Mountain rivals split games

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Conifer girls, Evergreen boys victorious on hardwood

By Dan Johnson

CONIFER – With the stands at the Conifer High School gymnasium pushed past capacity, the fans that were willing to sit on top of one another were treated to a pair of competitive basketball games between two rival schools.

In the opener, Cara Walderman scored 19 points and Conifer turned a late two-point lead into a 10-point victory thanks to a game-ending 10-2 run. The 54-44 victory moves the No. 9 Lobos to 9-2 on the season, 3-0 in Class 4A Jefferson County League play. “We really came together after the third quarter,” said Walderman, who scored five points in the crucial fourth quarter stretch. Evergreen led 38-37 entering the fourth quarter. “We knew we couldn’t freak out.” In the nightcap, it was Evergreen that showed more composure than its counterpart as they cruised to a 57-39 Jeffco League victory. The Cougars were led by Kurt Dieter, who scored 15 points. “We’re all about defense,” Dieter said. The youthful Lobos struggled with Evergreen’s resilient pressure, turning the ball over 25 times. Up 10 at the break, Evergreen pushed its lead to 20 in the third quarter and cemented the win in the fourth quarter by hitting 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Thanks to the home-and-home schedule implemented by Jeffco, Evergreen and Conifer will meet again – this time on the Cougars’ home floor. Those games are scheduled for Feb 11.   You can read complete stories of both games in the Jan. 14 editions of the Canyon Courier and High Timber Times.