Arvada basketball

Pomona’s comeback season rolls on

Coach Weikel, Panthers off to best start in a decade

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Freshman Abriana Ramirez pushes the ball up the floor during Pomona’s victory over Chatfield on Saturday.
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ARVADA - Pomona’s resurgence continued with a 53-41 victory over Chatfield Saturday at Pomona High School.

A pair of underclassmen led the Panthers, as sophomore Lili Sale scored 12 points and added five rebounds.

Freshman Ashley Madden added 11 points and recorded six rebounds, helping spur on Pomona’s offensive push.

After scoring only four first quarter points the Panthers got it together in the second quarter outscoring Chatfield 22-10. Pomona then used nine steals and 30 rebounds to control the tempo and action the rest of the contest.

The Panthers (5-3, 2-1 in 5A Jeffco) are off to their best start in nearly a decade and are already on pace to smash last season’s win total, league record and most every offensive statistic.

In just his second season with the team head coach John Weikel has done a great job of rebuilding a program that hasn’t finished over .500 since the mid-1990’s.

Credit junior Alexa Zarlengo and her nearly 13 points per game average, and her teammate’s dedication to the program as the catalysts for their turnaround.

Last season Pomona finished 9-15 and won only four of 16 league games. This season the Panthers are playing like a playoff team and have won four of their last five games.

Pomona will be tested at Lakewood, who is a perfect 9-0 this season, Friday at 7 p.m. at Lakewood High School.

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