Girls basketball: Skyline holds off Silver Creek for cross-town victory

Jonathan Castner
Skyline’s Deandra Elcock and Silver Creek’s Margaret Davis battle for a loose ball at Skyline High School on Tuesday evening,

LONGMONT — Developing a winning streak after a rough start to the season, the Skyline girls basketball team needed to get by 10th-ranked Silver Creek to keep it going.

Playing at home on Tuesday, the Falcons held of a late run from the cross-town Raptors — who were without leading scorer Emilie Rembert — to win 42-36.

The victory marked the Falcons’ third straight. But, it took a clutch performance from senior Deandra Elcock to get it.

“Our coaches just told us to drive because they were gonna foul us,” Elcock said. “I just went hard to the basket and I made it so that was good.”

The Raptors (3-3) went on a 10-1 run to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:53 left in the game. Elcock, however, responded with a driving layup and a fast-break layup off a steal.

A field goal from Elcock and another from sophomore center Naomi Barron gave the Falcons (3-2) the six-point advantage they needed to win.

Since starting the season out 0-2, the Falcons have now won three straight. Their streak includes wins over nearby rivals Niwot and Silver Creek.

“Winning against both cross-town rivals is really good,” Elcock said. “We can keep the momentum going from this one.”

The absence of Rembert, whose family was out of town on vacation Tuesday, allowed the Falcons to play man-to-man pressure defense.

“We had expected to play a box-and-one, but with Emilie gone we were able to get up there and pressure the ball,” said Falcons guard Kylie Emanuel, who had seven steals. “Our strategy was to pressure and get turnovers.”

Against the pressure, the Raptors turned the ball over 30 times.

“Skyline forced us to create a lot of turnovers,” Raptors head coach Dan Kloster said. “I thought, as a team, we weren’t really putting it all together. And we missed Emilie. There goes 20 points out of our lineup, but I thought we should have done a better job of stepping up and filling that hole.”

The Falcons will play next in the Aurora Central Tournament starting on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the Raptors will play at Roosevelt (2-5).

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Skyline 42, Silver Creek 36

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Davis 2 4-4 8, Bishop 2 3-4 7, Strub 2 0-2 4, Dauer 1 1-2 3, Warner 2 0-0 4, Keil 1 0-2 2, Ramirez 1 3-3 6, Reed 1 0-2 2. Totals 12 11-19 36. .


Spencer 3 2-5 8, Emanuel 1 4-9 6, A. Curtis 0 1-3 1, Elcock 5 2-4 12, Barron 1 4-6 6, Robison 0 0-0 0, C. Curtis 1 3-4 5, Steed 0 0-1 0, David 1 2-4 4. Totals 12 18-36 42.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek 7 9 8 12 — 36

Skyline 10 9 10 13 — 42

3-point field goals — Silver Creek (1): Ramirez; Skyline (0): None. Total fouls — Silver Creek 25, Skyline 21. Fouled out — Ramirez. Technical fouls — Dauer.