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Girls basketball: Megan Majeres’ hot shooting lifts Frederick to playoff victory

Warriors win Class 4A first round game handily

  • Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. 4) puts up a shot past Weld Central High School's Samantha Mettler (No. 40) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Savanna Staff (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Savanna Staff (No. 5) tries to force a turnover from Weld Central High School's Lacey Schiefelbein (No. 20) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. 4) and Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) jump for a rebound during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Gwen Hanks (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Gwen Hanks (No. 1) drives around Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Megan Majeres (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Megan Majeres (No. 3) shoots from three point range in the game against Weld Central High School during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Hannah Zink (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Hannah Zink (No. 12) forces Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) to turnover the ball during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Savanna Staff (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Savanna Staff (No. 5) drives around Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Jadyn Glasgow (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Jadyn Glasgow (No. 25) and Weld Central High School's Sam Stam (No. 21) battle for the rebound during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Weld Central High School's Riley Phelps ...

    Weld Central High School's Riley Phelps (No. 22) tries to box out Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. 4) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's girls basketball team ...

    Frederick High School's girls basketball team huddles before the start of the game against Weld Central High School's (No.) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Delaney Frank (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Delaney Frank (No. 23) battles for control of the ball with Weld Central High School's Samantha Mettler (No. 40) and Riley Phelps (No. 22) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's head coach Jake ...

    Frederick High School's head coach Jake Hansen watches the play in the game against Weld Central High School during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Ali Davis (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Ali Davis (No. 24) tries to put up a shot past Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. 4), Weld Central High...

    Frederick High School's Gabby Jima (No. 4), Weld Central High School's Joelie McBride (No. 12) and Peyton Witzel (No. 13) jump for a rebound during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's head coach Jake ...

    Frederick High School's head coach Jake Hansen watches the play in the game against Weld Central High School during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's Megan Majeres (No. ...

    Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer

    Frederick High School's Megan Majeres (No. 3) shoots a three point shot past Weld Central High School's Peyton Witzel (No. 13) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.

  • Frederick High School's Delaney Frank (No. ...

    Frederick High School's Delaney Frank (No. 23) puts up a shot between Weld Central High School's Peyton Witzel (No. 13) and Samantha Mettler (No. 40) during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Frederick High School's head coach Jake ...

    Frederick High School's head coach Jake Hansen talks to the team during a time out in the game against Weld Central High School during a Class 4A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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FREDERICK — Megan Majeres talked all summer long about breaking Frederick girls basketball’s single-game 3-point record, which stood at an attainable but still impressive eight starting the 2021-22 season.

On Tuesday night, en route to a 52-14 decision over 42nd-seeded Weld Central, the junior shooting guard nearly achieved that goal as her seven 3s propelled the No. 23 seed Warriors to victory in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

“It’s just teamwork and passing the ball. My team really had my back,” Majeres said. “It feels good because it’s our first playoff win since I’ve been here and just to see how the team has grown since I’ve been here, it’s been really cool. We’ve been passing the ball a lot, looking inside. The bench has been cheering us on.”

Majeres’ 21 points behind the arc led all of the other shooters, but senior Ali Davis wasn’t far behind with 18 — 12 of which she scored at the foul line. Frederick scored just eight points off of two-point buckets while draining nine total 3-pointers and 17 free throws.

That type of production, though a bit odd in the grand scheme of hoops, was a culmination of everything the Warriors have been working towards all season long.

“They’re a lot more unselfish,” head coach Jake Hansen said. “They’re playing a lot better as a team. We have a lot of good individual players but getting them to play together has been kind of our focus this year and they’ve started to do that a lot better.”

The Warriors and Rebels took a few minutes to break off the ice that they undoubtedly brought in from the outside cold at the start of the game. Neither team was able to score a field goal until about three and a half minutes were left in the first quarter. After that, however, Frederick went off from long range.

Majeres hit three consecutive 3s to ignite her team’s offense and from there on out, they couldn’t be extinguished. The Warriors led 31-10 at the half after learning to adjust in real-time, further showing the growth they’ve made since day one.

They backed up their strong scoring efforts with solid rebounding, ball movement and defense to disrupt the Rebels all night long.

“Weld Central threw out a 1-3-1 (zone defense) against us and we haven’t seen one yet this year,” Hansen said. “It’s a little bit of an adjustment. I think we were a little timid early. Nobody really wanted to attack, we kind of settled for some shots when we could have been a little more patient, but it’s nice to see once Megan starts knocking down some 3s, everyone’s trying to get her the ball.”

Now, the Warriors will have to turn their sights toward a tough road game at No. 10 Grand Junction Central for the second round of the playoffs on Friday.