Lady Cougars hang with Broomfield for a half

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Evergreen fails to keep up over the final 16 minutes with Eagles

By Michael Hicks

BROOMFIELD — A frustrated Amy Mohr called timeout with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter with her Evergreen Lady Cougars down 13 points. The fact that she showed such emotion with her team playing a perennial powerhouse in Broomfield though may have been a good sign.
History would suggest that Evergreen had no business even being in the game with the Lady Eagles, considering Broomfield won five straight 4A state championships from 2007-11. But there the Lady Cougars were for most of the first half.
The final score — a 73-34 Broomfield rout — had more to do with the Lady Eagles breaking loose in the second half than it did with the way Evergreen stood toe to toe with them over the first 16 minutes.
Evergreen actually led by three points twice in the first quarter and was within four — 20-16 — with 2:56 left in the first half before Broomfield went on a 35-8 run between the second and fourth quarters to lead by 31.
“I think we got a little bit too comfortable with the idea that we had a chance,” said senior Natalia Aramovich, who scored eight points. “We really focused on working from the start. We just lost our momentum. A big part of that was not keeping up with the little things, which is what got us there from the start.”
Freshman Samantha Kisiel led Evergreen (2-2) with 10 points.
Brenna Chase led 11 players in scoring for Broomfield (3-0) with 14 points. Nicole Lehrer and Stacie Hull added 10 points each. The Lady Eagles scored 17 of the first 19 points of the third quarter to pull away, but not before Evergreen gained some early confidence that it could play with one of the state’s best. The Lady Cougars, unfortunately, couldn’t sustain that momentum.
“I think we’re a good team when we execute our stuff,” the Evergreen first-year head coach said. “We came out with the mentality that we could do it. We did compete with them in the first half. What happened was we started making a couple of mistakes in the second half, and it just kind of compounded mistake after mistake and we got down on ourselves. We need to do a better job of fighting through that.”
But just knowing, even if it was for only a half, of staying with team such as Broomfield was a big confidence boost, Aramovich said.
“It’s just we’ve got to stay there, stay on top of the little things. When we do things that we do the best we’ve got the potential to beat these good teams,” she said.