A couple of things turned sour for Horizon High School’s girls basketball team in the second round of its Best of the Nest tournament Dec. 2.
Ralston Valley outscored the Hawks 24-9 in the second quarter and won the game 66-46. HHS coach Dan Doehler pointed to something else.
“I don’t think Ralston Valley is any more talented than us or has better players than us,” Doehler said. “We didn’t have a lot of effort or energy on the defensive end. We gave up 27 offensive rebounds, lost the rebounding by 30. When you see these numbers and we only lose by 20, imagine if we had 10 extra rebounds. It’d be a different game.”
Morgan Ives led the Hawks with 17 points, which included four from 3-point land. Zoe Scarborough and Alyssa Temple were next with nine. All of Temple’s points came from beyond the 3-point arc.
Natalie Thornton and Kaitlin Schumann pulled down seven rebounds.
Finley Timon led the Mustangs with 24 points, including three from 3-point range. Saya Sabus had a pair of 3-pointers en route to 14 points. Ciana Wilder had 11 rebounds.
“When we composed ourselves and got to some of our sets, we executed pretty well,” Doehler said. “Our press looked good. It gave them fits, slowed them down a little bit. Things I didn’t like? We turned the ball over as many times as we did.”
Horizon is 1-1 this season.
“We have a really hard December, and I do that on purpose,” Doehler said. “We play ThunderRidge Friday (Dec. 10 at Horizon), and then we go to Arizona. We’ll be battle-tested and ready to go.”
Front Range League play begins after the first of the year, and Doehler expects the Hawks to be in the thick of the race for the league title.
“There are no off nights in our league,” Doehler said. “I love my kids. We have a good group. We are super young. We have seven sophomores on varsity. Our starting center is a freshman. We only have three seniors and two juniors. The future is bright.”
Doehler and the Hawks have to wade through some time without a couple of key players.
‘We are missing two all-conference guards, Audra Vine and Britta Cardenas,” Doehler said. “They should be back very soon. We have youngsters who are leading us. Basketball season is long. There won’t be a team that goes undefeated. We’ll have hills and valleys. We have something to work on.”
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