GOLDEN — Be it the 16 rebounds in the first half — 12 on the defensive glass — or Golden’s 14-3 run late in the second quarter there’s little question that the Lady Demons came out ready to play.
Even though the team is on restrictions via CHSAA for superseding varsity and junior varsity playing time, as reported by the Denver Post, Golden played early in its 47-40 home victory over Evergreen on Feb.14 like a team on a mission.
“They came ready to play. They knew the importance of this game. I thought our girls did, but they definitely played scared in the first half. That’s the difference. They played scared, timid. They weren’t executing,” Evergreen head coach Amy Mohr said.
Jessica King led Golden (10-11, 7-5 4A Jeffco League) with 14 points — all in the first half. Lauren Chacho scored 12 — 10 in the first two quarters as the Lady Demons forced a three-way tie between themselves, Evergreen and Green Mountain for third place in conference play.
Yet, while King and Chacho pretty much had their way over the first 16 minutes they were nowhere to be found over the final 16 as Evergreen nearly rallied for the season head-to-head sweep. The Lady Cougars defeated Golden 38-34 on Jan. 29.
“I think the first half of this game we were really flat-footed,” said junior Emily Elmgreen, who finished with a team-high 10 points. “Last time we played them we were really excited. We knew we needed to win. We knew that this game, too, but it didn’t show.”
At least it didn’t until the second half. Whatever troubled the Lady Cougars (10-11, 7-5) over the first 16 minutes was non-existent in the final 16. Evergreen was definitely the aggressor, taking the action to Golden and not vice-versa.
Evergreen outscored the Lady Demons 24-15 over the final two quarters, cutting what was a 20-point deficit early in the third to within 40-34 with 4 minutes, 43 seconds left on a Ryleigh Ellingsen steal and layup. She finished with nine points. But that’s as close as the Lady Cougars would get despite holding Golden to just two field goals — and eight made field goals — over the final 13:57.
“In the second half we played really well. We won the second half,” Elmgreen said. “Basically, that’s how we played them the last time. Had we played that way the whole game we would’ve won.”
Samantha Kisiel added eight points for Evergreen.
The Lady Cougars, who will close out the regular season Feb. 22 at home against rival Conifer, never led.
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