BROOMFIELD — Usually the first game of the season is an exercise in futility.
The Broomfield girls looked anything but rusty on Tuesday night in their season opener at Legacy. Ranked No. 1 to start the season by CHSAANow.com, the Eagles blew out the Lightning 67-30 to start the 2013-14 campaign in style.
“We told the girls before the game, that as long as they share the ball and as long as they play together as a team that they are just going to keep getting better and better,” Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. “Our defensive pressure was good and we weren’t shooting it very well in scrimmages, and we had a few girls snap out of their shooting slumps and a few that didn’t have great games.
“It’s going to be pretty scary when it all comes together.”
As if playing up to expectations was anything new for Croell’s team. The Eagles looked every bit the team many across the state predicted they would be, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead on Legacy in the opening minutes.
Senior guard Bri Wilber scored nine of her game-high 14 points in the opening quarter, getting shots to drop while also drawing contact. Her first three baskets all included and-one free throw attempts.
“As practice goes on, I definitely think we can get better,” said Wilber, who has committed to play her college ball at Lindenwood University in Missouri. “The best thing about it was that we played together as a team maybe the best I’ve ever seen.”
The Eagles continued to pour it on and closed out the first half on a 13-0 run that stretched the lead to 38-8.
Eleven of the 12 Broomfield players on the varsity roster scored and after Wilber’s 14, Brenna Chase finished with 12. Callie Kaiser did not have her best game on the offensive side and finished with just four points.
“I think we had two turnovers in the first half and that is monumental for us, because usually early on in the season, you are throwing the ball all over the gym,” Croell said. “I wish I could bottle that up and have that every game.”
Defensively, the Eagles put their focus on Legacy’s Bree Paulson and Courtney Smith. The junior duo did finish with 25 of the Lightning’s 30 points, but most of those came late when the game was already way out of hand.
“We could do our best to keep the ball out of their hands by extending our pressure and we’d be okay, we just needed to keep it out of their hands in the low block,” Croell said. “And for the most part, I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
Up next for Broomfield is a trip to Evergreen on Friday in preparation for next week’s Fairview Festival, which begins with a game against Sand Creek.
The Lightning will regroup and travel to George Washington for a 5A nonleague game against the Patriots on Friday in Denver.
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Broomfield 67, Legacy 30
At Legacy HS
Katie Stirling 0 0-0 0, Callie Kaiser 2 0-0 4, Bri Wilber 5 3-5 14, Fallyn Reed 2 0-0 4, Meghan Stovall 4 1-2 12, Maddie Kern 0 3-4 3, Nicole Lehrer 2 2-2 6, Brenna Chase 5 0-0 12, Cherokee Rohrbaugh 0 2-3 2, Brenna Fankell 1 0-0 2, Haley Dean 0 1-2 1, Stacie Hull 3 1-2 7. Totals 24 14-20 67.
Miranda Romo 0 0-0 0, Jordan Sheard 0 0-0 0, Maddie Gallegos 1 1-2 4, Jenna Fenton 0 1-2 1, Taylor Hickerson 0 0-0 0, Morgan Kroll 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Romo 0 0-0 0, Rachel Dickson 0 0-0 0, Bree Paulson 3 6-10 13, Jackie Matthews 0 0-0 0, Courtney Smith 5 1-2 12. Totals 9 9-16 30.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 18 20 17 12 — 67
Legacy 4 4 9 13 — 30
3-point field goals — Broomfield (6): Stovall 3, Chase 2, Wilber; Legacy (3): Gallegos, Paulson, Smith. Total fouls — Broomfield 15, Legacy 12.