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Basketball: Silver Creek boys stun Longmont to snap lengthy win streak in league

LHS girls prevail for sweep over Silver Creek

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Andrew Duquette of Silver Creek (right) goes for a reverse layup against Longmont’s Eddie Kurjak (left) in the first quarter of their Northern League game on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at Silver Creek HIgh School.
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LONGMONT — Longmont’s run of 36 straight wins in the Northern League stretches over a span of more than three years and two prep seasons. Even with teams like Silver Creek, Centaurus and others in the mix, the Trojans were able to navigate through and win constantly in league play.

On Tuesday night, that streak in the conference came to an end.

Playing against rival Silver Creek on the road, the Raptors played with plenty of energy in a gymnasium that barely fit all in attendance for the game. Using a big second quarter to take the lead and steady play in the second half, the Raptors (10-7, 6-2) pulled off the upset over the No. 3 ranked Trojans (14-3, 8-1) in impressive fashion, 66-52.

“It means everything to us,” Silver Creek’s Andrew Duquette said. “We’ve been working so hard. Everything was going right for us, and we finally put it together on our home court and showed the region what we can really do.”

A back-and-forth affair in the first quarter put Longmont in front 13-9, but it was the second quarter that changed the face of the game entirely for Silver Creek.

The Raptors took their first lead of the night on a Duquette 3-pointer and added on to close out the quarter. Multiple players scored in the run, including five from Andrew Scott that included a put-back at the buzzer to give Silver Creek a 36-24 lead at the half.

“You have to play every possession of the game,” Silver Creek coach Bob Banning said. “We challenged our kids to really play every possession mentally and physically.”

Encouragingly for the Raptors, the lead would never be in doubt during the second half. An early 7-0 run to start the third quarter pushed the lead to 19, the largest for either side on the night. Longmont would cut it to eight in the fourth, but the Raptors went on another run and killed the clock with lengthy possessions in the final minutes to get the win.

It took a complete team effort for the Raptors to get the win, as evidenced by their offense seeing 10 different players score. Scott was the high man with 14 points, Duquette scored 13 with three 3-pointers and Tanner Call had 10.

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Matthew Koelfgren of Silver Crek celebrates with students at center court after Silver Creek’s 66-52 win over the No. 3 ranked Longmont Trojans on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Photo by Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)

“We all had a good game,” Duquette said. “We played as a team tonight. Everyone was scoring. We were giving the ball up for our teammates and sacrificing for each other.”

Silver Creek also stepped up at the foul line, hitting 16 of 21 free throws attempted. Longmont got to the line for 33 attempts, making 18.

“We are a good shooting team,” Banning said. “Some of that is home cooking. We shoot free throws in our gym and that does make a difference.”

Silver Creek became one of, if not, the biggest headline in Class 4A basketball with its win over Longmont to split the season series. The win is one the team hopes to ride down the stretch and to help them rise in the RPI standings for seeding implications in the postseason.

“This will just boost our confidence even further,” Duquette said. “We knew we were a good team going into this, but this will only boost that up for us.”

As for Longmont, the Trojans still sit alone at the top of the Northern League standings with the loss and will look to finish strong to win another league title.

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Ryan Schneider of Longmont (3) goes up for a shot over Silver Creek’s Tanner Call (33) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at Silver Creek High School. (Photo by Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)

Longmont girls complete sweep over Silver Creek

A home heavy schedule in the Northern League paid off for the Longmont girls, sitting in the middle of the standings with a 4-4 record in conference play.

To close the season, the Trojans will hit the road in six of the last seven games on the schedule.

Longmont played the second game of a five-game road swing on Tuesday and, while Silver Creek (2-16, 1-8) were able to finish strong in the fourth, the damage was done early by Longmont (8-10, 5-4) to get the 50-46 win, completing the season sweep.

“It felt really good to get them at their home court,” Longmont’s Jordynn Lee said.

Lee came off the bench for the Trojans on Tuesday but made her presence felt in the minutes she hit the floor. The senior forward established herself in the paint by getting shots at the rim and working on the glass. Her play helped Longmont post 17 points in the opening quarter.

“Jordynn Lee is a candidate to be the conference player of the year,” Longmont coach Wade Kingsbury said. “None of our kids are selfish. When Jordynn has a big game or when someone like Emmelia (Ashton) is having a big game, they feed them. Against Silver Creek, we had the size advantage, so we had to play to our strength.”

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    BOULDER, CO - Longmont High School's Sally Marshall drives to the hoop for a layup during a game against Silver Creek on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Silver Creek High School's Taylor Mallett takes a shot over Jordynn Lee during a game against Longmont on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Longmont High School's Jordynn Lee takes a shot during a game against Silver Creek on Tuesday in Longmont.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    BOULDER, CO - Longmont High School's Emmelia Ashton, left, goes against April Conilogue in a tip-off during a game against Silver Creek on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Silver Creek High School's Emmaline Hawley takes a shot over Christine D'Epagnier during a game against Longmont on Tuesday in Longmont.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    BOULDER, CO - Longmont High School's Emmelia Ashton drives to the hoop during a game against Silver Creek on Tuesday in Longmont. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    BOULDER, CO - Silver Creek High School's MacKenzie Larson takes a shot over Longmont's Emmelia Ashton on Tuesday in Longmont.

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Another solid quarter for Lee came in the second to put Longmont in front 31-19 at the half. Lee would enter the break already with a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 boards.

“I just trust my teammates and I know they’ll be there for me, so I can work in there and work hard,” Lee said.

Longmont maintained a double-digit lead until it emptied the bench with younger varsity players in the final minutes. Silver Creek took advantage of playing against the younger girls from Longmont in the fourth quarter and put together a comeback attempt that got the lead down to three points, but the Trojans would hang on in the final seconds for the win.

The 14 points scored by Lee in the first half were all she would score, but it was enough to lead the Trojans in scoring in the win. Sarah Wormke hit a pair of 3-pointers and made three free throws to score 11. Ashton and Mitchell made their presence felt and combined for 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with Lee. Silver Creek was led by Marissa Bartels with 12 points and Mackenzie Larson with 10.

Both Silver Creek and Longmont hit the road on Friday for Northern League play. Longmont will travel to Niwot for its third straight road game while Silver Creek heads to Greeley West.