Girls hoops: Golden Eagles off to fast start

Jim Benton
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Mountain Vista’s girls basketball program hasn’t produced a winning team since the Golden Eagles were 14-11 in the 2006-07 season.

So far this campaign, Mountain Vista looks like winners with a surprising 9-2 record heading into this week’s action.

The usual Douglas County teams should challenge Regis in Continental League play. Chaparral is 8-2, Highlands Ranch 7-3, Castle View 7-2 and Rock Canyon 6-2.

Chaparral, which has averaged 17 wins over the past six years, continues to baffle observers.

“Chaparral is going to be real tough this year,” said Rock Canyon coach Robbie Ballard. “You think this might be the year they are down a little bit but they are always locked, loaded and ready to go.”

ThunderRidge’s 4-6 record is disappointing for an expected top-tier team.

The Grizzlies have been playing without last season’s leading scorer Taylor Williams who continues to rehab an injured knee. Doctors have released her to start jumping and Williams hopes to be back in two weeks.

Taylor Rusk, a 5-foot-8 freshman, has taken over the scoring load with a 13.5 average and Brianna Throop is scoring at a 10.5 clip.

“We’ll ease Taylor back in and see what she can do,” said ThunderRidge coach Bill Bradley. “We need her. Rusk has done a good job especially considering she is playing out of position. She’s playing in Taylor’s position so we hope when Taylor we can take Taylor Rusk and move her back and that will help us.

“We miss so much leadership not having Taylor Williams on the floor. We’re just trying to figure each other out. Taylor can create her own shots and do some things you really don’t have to practice. You have a Taylor on the floor and she has to be guarded and they have to worry about what she can do. And all of a sudden it makes everybody else’s job easier.”

To make matters worse for ThunderRidge, Megan Yoney broke her hand before Christmas and will be out for six to eight weeks.

“We’re just trying to overcome some things but hopefully we are getting better every day,” said Bradley

ROCK CANYON WINS - Kendall Koslosky scored 20 points and Erin McClarie added 19 in the Jaguars’ 63-61 victory over No. 6 Denver East.

Koslosky scored a 3-point play to push No. 8 Rock Canyon ahead, 62-61, with nine seconds remaining in the game.

Rock Canyon, with three games scheduled this week, added a free throw with three seconds showing on the clock to account for the final score.

NARROW DEFEAT - Kari Keough did her best but Ponderosa (2-7) suffered a 58-56 loss to Lewis Palmer.

Keough, the leading scorer in the Continental League with a 15.6 average, scored 24 points including three free throws in the waining seconds after being fouled.

SLOW START - Mountain Vista fell behind 35-8 at halftime in a 76-38 loss to Arapahoe.

SLOW FINISH - Broomfield outscored ThunderRidge 19-8 in the fourth quarter to earn a 52-45 victory over the Grizzlies.

MORE OF THE SAME - Douglas County (4-3) managed only four points in the first quarter and trailed 27-4 at halftime in a 64-20 loss to Pine Creek. Heritage (2-7) was outscored 25-1 in the first quarter in a 71-38 loss to Doherty.

BRADBURY STARS - Valor Christian (4-9) lost twice despite the efforts of Kendall Bradbury.

The 5-11 sophomore had 19 points in a 63-52 loss to Pueblo West and scored 26 points in a 71-60 setback to Sand Creek.

RESUMING ACTION - Chaparral, a team averaging 59.3 points per game, was one of five teams that did not play last week.

The Wolverines play at Montbello tonight and face Grand Junction Friday. Legend was on the road at Mesa Ridge Tuesday and goes to Pine Creek tonight. Lutheran, unbeaten at 4-0, entertained Lyons Tuesday at plays at St. Mary’s Academy Friday.

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