Northglenn defense shuts down Adams City late

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/29/20

The Lady Norse of Northglenn (3-12, 1-3 in conference) looked to snap their seven-game losing streak Jan. 22 at home against conference foe Adams City (7-8, 0-3 in conference). Despite falling behind …

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Northglenn defense shuts down Adams City late

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The Lady Norse of Northglenn (3-12, 1-3 in conference) looked to snap their seven-game losing streak Jan. 22 at home against conference foe Adams City (7-8, 0-3 in conference). Despite falling behind 9-0 less than two and a half minutes in, the Lady Norse buckled down when they had to, achieving a hard-nosed victory, 41-36.

The turnaround for Northglenn began in the second quarter, scoring a night-high 15 points in the frame. Led by the perimeter shooting of junior Iris Hernandez and her eight points (two 3-pointers), her team took their first lead of the night at 20-18 with 30 seconds before halftime.

“Iris Hernandez came out and hit a couple of big three’s for us, and it really ignited us,” Northglenn coach Charles Arellano said after the game. “We have been struggling to score this season, but tonight she lit us up a little bit and helped us out a lot in that second quarter.”

The guard’s ability from the outside also opened up more lanes for sophomore Emelyn Tineo Gonzalez to work inside as well in the second, with four points.

Taking a 3-point lead one minute and five seconds into the new half off another shot beyond the arc by Hernandez, Adams City went on their run. Jumping out to a 32-25 lead with 2:40 left in the third, a mini 6-3 run by the Lady Norse cut the deficit to four going to the fourth.

That’s when Northglenn took over the game defensively.

Allowing just one point in the quarter, the Lady Norse’s 10 was more than enough. The lone basket and free-throw made by the Lady Eagles came with less than a minute to play. Coming up big from the charity stripe, free-throw makes by sophomore Penelope Perea, freshman Saleen Jaimes and Tineo Gonzalez iced the game in favor of the home team.

“That’s all we can ask for,” Arellano said of his team’s defense in the fourth quarter. “I always tell my team if you have a good defensive effort, we are going to be fine.”

Hernandez led the Lady Norse in scoring with 14 as Perea followed with eight. Tineo Gonzalez and Jaimes tallied seven apiece while junior Mia Garica tallied four.

To conclude the week, Northglenn fell to Westminster a night later, 63-21.

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