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    Erie's Elaina Dwinal handles the ball as she looks for a teammate during Erie's game against Brighton on Tuesday.

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    Erie's Sami Erbe, right, drives in for a shot against Brighton's Kaylah Lewis during their girls basketball game at Centaurus on Tuesday. The Bulldogs were able to grab a 50-45 win over the Tigers to open the Warrior Classic.



LAFAYETTE — With such a large portion of their roster consisting of sophomores and freshmen, the Erie girls basketball players knew the time would likely come this winter when their young players would have to step up.

That time came a bit earlier than expected.

Midway through the Tigers’ season opener against Longmont on Nov. 28, their lone returning senior Kaitlyn Patterson — who is committed to play basketball at Haverford College — sprained her ankle and did not return. The Tigers won that season opener but were still without Patterson when the Centaurus Warrior Classic began on Tuesday.

Facing Brighton in the first round, the Tigers lost 50-45. The loss was the Tigers’ first of the season but second-year head coach Sarah Pfeifer hopes it was an opportunity for several of her younger players to learn from the extra playing time.

“I think we beat ourselves,” Pfeifer said. “We beat ourselves at the line. We beat ourselves not hitting the chip shots, things like that. We’ve got to get that fixed. We’re a young team and we’ve still got a little bit of nerves to us and we’re not playing with as much confidence in the games as we do in practice.

“Some of that is just going to be growing pains and getting over that hump. But some of it’s got to be some new players stepping up and giving us some leadership.”

The Tigers (1-1) were tied with the Bulldogs (2-2) at halftime after freshman Deb Altshuler went coast-to-coast and hit a 3-pointer to knot the score at 26-26. After three quarters the Tigers trailed by just two points and with 18.3 seconds left, sophomore Sami Erbe made a long 2-point jump shot to bring the Tigers within three at 48-45 but they could not get any closer.

Winners of six games last season, the Tigers didn’t do themselves any favors by shooting just 9-for-25 at the free-throw line on Tuesday night. Likely still without Patterson, who isn’t expected to miss extended time, the Tigers will play Silver Creek in the Warrior Classic consolation semifinals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Brighton 50, Erie 45

At Centaurus H.S.


Pomrenke 3 0-0 7, Bruin 1 2-4 4, Hendriks 2 3-3 7, Fleck 0 0-0 0, Lewis 5 4-5 16, Case 2 0-1 6, Byrnes 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 0-1 2, Waters 3 0-0 8. Totals 17 9-14 50.

ERIE (1-1)

Moyers 2 2-4 6, Berringer 0 0-0 0, Erbe 3 2-5 9, Barnett 0 2-4 2, Atshuler 2 1-2 6, Dwinal 0 0-0 0, Morrow 1 0-1 2, Welty 0 0-0 0, Kia 3 0-4 6, Hefner 5 2-5 12. Totals 16 9-25 45.

Score by quarters:

Brighton    17 9 7 17  — 50

Erie              8 18 5 14  — 45

3-point field goals — Brighton (7): Waters 2, Case 2, Lewis 2, Pomrenke; Erie (2): Altshuler, Erbe. Total fouls — Erie 18. Fouled out — Byrnes.