Girls basketball: Barron’s late surge pushes Skyline past Erie

LONGMONT — After the early onset of a nasty cold, Naomi Barron knew she was going need periodic water breaks — and coughing breaks — Friday night.

That didn’t stop the Skyline senior from willing the Falcons to their first Tri-Valley League victory of the season.

Barron filled up the box score with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, helping Skyline overthrow visiting Erie and sharpshooter Darby Berringer 47-38.

“I kind of had to slap myself to get it into myself that I had to step it up,” Barron said. “My team was holding me up, so I had to hold them up as well.”

Barron scored 10 points in the final quarter, including the first eight for the Falcons (4-7, 1-2). That helped them stave off Berringer’s perimeter display that allowed Erie to cut a 12-point deficit in the quarter to as few as five.

Berringer scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, including three 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough for an Erie squad that was playing without starting forward Amanda Farineau (possible muscle contusion in leg).

After Barron scored her eighth point in succession to start the fourth, she was lifted by coach Jim Pappas. It appeared to be a strange move at the time, until it became evident how hard Barron was fighting the illness.

“It’s just starting up, so I didn’t know how to react to it,” she said. “I started coughing a bit and breathing a bit heavier than I normally do it.”

Skyline also got a standout effort from Alyssa Steed, who scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Steed kept the Falcons afloat through the first three quarters and Barron served as the closer.

Erie (8-4, 0-3) has encountered its first prolonged rough patch after a sizzling start. The Tigers managed only 11 points in the first half and headed to the locker room trailing by 10, but were much more spirited and efficient in the second.

“It was tough,” Tigers coach Bill Giampietro said. “You’d get a little bit of momentum, and there’d be a loose ball and then a bucket. We’re came out flat, really. That was probably our worst game we’ve played, and it happens.”

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Skyline 47, Erie 38

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ERIE (8-4, 0-3)

Kenzie Kudrna 0 4-4 4, Darby Berringer 5 3-4 16, Aly Romey 2 0-0 4, McKayley Green 2 1-3 5, Annika Turner 2 2-3 6, Autymn Purcell 1 1-2 3, Kathryn Huonder 0 0-0 0, Adlee Schenbeck 0 0-0 0, Jade Phillips 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 11-16 38.

SKYLINE (4-7, 1-2)

Leah Osborn 1 0-2 3, Naomi Barron 6 2-2 14, Marie Montante 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Steed 5 4-5 14, Brianna Robison 2 1-6 5, Kelsey Robison 2 0-0 4, Bianca Pedraza 1 0-0 2, Rachel Kissinger 0 0-0 0, Amber Montante 0 0-0 0, Bella Garcia 1 2-3 5. Totals 18 9-18 47.

Score by quarters:

Erie 7 4 15 12 — 38
Skyline 10 11 12 14 — 47

3-point field goals — Erie (3): Berringer 3; Skyline (2): Osborn, Garcia. Total fouls — Erie 18, Skyline 16.