Girls' Basketball

Rams roll over Ponderosa led by unlikely duo

Green Mountain climbing toward league summit


LAKEWOOD - The Lady Rams pounded Ponderosa 68-23 in their pre-holiday break finale last Saturday at Green Mountain High School.

The Rams used a total team effort that included getting scoring contributions from 10 different players and take a sleigh full of momentum into their break as they prepare for league play.

Green Mountain jumped all over Ponderosa early outscoring them 18-4 in the first quarter and taking a 36-9 lead into halftime.

The Rams were led by freshman phenom Delany Bernard who scored 18 points and chipped in three rebounded and three assists.

Bernard was assisted by senior Kelli Van Tassel and her 15 points and nine rebounds.

And while the rest of Green Mountain’s very deep and very talented roster are as good as any in 4A Jeffco, the duo of Bernard and Van Tassel have become a force potentially good enough to win a league title.

Not only did the unlikely pair of a freshman and a senior dominate Ponderosa to the point where they didn’t get the chance to play much in the second half.

They are both averaging over 13 points per game this season and the rest of the league has taken notice.

However, they are also certainly not top heavy. Green Mountain not only has five freshman on their varsity team but they are all also a part of the rotation.

And the Rams only other senior is Mackenzie Schaller, who is one the best rebounders in Jeffco, is pulling down over seven rebounds per game.

With the victory over Ponderosa the Rams improve to 4-2 on the season with their only two losses coming by Thompson Valley (by only one point) and to 5A opponent Mountain Vista.

Green Mountain will play at Denver South on Friday at 7 p.m.


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