Girls basketball: Tori Dufour leads Frederick past Niwot in opener

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    Frederick's Tori Dufour starts a fast break against Niwot on Wednesday. Go to for more photos.

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    Frederick's Shea Chavez puts up a shot over a Niwot defender on Wednesday.



FREDERICK — All Tori Dufour needed in order to catch fire in the Warriors’ home opener on Wednesday night was to see the first 3-pointer go down.

And when the first one inevitably did fall, Frederick’s sharpshooting junior guard made a run at the program’s record for treys in a single game. Dufour finished with six 3-pointers, including five during a red-hot second quarter, to come up one make short of tying the record but still lead the Warriors to a 53-30 victory.

For a team that won six out of its 23 games last season and hasn’t had a winning season since the 2010-11 campaign, Dufour’s outburst and the convincing win were both welcome sights for the Warriors and their home crowd on the first night of the season.

“Once the first one went down, I started to feel good and I hit a couple more,” Dufour said. “I had it going and my teammates were setting me up for open shots. It wasn’t just me. I found out the record was seven at halftime so I went for it and I just came up one short.”

With Dufour scoring 15 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter, the Warriors outscored the Cougars by 16 points in the frame to take a 32-10 halftime lead. Remaining in command, the Warriors outscored the Cougars while holding the visitors to single digits in each of the first three quarters. The Cougars gained back a little ground in the fourth quarter, but Warriors junior Adelina DeSantis scored six of her 10 points in the final quarter to quell any comeback efforts.

“It’s so great to win our first home game,” Dufour said. “We didn’t have a great season last but we have three seniors and we really want to win as many games as we can for them. We played really well tonight and it was a great start.”

Two of those seniors are Dufour’s older cousin, Aspen Dufour, and Mylie Tarnowski, who combined for 16 points to open their final season with the Warriors.

For Niwot on Wednesday, it proved challenging to make up for losing the 11.8 points per game they could count on last season from Zoe Gonzales, who decided to focus entirely on volleyball this year. Senior forward Rosie Setter, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, led the Cougars with seven points and Mary Gillett, who averaged 9.7 point a game in 2016-17, scored six.

The Warriors will hit the road to face Standley Lake on Friday. Also on Friday, the Cougars will be back on the road at Erie.

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Frederick 53, Niwot 30

At Frederick H.S.

NIWOT (0-1)

Colvin 0 0-0 0, Sims 1 0-0 3, Lee 0 3-4 3, Bhat 0 1-2 1, Setter 3 1-3 7, Gillett 2 2-3 6, Storz 1 1-2 3, Lily Sieben 0 0-0 0, Marlow Baines 0 1-2 1, Sophie Grant 2 2-5 6, Elise Gillett 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 11-21 30.


E. Hurtado 0 0-0 0, DeSantis 4 2-4 10, Dole 0 0-0 0, A. Dufour 3 0-4 6, Teller 0 0-1 0, Tarnowski 3 3-6 10, Hemelstrand 0 3-4 3, Chavez 1 0-0 2, T. Dufour 6 1-3 19, H. Hurtado 1 1-2 3, Castillo 0 0-0 0, Putallaz 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-24 53.

Score by quarters:

Niwot 3 7 7 13—30

Frederick 9 23 10 11—53

3-point field goals — Frederick (7): T. Dufour 6, Tarnowski; Niwot (1): Sims.