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Girls basketball: Broomfield makes up for miscues with ‘D’

Margaret Davis leads the Raptor offense against Brittney Zec of Broomfield on Friday night at Silver Creek High School.
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Margaret Davis leads the Raptor offense against Brittney Zec of Broomfield on Friday night at Silver Creek High School.

LONGMONT — When a basketball team turns the ball over 27 times and misses 14 free throws in a matchup with a top-10 opponent, the result is normally a loss.

But the Broomfield girls aren’t your normal team.

The five-time defending state champions in 4A can certainly have off nights on offense, but their defense rarely lets them down, which is why the fourth-ranked Eagles escaped with a 45-39 road victory over No. 8 Silver Creek Friday night.

In a game that had title implications in the 4A Northern League, Broomfield’s pressure “D” contributed greatly to Silver Creek’s 28 turnovers and limited the Raptors to 32 field goal attempts for the night.

“We’re happy to get out of here in one piece,” Eagles coach Mike Croell said. “This has always been a very, very tough place to come play, and boy tonight it sure lived up to that.

“Our defense was pretty darn tough, and that saved our butts because we sure gave it back to them a bunch.”

In handing Silver Creek its first home loss of the season (8-1), the Eagles (18-3 overall) gained sole possession of first place in the league at 11-1 with Centaurus losing to Mountain View on Friday. On Tuesday, Broomfield will host CHS, which handed the Eagles their only league loss this season.

As for the Raptors (16-5, 9-3), who had won eight straight games going into Friday, they saw their league title hopes end with the loss to Broomfield.

“Of course we’re disappointed,” said coach Dan Kloster, whose Silver Creek team lost by seven and six points to Broomfield in their two meetings this season. “We wanted a shot at the league title, but we didn’t make it happen tonight. But at the end of the day, the top three or four teams from the Northern Conference are going to get a pretty good seed in the state tournament.”

The Raptors led 17-13 in the second quarter Friday — thanks in part to Broomfield missing 10 of its first 12 free throws — but the Eagles scored the last nine points of the half, including four in the last three seconds.

With sophomore Emilie Rembert leading the way with 14 points — her ninth straight game with 13 or more — Silver Creek rallied to cut the deficit to 36-35 with six minutes remaining in the game. But that’s when Broomfield’s Meagan Prins began to take over.

The senior not only scored six of the Eagles’ next eight points, but she blocked a shot and made a steal during an 8-2 surge that clinched the win for Broomfield.

“I was worried (when the game was close), but I knew we had to stay composed if we wanted to pull this game off,” Prins said. “It was up to the seniors and other players to step up and make big plays, to keep our heads in it. I knew if we lost our heads, we’d be in trouble. So I said, ‘Let’s stay composed. We’ve got this.’

“We need that one badly. It’s a good feeling to win.”

Croell fully realized what a big role Prins played in the victory despite the fact that she sat out a long stretch after picking up three fouls in the second quarter.

“I told her that’s the best game she’s ever played in a Broomfield High uniform; it wasn’t even close,” he said.

The Eagles ended up winning despite 11-for-25 accuracy from the foul line.

“I told the girls, ‘That’s going to catch up to you,'” Croell said. “In close games you can’t do that.”

While Broomfield will host Centaurus on Tuesday, Silver Creek will visit Mountain View following a seven-game homestand. The regular season ends next Friday.

Broomfield 45, Silver Creek 39

At Silver Creek HS

BROOMFIELD (18-3, 11-1)

Rynearson 0 0-4 0, Wilber 2 1-3 6, Prins 7 0-2 14, Zec 0 1-2 1, Kaiser 3 2-3 9, Duffy 0 0-0 0, Croell 1 0-1 2, Lehrer 1 4-4 6, Rohrbaugh 0 1-2 1, Hull 2 2-4 6. Totals 16 11-25 45.

SILVER CREEK (16-5, 9-3)

Hubert 3 0-0 6, Rembert 4 6-6 14, Gurau 2 2-2 7, Davis 0 1-2 1, Reed 3 0-2 6, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Dauer 1 0-0 2, Warner 0 0-0 0, Keil 1 1-2 3, Strub 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-14 39.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 9 13 12 11 — 45

Silver Creek 13 4 12 10 — 39

3-point field goals — Broomfield (2): Wilber, Kaiser; Silver Creek (1): Gurau. Total fouls — Broomfield 13, Silver Creek 20. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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