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    Longmont Christian's Maddie Lehnherr takes a shot over Chloe Hansum during a game against Denver Christian on Tuesday in Lakewood.

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    Longmont Christian's Abbey Moore-Kneipp takes a shot in front of Chloe Hansum during a game against Denver Christian on Tuesday in Lakewood. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.

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LAKEWOOD — Given the mix of inexperience and talent returning for the Longmont Christian girls basketball team this season, the Warriors weren’t sure what their potential would be.

Despite a hiccup on the road Tuesday night, the Longmont Christian girls are off to a good start in 2016.

After ending 2015 on a four-game win streak, the Warriors opened the New Year with a 31-28 loss to Denver Christian on Tuesday. The loss halted the Warriors’ early hot streak and leaves them still searching for their first Mile High League victory in 2016.

“I’m really proud of the girls so far,” Warriors head coach Dave Stoeker said. “We’re still trying to find out who we are. We’ve played tough defense all season and that’s the number one thing we’ve asked of them and after that it’s still just the little things we’re working on.”

The driving force for the Warriors (4-2, 0-2 Mile High) so far this season, junior forward Abbey Moore-Kneipp (14 ppg) led the way again on Tuesday. She scored eight of the Warriors’ 28 points.

The Warriors trailed the Crusaders (4-1, 1-0 Mile High) by one point at halftime and 24-22 to start the fourth quarter. Though they tied the game briefly in the final frame, the Warriors could never wrest the lead away from the home team.

“We’re still learning and getting comfortable doing in those situations at the end of games,” Stoeker said. “We’re still thinking a lot like, ‘Do I need to foul now? Do I need to double down on this play?’ But if they play the kind of defense we’ve continued to play, we can be in any game. We knew we had some athletes but we didn’t know what we’d have for sure once we started to gel. We’ve got some real potential and we’re working hard to reach it.”

The Warriors will look to keep rolling along when they travel to Wheat Ridge on Thursday to face Beth Eden Baptist (1-1) in a non-conference game.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Denver Christian 31, Longmont Christian 28

At Denver Christian School

LONGMONT CHRISTIAN (4-2)

Cadena 1 0-0 3, Moore-Kneipp 4 0-0 8, Lehnherr 2 0-0 4, Gail 0 0-0 0, Stair 2 1-4 5, Robbins 2 2-2 6, Gunlikson 0 0-0 0, Willis 1 0-0 2, Acosta 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 3-6 28.

DENVER CHRISTIAN (4-1)

Lenderink 0 0-0 0, Kortenhoeven 6 0-1 15, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Mueller 0 0-0 0, Herder 0 0-0 0, Reagor 1 0-0 3, Tweinam 1 0-0 2, Hansum 4 1-2 9. Totals 13 1-3 31.

Score by quarters:

Longmont Christian

8
7
7
6

28

Denver Christian

5
11
8
7

31

3-point field goals —
Longmont Christian (1): Cadena; Denver Christian (4): Kortenhoeven 3, Reagor. Total fouls —
Longmont Christian 8, Denver Christian 10.

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