Silver Creek sophomore Emilie Rembert drives to the basket during the Raptors' win against No. 3 Centaurus. (Jeremy Papasso)
JEREMY PAPASSO
Silver Creek sophomore Emilie Rembert drives to the basket during the Raptors’ win against No. 3 Centaurus. (Jeremy Papasso)

LONGMONT — Silver Creek’s girls basketball team had been waiting almost an entire month to show Centaurus it belongs among the contenders in the Class 4A Northern League.

Despite being forced to wait an additional three days due to Friday’s snowstorm, the Raptors finally made their statement on Monday.

Silver Creek overcame an early deficit by putting together dominant runs on either side of halftime before holding on down the stretch for a 56-51 victory. It was the seventh consecutive win for Silver Creek, which suffered a lopsided loss at Centaurus on Jan. 10.

The Warriors, ranked third in Class 4A, had their 12-game winning streak snapped and fell into a first-place tie with Broomfield. Silver Creek (15-4, 8-2 Northern League) owns sole possession of third place and sits one game back of the frontrunners going into Tuesday’s game against Thompson Valley. The Raptors host Broomfield in another rematch showdown on Friday.

“The last time we played them, we were really angry because we lost by almost 20,” Silver Creek sophomore Emilie Rembert said. “We were pretty pumped to come back and face them again.”

For roughly the first 12 minutes, it looked like more of the same for Silver Creek, which fell into a 14-point hole as Centaurus’ Lyndie Puckett came off the bench to provide instant offense for the Warriors. Puckett made 5 of 7 shots in the first half, and her third 3-pointer of the game put the Raptors in a 26-12 deficit.

Silver Creek, however, answered with eight consecutive points and used a 10-2 run that closed the second quarter to cut Centaurus’ lead to 28-22 at the break. The Raptors opened the second half with a 12-3 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from Rembert, and although the Warriors remained close, Silver Creek never trailed the rest of the way.

“Having the run in the second quarter going into the break, it was very uplifting,” Rembert said. “We went into the locker room and were just like, ‘We got this. We’re not going to let down.’ They played a great game, but we wanted it so bad.”

Silver Creek established an eight-point lead early in the fourth, but Puckett’s fourth 3-pointer kept the Warriors within five points with 1:11 remaining. Yet turnovers plagued Centaurus throughout the contest, and late miscues combined with solid free throw shooting by Silver Creek allowed the Raptors to maintain their lead down the stretch.

“They kind of put us in a fast-pace tempo and we made some mistakes,” Centaurus coach Jeff Jackson said. “We didn’t take care of the basketball, and they thrived off it. We wanted to slow it down and run some of our sets, but we didn’t do a great job of that. Credit to them — they’re well coached and they played hard.”

Rembert continued her torrid scoring streak for Silver Creek, finishing with a game-high 18 points. The sophomore recorded just two double-digit scoring performances during the first 12 games of the year, yet Rembert has scored at least 13 points in each of the past seven games while averaging 17.7 points during that span.

Sophomore guard Margaret Davis went 8-for-11 at the free throw line and finished with 10 points. Ana Gurau, Silver Creek’s leading scorer, went scoreless during the first half but contributed eight crucial points after halftime.

Puckett paced Centaurus (16-2, 9-1) with 17 points.

“We didn’t come out playing very composed and we made a lot of mistakes early,” Silver Creek coach Dan Kloster said. “Part of mental toughness is playing with composure and playing determined. We played with a lot more composure and we didn’t make the same kind of mistakes. Then we settled into our game. I was really proud of how they responded to the adversity they faced at the beginning of the game.”

Pat Rooney can be reached at rooneyp@dailycamera.com

Silver Creek 56, Centaurus 51

At Silver Creek HS

CENTAURUS (16-2, 9-1)

Langer 0 1-2 1, Hubbell 0 2-2 2, Matosky 1 1-2 3, Ortega 3 5-5 11, Houck 6 1-6 13 Puckett 6 1-2 17, Patterson 1 0-0 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Manfredini 1 0-1 2. Totals 18 11-20 51.

SILVER CREEK (15-4, 8-2)

Davis 1 8-11 10, Rembert 7 3-3 18, Gurau 3 2-2 8, Keil 1 0-0 2, Hubert 1 2-2 4, Reed 0 1-2 1, Warner 1 1-2 3, Bishop 3 0-4 6, Dauer 2 0-0 4, Strub 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 17-26 56.

Score by quarters:

Centaurus 17 11 9 14 — 51

Silver Creek 10 12 17 17 — 56

3-point field goals — Centaurus (4): Puckett 4; Silver Creek (1): Rembert. Total fouls — Centaurus 17, Silver Creek 17. Fouled out — Ortega. Technical fouls — None.