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HIGHLANDS RANCH – The end of this week certainly was a wild one for the Broomfield girls basketball team.
On Friday night, the Eagles emerged victorious by one point at the end of a back-and-forth battle against a quality Horizon team. Less than 24 hours later on Saturday afternoon, the Broomfield girls fell flat in a 57-36 road defeat at the hands of another tough opponent in Mountain Vista.
The roller coaster sequence of events sent the Eagles from celebrating in one opponents’ visiting locker room to leaving the next scratching their heads and searching for answers.
“Last night was such a high,” Eagles head coach Mike Croell said of a 58-57 win over the Hawks in Front Range League play. “It was nip-and-tuck and such a great game. Then this was that classic trap game. We came down here to play a good, fast, aggressive team and they just ran us right out of the gym because we just get off schedule.”
The Eagles (7-5) fell behind and struggled early in Saturday’s game with several of their top players including star forward Courtney Wristen getting in foul trouble in the first quarter. Wristen, who is leading the team with over 14 points per game, picked up two fouls in the first quarter and fouled out with five minutes left in the game after scoring a team-high 14 points. Starting point guard Jessica Hoffman fouled out, as well, having scored five points.
With Broomfield’s leading scorers limited, Mountain Vista (7-5) pulled ahead 16-7 after the first quarter and led 29-18 at halftime after hitting four 3-pointers in the first half. Golden Eagles senior Mackenzie Gamble led all scorers with 15 points, Berit Brookfield scored 13 and Amy Holland scored 11.
“We can’t have Courtney getting two fouls two minutes into the game,” Croell said. “She’s the cornerstone of our team and she’s over there sitting with us coaches. We just did not match their intensity. When we had chances to score, we didn’t score. We missed layups and a truckload of free throws. You just can’t play like on the road against a team like this.”
The Eagles, who went 10-for-19 at the free throw line, had won their previous two games prior to Saturday’s loss. It was the first time this winter they had been victims in a truly one-sided loss. Broomfield’s other four losses in 2019-20 are by eight, four, six and three points.
With nearly a week to regroup before their next game, the Eagles will return to Front Range League play when they host Rocky Mountain (4-6, 0-1) on Friday.