Girls basketball: Youthful Silver Creek trying to get on same page

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    Mackenzie Larson of Silver Creek, left, directs her teammates as she dribbles up-court during Tuesday's game against Thomas Jefferson at Centaurus. Larson's 13 points led the way for Silver Creek, but the Spartans pulled out the 60-37 win.

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    Silver Creek's Emmaline Hawley eyes the basket on a breakaway during Tuesday night's game against Thomas Jefferson at Centaurus.

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    Silver Creek girls basketball coach Ashlee Viveros looks at the scoreboard Tuesday while her team plays Thomas Jefferson in the Centaurus Warrior Classic.



LAFAYETTE — With a lot of players in new positions and a new head coach, the Silver Creek girls basketball team is still figuring things out early on in the season.

Through four games, all of which were losses, the Raptors feel they have steadily improved. They also feel as though they are more and more on the same page with each passing contest, each practice even.

On Tuesday night, the Raptors lost 60-37 to Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the Centaurus Warrior Classic. It was another learning experience for first-year head coach Ashlee Viveros and her Raptors squad.

“We’re young and it’s a completely different program than they were running prior so everything is a learning experience,” Viveros said. “We’re re-teaching every drill, every play. I think as we move through this season, they’re going to get more comfortable and we’ll continue to work on our skills. The thing that we always stress is that we’re going to play hard every game and be good teammates to each other.”

The Raptors (0-4) got off to a rough start on Tuesday and found themselves trailing the Spartans (1-3) by a score of 19-3 after one quarter. They were down 29-17 at halftime and lost by 23 points despite outscoring the Spartans in both the second and fourth quarters.

Much of the Raptors’ good work in the fourth quarter was done by freshman Mackenzie Larson, who went 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the frame. Raptors junior Savana Trujillo also made a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and senior Erin Jensen was second on the team with seven points.

“We’re working on getting our three-point confidence,” Viveros said. “A lot of these girls haven’t had a lot of three-point experience in games and we haven’t seen it much before tonight so it was good to see our freshman step up and hit some threes. I want to see that more out of (Larson), and her teammates too, because making shots and confidence is contagious. I think that’s something moving forward that we can build on.”

The Raptors will play Erie in the Warrior Classic consolation semifinals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Thomas Jefferson 60, Silver Creek 37

At Centaurus H.S.


Canvasser 1 1-2 3, Larson 3 4-6 13, Tyrrell 1 0-2 2, Trujillo 1 0-0 3, Lovell 0 0-0 0, McCaffrey 1 0-0 2, Jensen 3 1-4 7, Becvar 1 1-5 3, Hawley 1 0-0 2, Shaw 0 0-1 0, Scott 1 0-2 2. Totals 13 7-22 37.


Wright 1 1-2 3, Stelzer 1 0-0 2, Londono 0 1-2 1, Anadiotis 1 1-4 3, Leonard 0 0-0 0, Simasko 0 0-0 0, Clark 6 1-1 14, Gambor 1 0-0 2, Adrovic 0 0-0 0, Swain 1 0-0 0, Robbins 11 5-9 29, Saint-Phard 1 0-0 2, Pierre 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 9-18 60.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek                    3 14 2 18  — 37

Thomas Jefferson            19 10 17 14  — 60

3-point field goals — Silver Creek (4): Larson 3, Trujillo; Thomas Jefferson (3): Robbins 2, Clark. Total fouls — Silver Creek 18, Thomas Jefferson 21. Fouled out — Tyrrell.