LONGMONT — The Silver Creek girls are still waiting for a challenge.
Julie Dauer and the rest of the Raptors thought they were going to get one Friday night as they hosted Roosevelt, a team they scrimmaged in the summer, but the talons were out early against the RoughRiders in a 64-22 blowout victory at the SCHS gym.
With the Fairview Festival on tap starting Tuesday, Dauer is fully expecting the tides to rise a little bit, but for now she is enjoying the team’s 3-0 start that includes consecutive blowout victories.
“I don’t think there are going to be any easy games in that tournament, so that will be good,” said Dauer after her 15-point, eight-rebound effort that paced a very balanced team. “We were expecting probably our first hard game of the year, but I think they maybe didn’t have that good of a night and we had a great night. We showed up to play and we played good pressure defense.”
The Raptors opened the season with a near 50-point win against Wheat Ridge and have followed that up with 25- and now 42-point margins of victory. For a group that includes seven seniors on the 10-player roster, a lot of the early success has taken years to build up.
The chemistry is palpable.
“We like to share the ball, so every night there’s a new high scorer,” Dauer said. “Emilie (Rembert) is really good, Margaret Davis is really good, but other people are contributing and we just know when it’s time to pass.”
Added coach Dan Kloster: “We’ve got size and speed, and that’s tough to come by, and the girls share the wealth and play together well. A lot of them have played for me since they were sophomores, and they’ve played together since they were eighth graders. I think now it’s all starting to sink in.”
The chemistry may be evident, but the feisty defense has paid off, too. On Friday, they took a page out of Roosevelt’s book to beat them — employing a non-stop, full-court press that forced the Roughriders into too many mistakes in what was their season opener. RHS had 15 turnovers in the first quarter alone, 34 for the game.
In the half-court, the Raptors were challenging everything when the ball was floating through the air, too.
All that helped the home team to a head-shaking 27-0 lead at one point, and Roosevelt did not even hoist a shot up until the 5 minute, 13 second mark thanks to turnovers on every possession up to that point.
“We’ve focused on defense and we knew our offense was going to come from that,” said Davis, who finished with 10 points. “Even though the points spread was pretty large, we still pushed and didn’t let up. We used that advantage to work on our game more.”
An ugly fourth quarter dropped the shooting percentage down a tad, but Silver Creek still managed a 19 for 51 clip (and hit 17 of 38 shots through three quarters). Rembert had 15, and Taylor Strub and Jordan Carter each had seven points. The depth has been a bonus, and Kloster said the starting lineup has been different each and every time out.
“That’s one of the plus sides of the depth, and really we don’t miss a beat when that second group goes in,” he said. “Really, we don’t have a first group. Depending on what we want to do on any given night, we’ve started a different group. These girls are quick studies. I’m eager to see us get challenged at the Fairview tournament.”
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SILVER CREEK 64, ROOSEVELT 22
At Silver Creek HS
Daniels 1 4-4 7, Naipo 1 2-2 4, Ramirez 0 0-1 0, Jones 1 0-0 2, Jacox 1 0-2 2, Minick 0 2-4 2, Bernhardt 1 3-6 5. Totals 5 11-19 22.
SILVER CREEK (3-0)
Davis 3 2-2 10, Rembert 5 5-8 15, Bishop 1 0-0 2, Dauer 4 7-10 15, Strub 2 3-3 7, Knechtel 2 0-1 4, Carter 1 5-6 7, Litt 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 24-32 64.
Score by quarters:
Roosevelt 3 7 4 8 — 22
Silver Creek 28 15 17 4 — 64
3-point field goals — Roosevelt (1): Daniels; Silver Creek (2): Davis 2. Fouled out — Jacox, Minick. Technical fouls — None.