- Slowly but surely Golden coach Shea Scarlett’s plan is coming together.
The first year head coach and his team got off to a rocky start to the season losing their first three games. But since that point the Demons have turned into a different team, winning eight of their last 12.
And all of the sudden after a pair of big league wins Golden is right in the thick of a tight three-way race for a 4A Jeffco title.
“We continue to get better but we are a work in progress,” Scarlett said.
The Demons beat Arvada 62-30 on Tuesday and then followed that up with a 51-41 win over Wheat Ridge Thursday, at Golden High School.
With the victories Golden improved its overall record to 8-7. And while the overall record might not be that impressive, a 4-2 4A Jeffco league record is.
At 4-2 the Demons are tied for the second best league record behind D’Evelyn and Green Mountain who both have perfect 6-0 league records.
“Our league is pretty tough top to bottom,” Scarlett said. “But the top half is really competitive with D’Evelyn, Green Mountain and Evergreen.”
Fuelling Golden this season is not only Haley Blodgett, who is well recognized as 4A Jeffco’s best “big,” averaging over 14 points and nearly nine rebounds per game.
But her less appreciated teammates are also the reason for the Demons sudden rise. Senior Jessica King is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game, and junior Riley Sanders has turned into a force on both ends of the court.
Golden’s problems this season have come when trying to close out games. Five of the seven Demons’ losses have come by single digits.
But that also says that Golden competitive in most of their games down the stretch.
The Demons will host Conifer Friday at 7 p.m.