Hoops roundup: Rams stay perfect with win over Demons

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GOLDEN - The Green Mountain girls basketball team used a huge fourth quarter to beat Golden 40-33 and stay unbeaten in league play Friday at Golden High School.

Golden took a 23-18 lead into the fourth quarter but was outscored 22-10 by Green Mountain in the final period.

The Rams were paced by senior Grace Mueller, who scored 25 points in the victory.

Golden junior Maddie Murphy led her team not only with gritty defensive play (three steals) but she also added nine points.

GOLDEN BOYS OVER GREEN MOUNTAIN

Green Mountain was unable to hold onto an early lead and fell 61-51 Friday at Golden High School.

In a matchup between two 4A Jeffco teams trying to climb to the top of their league standings, the Rams took a lead into halftime.

But the Demons held Green Mountain to six total third quarter points and seized control of game in the second half.

Golden (7-5, 3-1) and Green Mountain (7-6, 2-2) sit third and fifth, respectively, in very crowded and talented 4A Jeffco.

Both teams have designs on not only climbing to the top of their league standings but also on making a run in the state tournament.

ALAMEDA GIRLS STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST VICTORY

Arvada used a big second quarter to get them back on the winning track and keep Alameda winless with their 41-31 victory Friday at Arvada High School.

The Bulldogs outscored the Pirates 18-7 in the second quarter and then used that cushion to hold off still winless Alameda.

Arvada junior Kelly Lehnerz led the Bulldogs with 14 points, and sophomore Nicole Garcia scored 12 points.

Still, Alameda gave the Bulldogs all they could handle for four full quarters. The Pirates 31 total points is more points than they have scored in their previous three games combined.

D’EVELYN GETS ANOTHER WIN

Continuing to prove themselves as one of the best teams in 4A basketball D’Evelyn defeated Evergreen 52-39 Friday at D’Evelyn High School.

Evergreen started within striking distance until late in the fourth quarter but the Jaguars used stout defense to secure the win.

It was the sixth straight victory for a D’Evelyn team that is looking to run away with a 4A Jeffco league title.

EAGLES NEED MORE OFFENSE

Faith Christian girls’ basketball fell to Holy Family 53-32 Friday at Holy Family High School.

The Eagles fell behind in the first quarter and were never able to get back into the game. Holy Family held Faith Christian to four second quarter points and the Eagles could never get their offense going.

Junior Cassaundra Rindels led the Eagles with 11 points. But her team has now dropped three of their last four games.

FARMERS CAN’T COMEBACK

Despite a second half comeback Wheat Ridge fell to Conifer 50-39 Friday at Wheat Ridge High School.

The Farmers cut a 15 points deficit down to double digits late in the contest, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

Sophomore Tasha Taylor led the Farmers with 14 point and five rebounds.

ALAMEDA BOYS HOLD OFF BULLDOGS

Alameda needed four big scoring efforts in order to hold off Arvada in their 79-62 victory Friday at Alameda High School.

After a tightly played first half the Pirates used a 26 point third quarter to pull away from the Bulldogs in the second half.

Alameda has four players score at least 13 points which included senior Nyang Reat’s monster 24-point, 17-rebound night.

Arvada fought in the fourth quarter to get back into the game, but Alameda had scoring coming from too many directions to slow down.

The Bulldogs has three double-digit scorers including 16 points from junior Elijah Turner.

D’EVELYN GETS LEAGUE WIN

A meeting of 4A Jeffco two top teams ended with a D’Evelyn 64-58 victory over Evergreen Friday at Evergreen High School.

The Jaguars took a one point lead into halftime but came out in the second half on fire. D’Evelyn outscored Evergreen 21-9 in the third quarter, opening up a big lead that they never game up.

Senior Luke Stratman led the Jaguars with 26 points and senior Chase Cleary added 13 points in the win.

EAGLES STILL SEARCHING

After a slow start on Friday night Faith Christian could never rebound falling 50-35 at Holy Family High School.

The Eagles were outscored 11-4 in the first quarter and were forced to play catch-up he rest of the contest.

Reigning state champions are still struggling to find the level of play that made them the best team in 3A last season.

Still, with league play just starting for the Eagles, they have a chance to get their season back on track.

FARMERS GET ANOTHER WIN

Wheat Ridge beat Conifer 51-35 Friday at Pepsi Center.

Despite their slow start to the season the big stage wasn’t too big for the Farmers Friday night.

After starting the season 0-7 Wheat Ridge has since won three of their last six games, with their latest con coming in dominate fashion over Conifer.

The Farmers held Conifer to six total first half points, taking a 31-6 lead into halftime.

Senior Danny Allen scored a season-high 24 points.