First half defense elevates Horizon ladies to dominating win

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/21/18

The saying quite commonly used in basketball is that great defense leads to easy offense. There wasn’t a better demonstration of that saying then the Dec. 12 match-up between Horizon and Vista …

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First half defense elevates Horizon ladies to dominating win

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The saying quite commonly used in basketball is that great defense leads to easy offense.

There wasn’t a better demonstration of that saying then the Dec. 12 match-up between Horizon and Vista Ridge.

Horizon dominated in the opening round of the Creek-Ridge Classic, as the Lady Hawks beat Vista Ridge, 72-26.

Jumping out to a 12-0 start against the Lady Wolves, Horizon didn’t allow their first point until the 1:29 mark left in the first quarter. Led by seven points from the senior inside presence, Captain Samantha Deem outscored the VR squad in the opening frame by three (Horizon scored 19 as a team).

In the second quarter, the Hawks spread their wings. Outscoring Vista Ridge 29-2, full-court pressure and plenty of forced turnovers for Horizon had the talented group flying to an overwhelming 42-point lead.

“Our 1-2-2 full-court press is our bread-and-butter,” Horizon coach Dan Doehler said. “We have so much length and athleticism at the front, and we try to get teams off early. I think my kids were still very upset about losing to Grandview on Saturday, so they wanted to take it out on these guys.”

Leading the way in the scoring department for the Lady Hawks in the quarter, senior Alyssa Jimenez’s seven points followed by junior Olivia Waufle and Deem’s six had the group rolling.

“Anytime we can sit our two studs (Deem and Jimenez) in the fourth quarter, we’re doing good things,” Doehler said. “They have so much poise, and control as our senior captains and their basketball IQ’s are immense. We lean on them heavily, and you can’t replace Sam or Aly. They do too much for us as emotional leaders, physical leaders.”

Jimenez’s team-leading 18 points and five assists paired with Deem’s 17 points were all recorded in the first three quarters. Thirteen players found the court for Horizon on the night, showcasing the depth of this talented group that forced 21 turnovers. Led by the bench pieces of senior Arianna Delgado (seven points) and freshman Audra Vine (seven points), it was Horizon’s night.

“It is definitely a blessing to have 10-deep. Once we get down to the stretch of this thing, we are going to need all 10 of them to contribute. I always tell them the best teacher is experience, so for them to get this experience, whether in a blowout or a close game, they know they have played in a varsity high school basketball game. Nothing is going to scare them with the speed, tempo, strength, athleticism and I think it is important for them to learn.”

After the Vista Ridge victory, the ladies of Thornton defeated Mesa Ridge, 69-43. However, despite making it to the championship game Dec. 15 against Cherry Creek (3-0), the Lady Eagles couldn’t slow down the undefeated Lady Bruins in the 48-39 defeat.

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