Girls basketball: Trojans aiming to improve after lopsided losses


BRIGHTON -- Thornton's first two games in the inaugural Nate Howard Memorial Basketball Tournament did not go well for the Trojans.

Greeley Centra;l beat THS by 49 points Dec. 2, and Poudre outscored THS by 60 in a consolation round game Dec. 3.

"The ladies played hard. We're definitely inexperienced," said THS coach Tate Drane. "There's only one way to get better, and that's to keep fighting. They are very aggressive. We just need more time."

No stats were available for the Dec. 2 game against the Wildcats. Junior guard Madison Ault scored three points in the Dec. 3 game against the Impalas. Cynthia Hagerty added the other two points.

Of the 10 players on Thornton's roster, only one -- Jasmine Jackson -- is a senior. Five of the other players are underclassmen.

"She (Jackson) has been a great leader," Drane said. "Long-term looks great, as long as the girls keep buying in and keep trying and come together, we're going to be pretty good."

THS finishes up play this weekend at the annual Centaurus High School tournament. The Trojans' next game is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9. Time and opponent were not available at press time. After taking time away for the holidays, Thornton returns to action against Boulder Tuesday, Jan. 4.

"We're very fast, quick," Drane said. "We're very aggressive on defense. Weaknesses? We don't have a 6-foot-5 person, you know? We're trying to play to our strengths, which is being fast."

Drane said on occasion, the Trojans tend to play a little too fast.

"It plays into the inexperience," he said. "But the more times you get on the court, people will calm down a little. We won't play hot potato as much. The girls are getting more confident every time they are out there. More experience and effort, they'll be fine."

Thornton High School girls basketball, Tate Drane, Madison Ault, Cynthia Hagerty, Jasmine Jackson


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