LAFAYETTE — After Peak to Peak reached the state quarterfinals for the first time last season, graduation left many questions as to what type of team the Pumas would be able to field in 2014-15.
Those questions about the Pumas (3-5) lingered after the first month of the season. On Wednesday night against a Lyons High team that has hasn’t had a winning season since the 2010-11 campaign, the Pumas didn’t appear to have any doubts about themselves.
Finding their rhythm at home in their first game back from the holiday break, Peak to Peak defeated the visiting Lions 48-34.
“Between losing a bunch of good players and getting a new coach, I think we’ve started off kind of slow,” Pumas senior guard Katharine Kia said. “But tonight’s win was great and we’re getting back into the flow of things so I have really high hopes for us.”
The Pumas took control right away at the defensive end, holding the Lions (2-5) to four points in the first quarter and seven in the second. They led 26-11 at halftime.
The guard-heavy Pumas held their 15-point lead through the third quarter and increased it to as many as 22 in the fourth. By the end of the game they had spread the ball around to score a season-high 48 points.
Kia, Peak to Peak’s leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, hit three 3-pointers and shot a perfect 10 for 10 at the free-throw line to lead the way with a game-high 19 points. Junior forward Tessa Anderson scored 10 points in the paint, senior guard Sarah Martinez scored eight and freshman Rachel Thomas added five.
“This was by far the best, most complete game that we’ve played,” Pumas first-year head coach Elwyn Davidson said. “A lot of our games it has been Katharine Kia carrying us. Tonight, she didn’t have to. It was a team effort and we had a lot of other players step up and make shots when the shots were available. We like to spread it out and pass it around and most of our shots tonight were layups, which was also good.”
The Pumas have now won three of their last four games.
Lyons, which has now lost four straight games, has a 16-49 record in the past three seasons. The last time they had a winning record was the 2010-11 season, when they went 13-9.
Lions leading scorer Taylor Christiansen, who is averaging 14 points per game in her sophomore season, scored eight on Wednesday night. Teammates Liz Jonjak and Lauren Simms each also scored eight points.
“We’ve got a really young team,” Lions head coach Sandy Mitchell said. “We only start one senior and one junior. We are a young team and sometimes we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off at times tonight. But we’re still confident that we can turn it around. We’re a 2A school playing good 3A schools and we haven’t played a 2A school yet. I’d rather play these 3A schools competitively now and go into our league season confident.”
The Pumas will play at Centaurus (4-4) on Saturday. Lyons will play at Jefferson Academy (4-3) on Saturday.
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Peak to Peak 48, Lyons 34
At Peak to Peak H.S.
Sarah Stevelink 0 0-0 0, Maddie Maguire 2 0-2 5, Liz Jonjak 3 2-5 8, Lauren Simms 3 1-4 8, Mikayla Roth 0 0-0 0, Shaeli Herman 1 0-0 3, Mazie Grace 0 0-1 0, Taylor Christiansen 4 0-2 8, Sarah Hall 1 0-1 2. Totals 14 3-15 34.
PEAK TO PEAK (3-5)
Molly Higdon 1 1-1 3, Bri Wetmore 0 1-2 1, Kenna Hazzard 1 0-0 2, Katharine Kia 3 10-10 19, Holly Carter 0 0-0 0, Fiona Freeman-Grundel 0 0-0 0, Rachel Thomas 2 0-0 5, Sarah Martinez 4 0-0 8, Tessa Anderson 4 2-8 10. Totals 15 14-24 48.
Score by quarters:
Lyons 4 7 12 11 — 34
Peak to Peak 14 12 12 10 — 48
3-point field goals — Lyons: Herman, Maguire, Simms; Peak to Peak: Kia 3, Thomas. Total fouls — Lyons 16, Peak to Peak 18.