Tigers over Mustangs in showdown
Lakewood takes huge league victory over RV
A passing of the torch took place in 5A Jeffco girls hoops on Friday night.
In front of a raucous home crowd No. 7 Lakewood overwhelmed No. 10 Ralston Valley in its 69-53 victory at Lakewood High School.
Mackenzie Forrest continued her breakout sophomore campaign leading the Tigers with 30 points and three steals, dominating the action during stretches of the game.
It was one big stretch that buried the Mustangs after Lakewood went on a 21-0 run in the second quarter, seemingly sucking the collective life out of Ralston Valley.
“We got down early but the girls didn’t get down,” Lakewood coach Chris Poisson said. “We knew if we kept working we could win this game.”
With Forrest running the offense, she found a way to get all of her teammates into the action getting 13 points from senior Gabby Carbone and 10 points from fellow sophomore Madeline Miller.
Although hard to believe looking at the final score, the Tigers fell down 12-3 early in the game and were behind 12-9 after the first quarter.
However, Lakewood ran off 21 straight uncontested points and took a 33-22 lead into halftime.
True as the heart of a champion, Ralston Valley coach Jeff Gomer refused to let his team quit, and although the Mustangs threatened to cut Lakewood’s big lead down to single digits the team was never able to get back into the game.
Freshman Ashley VanSickle led the Tigers with 15 points, three assists and three steals, and senior Sierra Galbreath had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“They were a little bit better than us tonight,” Gomer said. “But here is still a lot of basketball left to be played.”
Ralston Valley (13-4, 9-2 in 5A Jeffco) had its seven game win streak snapped in the loss. The team will host Bear Creek Friday at 7 p.m.
Lakewood (17-1, 11-0 in 5A Jeffco) remains the class of its league and one of the hottest teams in the state. It will play at Pomona Friday at 7 p.m.