FREDERICK — It has been a tough start to Season B for the Frederick girls basketball team, but the 2021 campaign took a turn for the better on Saturday.
Hosting Mountain View, the Frederick Warriors turned up the dial on the defensive end to win 45-22 at home. The Warriors are a young team and it was their young core of up-and-coming players that paced the victory, which was something head coach Jake Hansen said prior to the season that he was looking forward to seeing.
“It feels good, definitely,” Hansen said. “We’ve had a hard schedule to start the year, but it’s good to see the girls come out on an early-morning Saturday game and play well. We were really able to pressure the ball with our defense, cause some turnovers and get some easy baskets. That always helps.”
Sophomores Savanna Staff, who is averaging a team-high 9.8 points, and Megan Majeres led all scorers with nine points apiece. Freshman Gabby Jima scored eight, junior Ali Davis had five and sophomore Laura Rosine finished with four.
Frederick (2-7, 2-4) took control early and led 18-10 over the Mountain Lions (1-8, 1-5) in the 4A Longs Peak League contest. The game remained close until the fourth quarter, in which the Warriors held Mountain View to just one point while scoring 16 of their own.
In the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Frederick boys were less fortunate.
The Warriors (6-3, 4-2) missed their first four 3-pointers and fell behind 8-0 to open what ended up as a 64-57 victory for Mountain View. Though the Warriors held Alex Hurr (23.7 ppg) to just 11 points, other Mountain View (6-3, 4-2) players picked up the slack. Mountain Lions junior Corbyn Williams, hit three consecutive 3-pointers and scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.
“I would say, offensively, that was our toughest game,” Warriors head coach Enoch Miller said. “Their press wore us down and took us out of our rhythm a little. But if we score the way we normally do, we win the game. I just wish we would have played a little better on offense.
“When we got to the point where we had the lead, I truly thought we were going to pull away. We were doing a good job of limiting their main guy but other guys stepped up and hit some shots.”
Trailing 30-24 at halftime, the Warriors made a run and led for a time in the third quarter. But the Mountain Lions outscored the home team 17-9 in the fourth. Frederick’s Izayah Elize led the Warriors with 20 points, Alex Sturn had 12, Ilan Marinoff scored 11 and J.J. Heil also finished with 11 points.
Both the Frederick girls and boys will be back in action when they host Riverdale Ridge on Tuesday.