Ralston Valley girls’ basketball started the front half of what turned out to be a boys and girls sweep in the latest version of the battle for Arvada, in their 54-27 victory over Arvada West Thursday at Ralston Valley High School.
As usual the scrappy but rebuilding Wildcats played their hearts out but they were going against one of Jeffco’s best in the Mustangs.
And Ralston Valley put on not only an offensive clinic but they never allowed A-West to score more than eight points in any of their four quarters.
All four of the Mustangs seniors produced, but it was freshman Ashley VanSickle who scored a game-high 18 points to go with her seven rebounds and six assists.
Ralston Valley senior Sierra Galbreath scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds, and senior Chantal Jacobs has eight points and four assists.
“We have a good mix of young players to go along with our four seniors but we need to play good every night because these league games are so important,” Ralston Valley coach Jeff Gomer said.
The win was the Mustangs ninth in their last 10 games.
Arvada West has now lost six straight games. However, the team has dramatically improved since the beginning of the season for a variety of reasons.
Their improvement is not showing in the win column but Joe Bahl’s passionate brand of coaching, a rededication and commitment to the program from players and parents, and flat out hard word has the Wildcats trending upward.
And despite A-West’s 1-13 overall record (1-7 in 5A Jeffco) in five of those losses the Wildcats had a chance to win late in the game.
Sooner rather than later the Wildcats should start to be rewarded for their hard work in the standings.
Ralston Valley (12-3, 8-1 in 5A Jeffco) on the other hand has turned into a juggernaut this season. But they will need to maintain their current high level of play because they are still looking up to Lakewood (15-1, 9-0 in 5A Jeffco) in the standings.
The Mustangs will play a crucial league match Friday at Lakewood at 7 p.m.
A-West will host Bear Creek Friday at 7 p.m.