Slow start haunts Northglenn ladies in opener

Deckhead

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/5/18

At Northglenn High School Nov. 26 in the first game of the Lady Norsemen’s basketball season, Broomfield’s explosive first quarter propelled the Eagles to the 60-31 victory. In a 20-2 opening …

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Slow start haunts Northglenn ladies in opener

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At Northglenn High School Nov. 26 in the first game of the Lady Norsemen’s basketball season, Broomfield’s explosive first quarter propelled the Eagles to the 60-31 victory.

In a 20-2 opening frame for the Lady Eagles, four three-pointers (two from sophomore sharp-shooter Jaylene Young) and constant defensive full-court pressure by the lengthy Broomfield squad propelled them to a massive lead out of the gate.

Despite only two first-quarter points from Northglenn senior Kai Padilla, the final three quarters were very competitive as Broomfield edged out the home team 40-29 in that stretch. Showcasing positives for the hard-working Lady Norsemen late, it gives the ladies a foundation moving ahead.

“Honestly, in the first quarter, I don’t think the length (of Broomfield) really killed us that much,” Northglenn coach Charles Arellano said when asked about Broomfield’s size. “I think it was the three’s. No. 23 (Young) hit four three’s on us, which helped them build up a solid lead of 19 points. I know in the third quarter we played them 9-9, and the second half overall was 21-24. If we don’t fall behind in that first quarter, we have an honest attempt to at least make an honest effort out of it. Our girls gave everything they had.”

Playing almost the entire game, Northglenn senior guards Leticia Delgado, Ryan Paswaters, and Padilla fought their way through the Broomfield pressure all night. The Lady Eagles came up with 18 steals as a team, but the majority of those came in the frustrating first couple of minutes of the game. After settling down, the trio scored 25 of the team’s 31 points with Padilla leading the way with 13 points (eight in the fourth quarter).

“I talked to the girls, and we are going to win on heart and effort a lot of the time,” Arellano said. “I really think this (game) sets the momentum and the tempo moving forward.”

The Eagles, coming up off of an 11-14 record a season ago, look to make a dramatic improvement with their mixture of shooting, size, and tenacity this year. Young led the way with 16 points followed by 11 and 10 respectively from senior Steph Peterson and sophomore Courtney Wristen. Senior Ellie Keeler led the team with 10 rebounds as Peterson’s seven assists led in that category.

“I think we gave Broomfield everything we had,” Arellano said. “I think going forward to the teams that are on Broomfield’s level, we will be okay against them because of our effort.”

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