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Elmgreen, Lady Cougars charge past rival Conifer

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Evergreen rallies after an early deficit

By Michael Hicks

Emily Elmgreen wasn’t about to take credit for her career-high 33 points. Instead, the Evergreen senior deferred the accolades to her teammates, who drove the lane before dishing the ball off to her. That’s why she went off for 24 points in the second half in the host Lady Cougars’ 67-45 girls basketball conquest of Conifer on Jan. 24.
“(They) were cluttering up the defense, and it left me wide open. I had plenty of time” to get her feet set and square up for shots, Elmgreen said.
She made five of her six 3-pointers over the final two quarters as Evergreen (9-6 overall, 5-4 4A Jeffco League) outscored the Lady Lobos 40-16 to win for the third in four games.
“Honestly, we just decided to dig in. We weren’t going to let them score any more. We were sick and tired of it,” Elmgreen said. “The third quarter has been our weakest quarter all season long. We wanted to really step up and shut them down, especially in the third quarter.”
But, in truth, Evergreen took control in the second quarter. Conifer jumped out to a 9-0 lead and went ahead 20-9 early in the second quarter before the Lady Cougars rallied. Evergreen went on an 18-9 run to close the first half down 29-27 and held the Lady Lobos without a field goal for 12 minutes, 5 seconds between the second and fourth quarters.
The Lady Cougars scored 24 consecutive points between the second and third quarters.
“I feel like we weren’t all working as a team in the second half, but in the first half we did pretty well,” said Conifer’s Kirstin Hafeman, who led the Lady Lobos with 18 points — 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter. “If we carry that on, then we’ll be doing well the rest of the season.”
Becca Hammon scored 10 points in the first half for Conifer (7-8, 2-4), but the team’s leading scorer was held to just two free throws in the third quarter.
Maddy Elrod added nine points for Conifer.
Eight players scored for Evergreen, including eight points from Samantha Kisiel and six each from Hannah Orr and Annie Trimarco.

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Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.