It’s been a fun year for Westminster ladies basketball under coach Jeff Dennis, especially at home. Improving to 6-2 in the friendly confines of their home court Jan. 28, the Lady Wolves pounded …
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It’s been a fun year for Westminster ladies basketball under coach Jeff Dennis, especially at home. Improving to 6-2 in the friendly confines of their home court Jan. 28, the Lady Wolves pounded Pomona (8-8) 74-37 to move to 11-6 on the season.
“When we were playing Wheat Ridge at the beginning of the season in a tournament for the (Westminster Winter Classic) championship (Dec. 6), it was the first time coaching this group where I sat back and actually got to enjoy their ball movement and their spacing,” Dennis said after the game last Tuesday. “Tonight was a similar story. With these girls having played together for so long now, they know each other’s tendencies, and it’s showing all over the court.”
It all began in a dominant first quarter in which Westy allowed just four points thanks to their pressure and activity on the defensive end. Leading out to easy baskets, the home team led by 13 going to the second in part to reserve junior Lauren Graves Bonilla.
The versatile guard made her presence felt with a team-high six points in the first before adding four more in the second frame in helping the Lady Wolves pour on 28 points to claim a commanding 26-point advantage. Westy sophomore Marina Boltz and senior Valerie Gallegos tallied 12 and nine points apiece in the frame as well.
“I use a couple of phrases in my program. I have energy takers and energy givers, and that girl is an energy giver on and off the court,” Dennis said of Graves Bonilla after the affair. “She just exudes passion, and she’s gritty, tough, and she’s going places.”
Also going places is this Westminster basketball program that hasn’t had a winning record since Dennis took over as head coach in the 2015-2016 season. With only four seniors on the roster and young talent all over the place, the future is looking bright for the rest of this season, as well as the future.
In the points category, Boltz, Gallegos, and Graves Bonilla tallied 23, 18, and 16 apiece to guide the Westy offense. Gallegos also had her way on the glass with a team-high 17 rebounds and five assists. The Lady Wolves got five steals from senior Jada Parsons and Boltz as Graves Bonilla had four.
Ending the week, Westy suffered their second conference defeat to the hands of Thornton two nights later, 58-31, to conclude their 2-game winning streak.
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