6 10-22 24.


Spencer 5 0-0 11, Chelsey Curtis 0 0-0 0, David 0 1-2 1, Mastriona 1 0-0 3, Elcock 3 0-1 7, A. Curtis 0 0-0 0, Barron 1 2-3 4, Carissa Curtis 7 2-4 16, Torres 1 0-0 2, Steed 0 2-2 2, Robinson 2 0-0 4, Quintana 0 1-2 1, Taba 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-14 50.

Score by quarters:

Arrupe Jesuit 4 8 5 7 — 24

Skyline 14 12 12 12 — 50

3-point field goals — Arrupe Jesuit (2): Valenzuela, Mora; Skyline (2): Spencer, Elcock. Total fouls — Arrupe Jesuit 12, Skyline 20. Fouled out — Lucero. Technical fouls — None.