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Silver Creek’s Emilie Rembert goes up for a shot during the game at D’Evelyn High School on Friday. Rembert scored 22 points to lead Silver Creek to a 65-48 win over Valor Christian. For more photos visit www.BoCoPreps.com. (Greg Lindstrom/Times-Call)

DENVER — After last year’s postseason began with promise and ended in disappointment, the Silver Creek girls basketball team had a much better start in 2013.

In 2012, the Raptors lost a nine-point lead in the final five minutes to lose in the second round to Delta. With the bitter loss still in the backs of their minds, the Raptors defeated Valor Christian 65-48 in the second round a year later on Friday.

In the gym at D’Evelyn High School, the same gym where she and the Raptors were stunned last February, junior Emilie Rembert said the Raptors were determined not to repeat last year’s outcome.

“This is a really big improvement for us,” Rembert said. “Last year in the second half it went downhill and we didn’t want to repeat that again. We talked at halftime and said, ‘We can’t make it another year like last year.’ That’s what gave us motivation.”

The team’s leading scorer, Rembert did her part to the tune of a game-high 22 points. Junior guard Margaret Davis attacked the basket and scored 17 points. Senior forward Grace Reed chipped in nine points and scored baskets and several key moments in the game.

After missing last season with an injury and having to watch the Raptors’ playoff game, junior shooting guard Carrie Ramirez helped push the tempo on offense.

“We came out hard and I knew we could run the floor,” Ramirez said. “Every time I looked up, I saw one of my teammates and I just wanted to get them the ball and get easy buckets.”

The Raptors, who led by between eight and 10 points for much of the game, turned to their half-court trapping defense early in the fourth quarter. By doing so, they stretch their lead from 10 to 16 points to pull away from the Eagles.

“We got three buckets out of that and that really seemed like a back-breaker for them,” Raptors head coach Dan Kloster said. “Then they started turning the ball over and it snowballed. That was big.”

Kloster said the Raptors have been a mentally-tougher team during their final five or six games. That, he said, has helped them to not give up runs and lose leads like they did early on.

The Raptors will the face the winner of No. 8 Glenwood Springs and sharp-shooting No. 1 D’Evelyn in the next round at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Kloster said they’re expecting D’Evelyn and a tough game.

“It’s going to be a different game tomorrow,” Kloster said. “I told the girls in the locker room I gave them a B-. But it was good enough to win. If we bring don’t bring our A-game, they may shoot us right out of the game.”

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Silver Creek 65, Valor Christian 48

At D’Evelyn HS

VALOR CHRISTIAN (13-11)

Foley 1 0-0 2, Little 1 0-1 2, Morrow 0 0-0 0, O’Dowd 0 0-2 0, Thibault 0 0-1 0, Gibson 0 0-0 0, Pequette 3 0-2 6, Roth 1 0-0 2, Bryan 7 4-6 18, Williams 0 0-2 0, Bradbury 6 6-9 18. Totals 19 10-23 48.

SILVER CREEK (15-9)

Cordova 0 0-0 0, Davis 5 4-7 17, Rembert 8 6-7 22, Bishop 2 0-0 4, Strub 0 0-0 0, Dauer 4 0-0 8, Warner 1 0-0 2, Keil 1 0-0 2, Ramirez 1 0-0 2, Kloster 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Reed 4 1-2 9. Totals 25 11-16 65.

Score by quarters:

Valor Christian 11 13 12 12 — 48

Silver Creek 13 20 13 19 — 65

3-point field goals — Valor Christian (0): None; Silver Creek (1): Davis. Total fouls — Valor Christian 18, Silver Creek 22. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.