Girls basketball: Broomfield can’t hang on against Horizon in 5A top-10 clash

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    Broomfield's Jenna Burgesser, center, fights for inside position and a look at the basket between two Horizon defenders on Friday night at Broomfield. The Hawks snagged the victory, however, 46-37.

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    Broomfield senior Steph Peterson, right, looks for an open teammate while being tightly defended by a Horizon player on Friday night at BHS.



The Broomfield girls are tied for third all-time with six state titles

The Eagles won all six of their state championships in an nine-year span from 2007-15.

BROOMFIELD — Beginning the new year of 2019 with a bang was on the agenda for the surging Broomfield girls basketball team.

So, how about an upset win in a clash of top-10 teams to open the Front Range League season?

Yeah, that would do the trick.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, who are ranked No. 10 in the poll, the splash of victory they were hoping for slipped through their fingers when they lost a narrow second-half lead and fell 46-37 at home to No. 6 Horizon on Friday night.

“We had them,” Broomfield head coach Mike Croell said. “God, we had them. Our effort was Herculean, our defense was great, we didn’t turn the ball over much. Just right there at the end, we went ice cold all of a sudden. Sometimes you go ice cold because you’re taking dumb shots. But, my God, we had beautiful looks and they were just rimming out.”

Leading by two points at halftime, the Eagles (9-3, 0-1) were bitten by a brief rash of turnovers midway through the third quarter. After a pair of lead changes and two ties, the visiting Hawks (9-2, 1-0) pulled away to lead 36-31 to start the fourth quarter. The Hawks didn’t lead by more than five points until they began to pull further ahead with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

The Eagles scored just six points in the third quarter and six more in the fourth. They made just four field goals after halftime and senior Steph Peterson, who leads the Eagles in scoring with 15 points per game, scored just three points on a trio of free throws in the second half.

“We worked hard over break and we really thought we could ambush them here, and we almost did,” Croell said. “But now our girls got a taste of what it’s going to take to be a top-eight type of team, which is what Horizon is. We were right there for about three quarters. They’re frustrated but that’s OK because they understand that we’re going to get better and this is not going to be the high point of our season.

“I think we’re just a couple little things away from being 10-1. But we’re 9-3 now and we want to be a player like we’ve been in the past. I think we’re close.”

The Eagles won state championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015. Their six state championships are tied for third most all-time in Colorado. Broomfield reached the Great 8 in 2016 and lost in the second round of the past two 5A state tournaments.

Friday’s loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Eagles, whose two losses before winter break were by one point apiece to Cherokee Trail and No. 9 Ralston Valley. They entered Friday as the 11th team in the Class 5A RPI standings.

With another week off before they play again, the Eagles will travel to Rocky Mountain next Friday.

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Horizon 46, Broomfield 37

At Broomfield H.S.

HORIZON (9-2, 1-0)

Vine 3 2-3 10, Castillo 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 5 2-2 13, Jimenez 4 5-6 13, Delgado 0 1-2 1, Waufle 0 0-0 0, Deem 4 1-2 9, Wisne 0 0-4 0, Ponzio 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 11-19 46.

BROOMFIELD (9-3, 0-1)

Peterson 2 6-9 11, Keeler 3 1-2 7, Wristen 3 0-0 6, Putsch 0 0-0 0, Rich 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 3 0-0 8, Young 2 0-0 5, Abeyta 0 0-2 0, Belton 0 0-0 0, Burgesser 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-13 37.

Score by quarters:

Horizon         10 13 13 10  — 46

Broomfield    12 13 6 6  — 37

3-point field goals — Horizon (3): Vine 2, Ramirez; Broomfield (4): Hoffman 2, Young, Peterson. Total fouls — Horizon 13, Broomfield 13.