Girls basketball: Longmont pulls away late to beat rival Silver Creek

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    Longmont's Tara Hitchcock, center, eyes a layup opportunity on Wednesday night against Silver Creek. The Trojans won the rivalry game, 52-44.

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    The Longmont Trojans celebrate their 52-44 victory over Silver Creek on Wednesday at Silver Creek.

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LONGMONT — The Longmont and Silver Creek girls basketball teams entered Wednesday night’s head-to-head matchup with a combined 5-15 record.

One team or the other was going to get a much-needed win.

Hoping to turn the page on a rough start to the season in 2018, it was Longmont that came out on top, 52-44, to claim a valuable Northern League victory. The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for the Trojans, who have a senior-heavy yet inexperienced roster.

First-year Trojans head coach Wade Kingsbury said he believed the Trojans won Wednesday’s close game, after coming up just short in several others, because they embraced their individual roles and each player committed to doing her job in the back-and-forth fourth quarter.

“We’ve been close a lot of nights,” Kingsbury said. “The second weekend of the season, we played down at the D’Evelyn Jungle Jam. We lost on basically a buzzer-beater free throw the second night and gave up a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter on night three. So we’ve had a lot of close ones and we really could have five or six wins instead of three. Even last night at Thompson Valley, it was back-and-forth in the fourth quarter but we just didn’t close.

“The difference tonight is that we closed.”

Silver Creek (3-8, 1-1) led 41-40 with 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter courtesy of a Mackenzie Larson free throw that put them ahead. With a chance to tie or take the lead on the next possession, Longmont’s Tara Hitchcock made the first free-throw of a 1-and-1 to put the Trojans (3-8, 1-1) back in the lead with 2:25 left in the game.

Hitchcock missed the second free throw but rebounded her own miss. Her second-chance shot also missed, but teammate Bergen Ingvaldsen got the rebound. Ingvaldsen missed her own put-back attempt but rebounded the shot and didn’t miss the second. The senior forward was fouled and made the resulting free throw to put the Trojans up four.

This time, they held on for the win.

“We just continued to believe,” Kingsbury said. “We only have one returning varsity player but we still think we can win the conference. We have to finish games and we’ve talked about how our attitude has to not just be that we’re going to win, but that we’re going to dominate.”

Silver Creek will host Greeley Central on Friday in what will be their sixth in a span of nine straight home games. In the midst of a four-game road stretch to open the new year, Longmont will play at Niwot on Friday.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

 

Longmont 52, Silver Creek 44

At Silver Creek H.S.

LONGMONT (3-8, 1-1)

Sanchez 0 1-3 1, Moist 0 0-0 0, Gray 0 3-4 3, Wetterstrom 5 1-2 11, Hitchcock 6 4-11 16, Wormke 0 7-10 7, Dillow 0 1-2 1, Carson 0 3-6 3, Lee 2 0-0 4, Ingvaldsen 2 1-1 5. Totals 15 21-39 52.

SILVER CREEK (3-8, 1-1)

Canvasser 2 5-8 9, Larson 2 7-8 12, Tyrell 4 3-6 12, Trujillo 1 0-0 2, McCaffrey 2 1-2 6, Jensen 1 0-1 2, Becvar 0 1-2 1, Howley 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 17-27 44.

Score by quarters:

Longmont               8 11 14 19  — 52

Silver Creek            7 16 7 14  — 44

3-point field goals — Longmont (0): None; Silver Creek (3): Larson, McCaffrey, Tyrell. Total fouls — Longmont 25, Silver Creek 28. Fouled out — Wetterstrom, Becvar, Larson.