Horizon’s Kylie Jimenez came through with a game-high 36 points as she led her home-standing Hawks to a 66-47 victory over Front Range League rival Legacy on Jan. 27.
The senior got her game underway in the first quarter, scoring 11 points to lift the Hawks to a 19-2 advantage.
Horizon also claimed 22-point leads at various times in the game. The Hawks led 36-16 at the half and 49-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
The only other Hawk to reach double figures in the game was sophomore Arielle Wisne with 10. Samantha Deem tallied eight points.
Horizon, with the victory, improved to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Hawks have not lost to any of their Colorado opponents this season. Legacy dropped to 12-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.
”We came out ready and were able to force the turnovers and certainly played fast in that first quarter,” said Jimenez. “It’s been a good season and we just want to continue on a strong path.”
Deem, a sophomore, was satisfied with Horizon’s defensive effort as well.
“This is our best opportunity to go to state,” Deem said, “and we just have to continue to play at our best and strive to attain our goal.”
Horizon coach Dan Doehler was pleased with the outcome.
“That first quarter was just amazing — 19-2, wow,” Doehler said. “Kylie had such a great night and our team might know not what to do without her. Everyone, though, played hard and we just want to continue on that path.”
Legacy sophomore Isabela Valenzuela, with 15 points, and freshman Halle Mackiewicz, scoring 13, were the only pair to reach double figures for the Lightning.
“It felt that we needed a lot more teamwork together,” said Valenzuela. “We had a lot of pressure and didn’t handle it well in the first quarter. The season has gone pretty well, way better than last year. But we just didn’t have it all tonight. We have to be more focused and handle the press better.”
Legacy coach Craig Van Patten echoed his player’s sentiments.
“We knew coming in it was going to be competitive,” Van Patten said. “We came out slow, only those two points in the first quarter. We just couldn’t get on track at first. We were not able to hold Kylie Jimenez back. She’s extremely tough and such a fine shooter.”