Dec. 11 at home, the 83-24 score in favor of Vista Peak didn’t display the effort and fight present of the Lady Norse. Out-sized by a dramatic margin, Northglenn — coached by Charles Arellano — …
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Dec. 11 at home, the 83-24 score in favor of Vista Peak didn’t display the effort and fight present of the Lady Norse. Out-sized by a dramatic margin, Northglenn — coached by Charles Arellano — didn’t give in to the unbeaten Lady Bison’s.
“When we played Broomfield (Dec. 2), we turned over the ball 47 times, so that is something we are focusing on in practice,” Arellano said after the game. “If we avoid turning the ball over and limit those second-chance opportunities that Vista Peak got, we can be in any game.”
Despite being outscored 24-3 in the opening quarter, a constant bright spot early and often inside was sophomore Emelyn Tineo Gonzalez. Her double-digit rebounding effort and team-high 13 points (scored in every quarter) against the lengthy, athletic Vista Peak front could be a momentum booster to her game.
“She battled all night long. We got everything you can ask from her by her tonight going against three bigs that all had 3-4 inches on her,” Arellano said.
Suiting up five freshmen after losing eight seniors a season ago, growth is a priority for this team and program moving forward. With just three seniors on the roster in Marianna De La Paz, Mallory Padilla, and Brenda Solis Ortiz, their leadership and guidance of the younger players prove to be crucial.
The best stretch of the night for the Lady Norse came in the second quarter as the home team scored 11 points, five of which from junior Iris Hernandez. Also playing well in that timeframe, freshman Saleen Jaimes and juniors Mia Garcia and Nicole Coffman played hard on both sides of the ball.
At the end of the night, however, too much VP as eight players tallied four or more points. Leading the charge, senior Seairra Hughes recorded 25 followed by 13 and 10 apiece from seniors Kaya Evans and Mikayla Jones.
“We battled tonight. We came out with intensity even though we were significantly under-sized. We battled hard, played hard, and that’s all I ever ask of the girls. It’s a growing year, and if we can continue on that path like we did tonight, we will be alright,” Arellano said.
But just two nights later against Lincoln, Northglenn clinched their first win of the season, 42-38.
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