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THORNTON – The young Stargate School girls basketball team struggled against Prospect Ridge’s suffocating defense Jan. 14.  

The Eagles only made five baskets as they fell 65-18 to the Miners.  

PRHS’ consistent pressure on the Stargate ballhandlers helped the Miners get on the fast break for quick and easy baskets.  

Prospect Ridge started the contest on an eight-point run before a basket by Cali Cottrell ended the drought for the Eagles. Stargate added a pair of free throws by Savannah Cooper and a jumper by Alondra Enriquez, but the Eagles faced an 18-6 deficit after the first quarter. 

Prospect Ridge put more pressure on the Eagles in the second quarter and opened the period on a 10-point run – scoring eight of those points off turnovers. Cooper added a free throw, and Cottrell scored two more points from the charity stripe as the Eagles’ deficit swelled to 40-9 at the half.  

Allie Lewis scored on back-to-back baskets in the second half, and Cottrell hit a pull-up jumper in the fourth, but the Eagles couldn’t cut into the deficit. Cottrell led Stargate with eight points, while Prospect Ridge’s Elizabeth Rooks had a game-high 23 points.  

Stargate dropped to 1-7 on the season and 0-2 in the Class 3A Metro League, while Prospect Ridge improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in 3A Metro League.  

The Eagles will try it again when they host Kent Denver at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.