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    Erie's Autymn Purcell brings the ball down court against Silver Creek in the fourth quarter Wednesday night at Silver Creek High School.

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    Erie's McKayley Green puts up a shot over the Silver Creek defense on Wednesday.

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    Erie's Jade Phillips goes up for shot over a Silver Creek defender on Wednesday.



LONGMONT — The Erie girls basketball team hit a rough four-game patch after opening the 2017-18 season with an overtime victory over Niwot on the first day of December.

The Tigers’ (2-4) winless drought came to an end on Wednesday with a 66-47 win on the road at Silver Creek (1-6), who themselves are in the midst of a tough opening couple of weeks to the current campaign.

Expecting several key players to return from injury after the holiday break, the Tigers were thrilled to pick up a win without them.

“We have a couple injuries so we’ve had a rough go at it to start the season,” Tigers head coach Sarah Pfeifer said. “We get out kids back after the break so it was good to get a win without them and get our confidence up going into Centaurus on Friday.”

Kaitlyn Patterson, who was leading the team with 14 points through its first two games before getting injured, hasn’t played since the Tigers’ second game of the season. Promising 5-foot-10 freshman center Samantha Erbe broke her finger in practice and hasn’t played yet this season.

On their defensive game from the get-go Wednesday, the Tigers held the host Raptors to seven points in the first quarter and led 40-17 at halftime. Coming out strong again to start the second half, the Tigers led by 20 points to start the fourth and possessed the ball effectively slowing the remainder of the game down to grind out the clock while Silver Creek pulled to within 10 points with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left.

Offensively, Wednesday’s total was the most since the Tigers scored 63 points in their season opener, during which they scored eight points in overtime. Seniors McKayley Green and Jade Phillips led the Tigers with 24 points apiece and combined to score 21 points at the free-throw line.

For Silver Creek, the loss was the Raptors’ third straight. Freshman Marissa Bartels led the Raptors with a season-high 19 points and leading scorer Liz Salmeron (14.7 ppg) scored 11.

The Tigers play again on Friday at Centaurus. The Raptors will play at Kennedy on Saturday.

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Erie 66, Silver Creek 47

At Silver Creek H.S.

ERIE (2-4)

Purcell 1 2-3 5, Huonder 2 1-2 5, Phillips 5 12-17 24, Harrell 0 0-0 0, Green 7 9-10 24, Dwinal 0 2-2 2, Hoback 1 1-4 3, Kia 1 1-2 3, Hefner 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 28-40 66.


Herbert 1 0-0 2, Salmeron 3 5-8 11, Tyrell 0 0-4 0, Bartels 8 2-3 19, Ibsen 0 0-2 0, James 2 0-0 4, McCaffrey 1 0-0 2, Canavasser 1 0-0 2, Nicholas 3 1-2 7. Totals 19 8-19 47.

Score by quarters:

Erie 15 25 10 16—66

Silver Creek 7 10 13 17—47

3-point field goals — Erie (4): Phillips 2, Green, Purcell; Silver Creek (1): Bartels. Total fouls — Erie 17, Silver Creek 29. Fouled out — Salmeron, Tyrrell, Bartels.