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Longmont sophomore Kathryn Schell launches a shot through traffic during the Trojans' 61-27 loss against Thompson Valley on Friday.
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Longmont sophomore Kathryn Schell launches a shot through traffic during the Trojans’ 61-27 loss against Thompson Valley on Friday.

LONGMONT — After reaching the Class 4A state title game in each of the past two seasons, Longmont girls basketball coach Jay Darien admits the Trojans’ rebuilding process has been as trying for him as it has been for his players.

Yet even if Longmont’s youth and inexperience have led to a glut of growing pains, one area that should remain a constant is the team’s effort. That, however, was lacking in the early moments of the Trojans’ Northern League tilt against Thompson Valley on Friday, as Longmont never recovered after a dominant early salvo by the visiting Eagles in a 61-27 defeat.

“The kids are rattled and we’re just not competing,” Darien said. “I get that we’re young, and we’re being patient with them. But you have to come compete. This is a new bridge for me and our program. The kids are working hard, but they just can’t get out of their own way. We’ve got a big mental battle going on right now. They’re going to have to work through it.”

The teams entered the contest with identical 2-3 marks in the Northern League, with each club having earned their wins against the two clubs that entered Friday’s play with winless marks in the conference, Niwot and Greeley Central. On paper it seemed like a match in which the youthful Trojans could be competitive. On the court, though, Thompson Valley surged ahead early and never looked back.

Within the first two minutes after tipoff, Longmont had committed two turnovers while falling into a 6-0 hole. Thompson Valley scored the first 10 points of the game and built a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Longmont committed 20 turnovers while forcing only nine from the Eagles. The Trojans struggled in every facet, going 2-for-10 at the free throw line and 1-for-7 from 3-point range.

“I think we just weren’t ready,” sophomore guard Anna Schell said. “We came out and we just weren’t ready at all. We need to get more energy and believe in ourselves more. Tonight, I don’t think we believed in ourselves at all. We need to trust ourselves and each other more.”

Perhaps the only bright spot for Longmont (3-10, 2-4 Northern League) was the play of freshman Lacy Haddock, who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Yet as if things could not get worse for the Trojans, Haddock went down after a collision under the basket late in the fourth quarter. She suffered a left ankle injury and was unable to put any weight on the leg as she was helped from the court. Haddock will be re-evaluated when the Trojans reconvene on Monday.

Ten different players scored points for Thompson Valley (9-5, 3-3), which received a team-leading 13 points off the bench from Emily Newton.

“I’m still waiting for one kid to step up and take over this team,” Darien said. “A lot of growing pains are going through here, but we’re waiting on that consistency to come in and lead this group every day. That’s the one thing we’re missing. We’ll go in stretches where we look unstoppable. And then we go in stretches where we look like we’ve never seen the ball before. That’s the piece we need — consistency.”

Pat Rooney can be reached at rooneyp@dailycamera.com

 

Thompson Valley 61, Longmont 27

At Longmont HS

THOMPSON VALLEY (9-5, 3-3)

Mickelson 5 0-0 10, Pascal 3 0-0 6, Schoonover 2 0-2 4, Baalke 3 0-0 6, Marshall 2 0-0 4, Newton 6 1-2 13, Chase 2 1-2 5, L. Davis 2 0-0 5, Berg 0 0-0 0, Paulsen 0 0-0 0, Wiersema 2 0-1 4, A. Davis 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 2-7 61.

LONGMONT (3-10, 2-4)

Fallon 0 2-6 2, Lacy Haddock 5 0-2 10, K. Schell 3 0-0 7, A. Schell 4 0-0 8, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Murray 0 0-0 0, Tulenko 0 0-0 0, Chandler 0 0-0 0, Lyndie Haddock 0 0-2 0. Totals 12 2-10 27.

Score by quarters:

Thompson Valley 17 11 13 20 — 61

Longmont 6 4 7 10 — 27

 

3-point field goals — Thompson Valley (1): L. Davis; Longmont (1): K. Schell. Total fouls — Thompson Valley 17, Longmont 10. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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