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Girls basketball: Broomfield overcomes slow start to blast Silver Creek

LONGMONT — With three players in double-digits and a 20-plus point win Tuesday, the Broomfield girls basketball team should have been sky high. Instead, the top-ranked Eagles were quite grounded.

Broomfield might have beaten Silver Creek 68-44 in the Northern League foes’ second meeting this season, but the victory came from an effort that most Eagles would be happy to forget. From allowing the Raptors to hang with them until half, to turning the ball over on a slew of unforced errors, the outing was not one of Broomfield’s crispest.

“We didn’t play our best tonight, but it was still good to come out with a 20-point win,” Broomfield wing Callie Kaiser said. “They just had good intensity tonight.”

Broomfield (17-1, 9-0) gained the upper hand on Silver Creek (10-8, 4-5) midway through the second, when it capitalized off a couple of Raptors turnovers. Stacie Hull sparked an 8-2 run in the period, giving her team its final lead of the game off a layup and free throw. And Kaiser supplied the steady scoring her team needed to take the lead into halftime. The sophomore finished the night with a career-high 23 points, 10 of them coming in the second.

The Eagles defense then put the finishing touches on the Raptors in the third period. Broomfield held SCHS to five points in the quarter and didn’t allow its host to score until there was a little less than 3 minutes remaining.

“We didn’t come out very hard in the second half,” said guard Margaret Davis, who lead all Silver Creek shooters with 14 points. “We had a few turnovers and weren’t playing as tough on defense.”

Even with a lopsided score, the game was a complete turn from the first time the teams met. Broomfield dominated nearly every aspect of that game, holding the Raptors in single-digit scoring in all but the fourth period.

“We have to understand that just because you roll some team at home, when you go on the road it is a whole different ball game,” Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. “I’m happy we won, but you can’t come out into a game and turn the ball over 21 times, like we did tonight.”

To some extent, Broomfield might be a victim of its own success. Croell did not write off the Eagles getting lulled with its best winning streak in two years, extended to 11 games against Silver Creek. And even in Broomfield’s best seasons, Croell inevitably said there is a stinker of a game.

“Maybe it’s good we can be upset over a 24-point win,” he said. “They all know they play so much better and can make a serious run at this.”

The falter was Silver Creek’s second straight loss and has its players cautious as they enter the homestretch of the season. The team still is in a safe position to make the postseason, despite dropping below .500 in league play. But it has a slim margin of error for the remainder of its schedule.

“We’ve got a couple big games like (No. 10) Thompson Valley and Mountain View,” Davis said. “But we want to win out.”

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Broomfield 68, Silver Creek 44

At Silver Creek HS

BROOMFIELD (17-1, 9-0)

Kaiser 9 3-3 23, Wilbur 5 0-0 11, Croell 0 2-2 2, Stovall 1 0-0 2, Lehrer 1 6-7 8, Chase 2 3-5 7, Albrecht 0 1-2 1, Hull 6 2-3 14. Totals 24 17-22 68.

SILVER CREEK (10-8, 5-4)

Davis 4 5-7 14, Rembert 4 1-3 9, Bishop 3 0-0 6, Strub 0 2-2 2, Dauer 1 0-0 2, Warner 1 1-2 3, Keil 0 1-2 1, Reed 3 1-2 7. Totals 16 11-18 44.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 14 23 16 15 — 68

Silver Creek 16 13 5 10 — 44

3-point field goals — Broomfield (3): Kaiser 2, Wilbur; Silver Creek (1): Davis. Total fouls — Broomfield 19, Silver Creek 19. Fouled out — Croell. Technical fouls — none.

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