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Frederick's Caroline Johnson drives past Skyline's Kaylee Spencer on Friday at Skyline High School. Joshua Buck / Times-Call
Joshua Buck
Frederick’s Caroline Johnson drives past Skyline’s Kaylee Spencer on Friday at Skyline High School. Joshua Buck / Times-Call

LONGMONT — Mikayla Bragalone, Frederick’s leading scorer, missed two weeks after injuring her ribs against Montbello. She made up for lost time against Skyline on Friday.

“I was out for two weeks and I felt really good,” said Bragalone, who sat out a 54-38 loss to Skyline on Jan. 17. “I think the adrenaline just pumped me up and I was ready for a win. I had to watch them struggle last time and I just really wanted to win.”

The 6-foot-1 Warriors senior scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots, leading the Warriors to a 49-43 conference win. She said Friday’s win was important to keep the Warriors’ (8-12, 4-7 Tri-Valley League) playoff hopes alive.

“This was a huge win,” Bragalone said. “It’s one of the ones we needed to get.”

Bragalone shot 4-for-4 on 3-pointers in the first half and the Warriors held the Falcons to four second-quarter points to take a 27-14 halftime lead. But the Falcons made a run and cut the lead to three in the fourth quarter before a 7-0 Warriors run gave them the distance they needed.

Warriors point guard Makenzie Urban finished with seven points, eight rebounds and six steals. She said the Falcons took the Warriors out of their game early in the second half.

“We had a lot of turnovers and we weren’t really taking care of the ball,” Urban said. “But once we took it back under control, we were able to stay in the lead. We slowed down, we didn’t play at their pace and we also played smarter as a team.”

The victory pulled the Warriors closer to a .500 record and dropped the Falcons (10-11, 6-6) one game below that mark.

Despite the loss, Falcons senior forward Dominique Torres said the Falcons’ comeback was something positive that wouldn’t have happened in the past few seasons.

“It was a tough loss to take,” Torres said. “We needed the win to push us up and keep out third place. Right now, we’re going to have to fight back. It showed that we were able to come back and we’re not done fighting.”

Deandra Elcock led the Falcons with 12 points and Naomi Barron blocked four shots.

The Warriors will host Sterling (4-15, 2-9 Tri-Valley) on Monday. The Falcons will host Roosevelt (16-5, 12-0 Tri-Valley) on Tuesday.

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

Frederick 49, Skyline 43

At Skyline HS

FREDERICK (8-12, 4-7)

Johnson 1 5-8 7, Pepitone 0 2-4 2, Urban 1 5-10 7, Neu 0 0-0 0, Bragalone 5 4-7 18, 1 0-0 2, Maas 1 0-0 2, Artis 4 5-11 13. Totals 12 21-40 49.

SKYLINE (10-11, 6-6)

Spencer 2 3-4 7, Emanuel 0 3-4 3, David 0 1-2 1, Mastriona 1 0-0 2, Elcock 5 0-0 12, Barron 0 1-2 1, Curtis 4 1-2 9, Torres 3 1-3 7. Totals 15 10-17 43.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 13 14 8 14 — 49

Skyline 10 4 17 12 — 43

3-point field goals — Frederick (4): Bragalone; Skyline (3): Elcock 2, Mastriona. Total fouls — Frederick 16, Skyline 16. Fouled out — Mastriona, Spencer. Technical fouls — None.

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