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Girls basketball: Centaurus climbs above .500 with win over Silver Creek

Warriors’ Mischke scores 15 points; Gensert adds 11

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    Julia Mischke of Centaurus goes for a layup in their game against Silver Creek on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in Longmont.

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    Silver Creek's Victoria Gomez, right, looks for an open teammate while being guarded by Centaurus' Page Sanchez during their game on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

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    Centaurus' Laura Gensert passes the ball to teammate Sydney Reed during their game against Silver Creek on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in Longmont.

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    Silver Creek's Taylor Mallett goes for a layup against Centaurus on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in Longmont.

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LONGMONT — The Centaurus girls basketball team would love nothing more than to give its young roster a taste of postseason play this winter, and the Warriors took yet another step in the right direction on Friday night.

On the road at Silver Creek, the Warriors won 48-32 for a fifth Northern League victory that matched last winter’s season-long total for overall wins. It was also the Warriors’ fourth win in their last five games and pushed their overall record over the .500 mark with six games left to play in the 2019-20 regular season.

“This was the first night of playing all seven teams in the league again so it was important for us to start off strong so we can follow through for the rest of the year,” Warriors junior Julia Mischke said. “We’ve just got to come to practice, work hard and carry that into our games and we’ll be fine heading into the playoffs. We’re just worried about finishing strong in league.”

Though host Silver Creek (2-15, 1-7) led early, the Warriors (9-8, 5-3) pulled ahead in the second quarter to lead 18-13 at halftime. Leading by seven points to start the fourth quarter, the Warriors pulled further away down the stretch courtesy of some timely free-throw shooting while playing in the bonus for the entire final frame.

The Warriors were also playing without leading rebounder Leesha Taylor-Preston, who is one of just two seniors on the roster and who had sprained her ankle at practice on Monday. They scored 14 of their 18 fourth-quarter points at the foul line. Mischke (13.1 ppg) led the way with 15 points and freshman Laura Gensert, who leads the team with 13.7 points per game, scored 11.

“We’re that young team and we’ve just got to keep plugging through and getting more experience,” Warriors head coach Chris Mischke said. “Now with Leesha out, we’re looking for some leadership from some new players. We still sometimes look like deer in headlights but it’s OK. That’s part of the process and we’re going to get better.”

Also a young team, Friday’s loss was Silver Creek’s third in a row but the Raptors did score more points in the contest than in either of their previous two losses since a 41-31 win over Niwot on Jan. 21. Mackenzie Larson and April Conilogue tied to lead the Raptors with six points apiece, and Marissa Bartel and Taylor Mallett each scored five.

“We’re playing a lot of inexperienced girls, a lot of freshmen and underclassmen,” Raptors head coach Ashlee Runyon said. “But every game they’re getting a little better. Aside from the fourth quarter when we had to start fouling, overall, this is one of our better efforts.”

Centaurus will travel to face Mountain View on Tuesday. Silver Creek will host crosstown rival Longmont on Tuesday.