To wrap up the regular season Feb. 21, the Northglenn gymnasium was packed-out for the matchup between cross-town rival Thornton. Despite both teams not playing their cleanest games of the season, …
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To wrap up the regular season Feb. 21, the Northglenn gymnasium was packed-out for the matchup between cross-town rival Thornton. Despite both teams not playing their cleanest games of the season, the two sides battled hard as the Lady Trojans eventually prevailed with the 42-25 victory.
“It feels great,” Thornton coach Khari Wallace said of defeating their rival. “Going into the game, we watched a lot of film on them, and I told the girls no matter what we do, we have to approach this game as a rival game. The intensity is higher, and they want to come out and play as well as us, so just matching their intensity level or even go higher.”
Northglenn brought relentless effort in the opening quarter holding Thornton senior star Shamahra Henderson to three points in the opening frame to trail by just an 8-6 score. Finding a rhythm in the second, Henderson and sophomore Kathrine Prado recorded five and seven points apiece to push their lead over the Lady Norse to 22-12 going to the break.
However, only eight points allowed in the third by the home team kept them in the affair despite only finding six points themselves. Constant pressure from sophomore Emelyn Tineo Gonzalez and junior Nicole Coffman on the interior of the Northglenn defense held Henderson in check to only six second-half points. But six points from Thornton junior guard Monique Delatorre in the third kept the road team at a comfortable margin heading to the fourth.
Four Lady Trojans in Delatorre, Henderson, and seniors Jade Valdez and Zandria Roy found the scoresheet in the final quarter as Northglenn tallied three in Coffman, junior Mia Garcia, and freshman Saleen Jaimes. Claiming their 19th win in 23 tries this season (10-1 in conference), the Lady Trojans will have a share in the 5A/4A East Metro Title.
“What we try to take away from games like this is to never quit. Keep fighting even when shots are just not falling and keep battling in other ways such as defensively and on the boards,” Wallace said. “This kind of intensity is how you want to come out and play every night no matter who we are playing. That’s what we want to take to the next game.”
Thornton as the No. 24 seed in the 5A state tournament will host No. 41 Dakota Ridge Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
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