Girls basketball

Valor Christian too much for Lady Farmers

Slow start costs Wheat Ridge who got hot too late

Dan Williams
Wheat Ridge senior Carolyn Sawnson calls for the ball during the Farmers meeting with Valor Christian Thursday night.

— The mystique of Valor Christian might have got in the way of a Wheat Ridge victory as the Lady Farmers fell 63-38 Thursday at Wheat Ridge High School.

In a match-up between what could be future league rivals, Valor used a big first quarter to put the Farmers in a hole which they could not dig out of.

The Eagles soared to an 18-4 first quarter lead and despite a big second half from Wheat Ridge they would never overcome Valor’s big first quarter.

Senior Erika Land scored 10 points for Wheat Ridge and junior Tasha Taylor added seven points and eight rebounds.

The Farmers outscored Valor 28-27 in the second half, but basketball is a four quarter game, and Wheat Ridge has struggled to play four full quarters of basketball this season.

Valor got 18 points from junior Kendall Bradbury and 15 points from junior Caroline Bryan.

In addition, Valor will join 4A Jeffco for the next two seasons in every sport but football so what was a non-league game this time around will mean much more next season.

Despite their below average record this season Wheat Ridge is an improved unit from last season.

The Farmers (3-13, 2-6 in 4A Jeffco) are also very young and have just three seniors on their roster.

Coach Meg Schwiesow took on the rebuilding project last season at Wheat Ridge and although that has not yet translated into a bunch of Farmers’ wins, the foundation is being laid down for successful campaigns over the next couple seasons.

Wheat Ridge has a really good young core of players that includes Taylor, Anna Marie Torres, Susan Whitney and Maggie Hoffman.

The Farmers will host Conifer Friday at 7 p.m.