LAKEWOOD — Green Mountain and Lakewood girls basketball teams took a little hiatus from conference play Feb. 7.
Green Mountain — No. 3 in last week’s CHSAANow.com Class 4A rankings — hosted Lakewood from the 5A Jeffco League. The Rams stayed undefeated on the season with a 69-39 victory over the Tigers.
“It’s such a valued rivalry,” Green Mountain coach Darren Pitzner said of the Rams’ and Tigers’ girls basketball programs. “We’ve got so much respect for coach Chris Poisson and coach Tony Hartsock. We’ve helped each other’s programs out with scrimmaging each other in the fall and summer. Right now (Green Mountain) has this stacked group, but I’m sure it will be a 50/50 rivalry over the next decade.”
The Rams (17-2, 10-1 in 4A Jeffco League) had no problem picking up their 16th win of the season. Green Mountain’s full-court pressure defense spearheaded by junior Jayda Maves got the Rams out to an impressive start.
“We love starting in our press,” Maves said about the Rams getting out to a 19-3 lead after the first quarter. “Our press give us the energy to keep us up and kind of drains the other team when they get rushed.”
Maves and senior Avery Oaster dominated the first half on both end of the court. Maves grabbed a handful of steals while making four 3-pointers in her 17-point first-half performance. Oaster poured in nine points in the opening half to give the Rams a comfortable 38-18 lead at the break.
“I love the way our girls start like that,” Pitzner said. “We can be really demanding on every close out and every rotation. They do it and then they go into these modes where I can just sit back an enjoy it.”
Maves and Oaster combined for 37 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Senior Morgan Falconer had 10 points as Green Mountain was able to go deep into its bench in the fourth quarter.
Lakewood was led by junior Zoe Zartman, who had five 3-pointers on the night. The Tigers drained eight 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to derail Green Mountain.
The Rams did see its undefeated record suffer its first blemish with a 12-point loss at Cherry Creek on Feb. 8. The rough patch continued with a shocking overtime loss against D’Evelyn on Feb. 11 at the Jaguars’ home court. Green Mountain had taken a 17-point victory over D’Evelyn in their first conference meeting
The Rams currently had their 37-game conference winning streak dating back to the 2018-19 season come to an end.
Green Mountain and D’Evelyn are scheduled to clash one more time in a non-league game Feb. 16 before the Rams close out the regular season against Wheat Ridge on the Rams’ home court Feb. 17.
Lakewood (11-9, 2-4 in 5A Jeffco League) wraps up its regular season at home against Fossil Ridge on Feb. 18.
Dennis Pleuss is the Sports Information Director for Jeffco Public Schools. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com.