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Basketball: Longmont sweeps Skyline in crosstown rivalry matchup

Savannah Pohl leads girls’ win with 19 points

  • LONGMONT — Longmont's Christine D'Epagnier drives ...

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    LONGMONT — Longmont's Christine D'Epagnier drives Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Skyline's Ava Chrisman sets ...

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    LONGMONT — Skyline's Ava Chrisman sets up the offense Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Longmont's Megan Leick passes ...

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    LONGMONT — Longmont's Megan Leick passes to Savannah Pohl Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Longmont's Bre Van Dorn ...

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    LONGMONT — Longmont's Bre Van Dorn chases down loose ball Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Skyline's Ava Chrisman dribbles ...

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    LONGMONT — Skyline's Ava Chrisman dribbles Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Longmont's Savannah Pohl watches ...

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    LONGMONT — Longmont's Savannah Pohl watches her shot Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Skyline's Charlee Neb shoots ...

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    LONGMONT — Skyline's Charlee Neb shoots a 3 Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Skyline's Charlee Neb goes up for a layup Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

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LONGMONT — Savannah Pohl and Christine D’Epagnier have adapted a fruitful connection on the court — kicking, spacing, working the ball to each other for out-of-the-wash clean looks.

And together Tuesday night, they helped resuscitate an offense that had gone absent 72 hours earlier.

Pohl scored 19 points, D’Epagnier had 11, and the Trojans beat Skyline 54-34.

Using their 5G offensive connection, the two helped bury the team’s performance from Saturday when it shot just 21% in a 53-20 loss to Centaurus.

On this night the Pohl-D’Epagnier bond stood out. Often, D’Epagnier would draw defenders on a strong drive before getting it inside to Pohl for a one-on-one look. Pohl would later dig in the paint before kicking it out.

“We work on it a lot in practice, and also outside of practice Christine and I will talk about the game or talk about what game we’re going into,” Pohl said. “Just how we can play with each other to have good chemistry out there.”

With the Falcons chomping into Longmont’s 22-point lead, Pohl halted a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter with six straight points from inside the paint, spurring an 11-0 run to push the lead to 54-28 with 2:33 remaining.

For Pohl, the once brimming-with-talent freshman from a season ago, this was another sophomore showcase. In 13 games this winter, she has now scored in double figures in seven.

“One big thing is she’s gotten in the weight room,” Longmont coach Wade Kingsbury said. “It’s allowed her to battle inside a little more physically, and also just hold up longer through the course of the game. She’s also more patient about reading the defense and what they do. She had one great kick-out to Christine early in the third quarter. It (shows) her maturation in understanding the game around her.”

Longmont (5-8, 2-2 Class 5A/4A Northern League) pushed its lead into double digits early into the second quarter, using a 12-0 run to go up 21-7.

As part of it, D’Epagnier slipped through traffic and hit a contested shot in the lane. Pohl converted a putback on the front end of a 3-point play. The Trojans went on to outscore the Falcons 20-5 in the frame and pushed its lead to 43-21 on D’Epagnier’s bucket with 2:15 left in the third.

“I thought we did a really good job taking what the defense gave us,” Kingsbury said. “Not forcing the first or second option … we were way more patient waiting for that second, third, fourth person to come through.”

Skyline (2-9, 0-2) played for the first time in more than a week as virus protocols sidelined the Falcons. They postponed games against Holy Family and Windsor before returning to practice Monday.

“We won those first two games before (the holiday) break and that got them going, and then COVID shut us down for a week,” Falcons first-year coach Jason Maguire said. “Then we had Christmas break, then came back and we had great practices and the girls were feeling really good. I had them playing at a high level I felt, then COVID shut us down again for a week.”

The unideal start for a program looking for an upswing has still shown signs of progress from its winless campaign a season ago. Two early wins and a gutty fight late Tuesday are among them.

Said Maguire: “The thing is, these girls play hard. They’ve given everything they can to me.”

Charlee Neb led the Falcons with 10 points.

Barcewski leads Longmont boys past Skyline

Brendan Barcewski, coach Jeff Kloster’s raw inside standout, put together an immaculate half from the field.

In the meantime, his team looked dang near flawless, too.

Barcewski hit all seven of his shots from the field in the first half, Keegan Patterson scored a game-high 20, and Longmont allowed just five points before the break in beating Skyline 61-28.

Barcewski finished with 18 points on 89% shooting, while Patterson shot 57%.

With the Trojans (10-4, 3-1) up 58-23, the two went to the bench to an ovation with 3:24 remaining.

“Coming off the tough loss to Centaurus (Saturday), we were motivated and bounced back strong,” said Barcewski, who has been playing competitive basketball for only a couple years. “We just executed the game plan perfectly.”

Zakkai Smith led Skyline (3-10, 1-3) with 16 points.

Both Longmont teams will host Windsor Friday, while the Falcons are home against Centaurus.

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