Jan. 10 in their conference opener, Horizon ladies basketball brought everything they had to walk out of the gymnasium with a win. However, late magic from Broomfield and junior interior presence …
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Jan. 10 in their conference opener, Horizon ladies basketball brought everything they had to walk out of the gymnasium with a win. However, late magic from Broomfield and junior interior presence Courtney Wristen ripped away the victory in front of a Hawks’ home crowd, 58-57.
The opening frame began with six lead changes and two ties, including a 9-9 score heading to the second quarter. The back-and-forth punches thrown early was just the beginning.
More of the same in the second quarter, as six leads swapped hands before Horizon - for the first time all evening - spaced out their advantage to 30-24 after three, three-pointers from senior CC Denava going to the break. Sophomore Britta Cardenas also recorded five points in the frame, including a triple.
“Our three-point shooting was on point,” Horizon coach Dan Doehler said after the game. “We like to play inside-out and we like to kick it out to our shooters. Tonight was her (Denava’s) night.”
The success from the perimeter continued into the third also, as Cardenas’ quick seven points (four-point play and three-pointer) extended the margin to a night-high 13 at with 5:50 remaining in the quarter. Unfortunately, right after is when Broomfield made their run. Cutting the Lady Hawks’ lead to just four after seven points from Wristen, Horizon went to the fourth gasping for air.
It took the Lady Eagles four minutes into the new quarter to gain their first lead since the score was 18-17 with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter. More magic from Wristen and clutch three-point makes by senior Jessica Hoffman and junior Hayley Ventura landed Broomfield a 58-57 lead with 50 seconds left after Horizon had jumped out to a 57-53 margin with 1:20 remaining. With a chance to win it, senior Olivia Waufle drove to the paint with five seconds left as a controversial no-call ended the contest in favor of the visiting team.
“We know what kind of blood, sweat and tears we put in this gym to counter our size, but I have 10 kids that are super athletic, super coachable and are willing to run through a brick wall for me,” Doehler said. “Olivia is our senior leader. She put her body on the line, and unfortunately, it didn’t work out there at the end.”
Despite the defeat, the youthful group that has just three seniors continues to progress in the direction, as Doehler expected. As the schedule turns to nothing but conference affairs the rest of the way, the Lady Hawks will be tested with the opportunity to grow every night.
“I told my kids, you look at our record we are 3-9, but it’s three wins, and nine learns. We are going to learn from everything we have done so far, and we are taking all of these experiences we have had so far and apply them to the league season. Watch out for us.”
Horizon’s leading scorers included Waufle (17 points), Denava (15, all three-pointers) and Cardenas (12) while Wristen tallied 23 to lead Broomfield.
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