Not a lot of times can you say that when a defense holds the opposition to 21 percent from the field and forces 40 turnovers they don’t win handily. This assumption stayed true for Northglenn …
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Not a lot of times can you say that when a defense holds the opposition to 21 percent from the field and forces 40 turnovers they don’t win handily.
This assumption stayed true for Northglenn ladies basketball (6-15, 4-4 in conference) Feb. 11 as the Norse ran Gateway (1-19, 0-8 in conference) out of the building with a convincing 57-19 victory on Senior Night.
The first three minutes of the contest began shakily for the home team, scoring just two points and struggling offensively near the basket. However, a 15-2 run the final five minutes of the frame put the game well in the hands of Northglenn. Gateway didn’t score their first points of the game until the 3:07 mark in the quarter.
“I think early on we were playing the passing lanes very well, got a couple of easy turnovers, easy buckets and we built some momentum,” Northglenn coach Charles Arellano said. Today, we finished those layups and got some confidence going.”
The confidence didn’t end in the opening quarter, as the Lady Norse followed with another 17-point frame, thriving off of their excellent zone defense, turning into easy offense. Leading the charge in the fast break, senior guards Leticia Delgado, Ryan Paswaters, and Kai Padilla had their way combining for 26 of the team’s 34 points.
Gateway never found any kind rhythm offensively, even in the second half as six of the group’s 13 second-half points came from junior Kaushnic Noble (finished with team-high eight points). Outscoring the Lady Olympians by herself on the night, Paswaters poured in 12 second-half points and ended the night with 23 points —- leaving her mark in her final home game.
“She’s a special player. Ryan will do anything I ask her to do,” Arellano said. “The last couple of games she has struggled a little bit, and it was nice to see her at a home game, on Senior Night, fill the bucket up. I’m really proud of her.”
Following in buckets, four of the other six Lady Norse seniors found themselves in the scoring sheet. Padilla and Delgado recorded 15 and nine points respectively as Padilla also led the team with eight assists on the night. In the rebounding category, another senior, Nariana Nealy, led Northglenn with 10 rebounds. Nealy (5), Padilla (4) and Paswaters (4) also accounted for 13 of the team’s 18 steals. This senior class of Angela Ibarra Montenegro, Melina Townsend, Devina Young, Delgado, Padilla, Paswaters, and Nealy meant a lot on the season, and in the night for this program.
“They’re everything to the program,” Arellano said postgame with a smile. “They lead by example, and it’s going to be hard fill in for all seven of them. It’s going to be tough.”
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