It took Horizon ladies basketball just three seconds into the affair to take the lead Jan. 24 against conference foe Loveland (8-6, 1-4 in conference). Sophomore Audra Vine’s layup at the game’s …
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It took Horizon ladies basketball just three seconds into the affair to take the lead Jan. 24 against conference foe Loveland (8-6, 1-4 in conference).
Sophomore Audra Vine’s layup at the game’s start and unfortunately, for the Lady Indians, this was a trend for the evening as the Lady Hawks soared to a convincing 70-43 win at The Nest.
“I think we kind of set the tone early,” Horizon coach Dan Doehler said after the contest. “They (Loveland) were down a couple of players, and we knew that. They are young like us, but we wanted to play well early. We pressed right away and pretty much pressed the whole game, and we want to let the rest of the league know that we are ready to go. We have eight (games) left to go, and our goal is to go 8-0. We are trying to go 1-0 each game and continue to build with some really good pieces that we have.”
A couple of those pieces in senior Olivia Waufle and Vine had their way with 14 and 21 points respectively to jump-start the Horizon attack. Eight others also found the score sheet throughout the night. However, despite the smooth-flowing offense showcased throughout for the home team, the relentless defensive effort led by Waufle, Vine and freshman Taite Delange — particularly in the second quarter (five points allowed) — stifled Loveland from finding any easy looks.
“She’s (Delange) a great asset coming off the bench. She’s a big soccer kid, and her feet are so great,” Doehler said. “She’s still learning how to be a basketball player, but if she can give me that effort and defense, we are going to take that. She’s been super coachable through the process, and with here being a freshman, the sky is the limit.”
Shooting 34 percent on the night, Horizon (5-11, 2-3 in conference) didn’t make every shot, but 76 shots attempted was in large part due to the extended effort on the offensive glass. Tallying 14 offensive rebounds — five of which from Waufle — the Lady Hawks flew around to convert on extra chances to stun Loveland with extra points.
“We have been working on that (offensive rebounding) for the last two weeks. You see the Broomfield, Fossil (Ridge) and Fairview games we dropped, and it was offensive rebounding. You give those teams second, third, fourth-chance opportunities to score, they are going to nail you for it. We are not the biggest kids in the world, but they play hard, they’re scrappy, and they are going to fight. We have been working on that part of our game (rebounding) for quite some time,” Doehler said.
Following Vine and Waufle in the scoring category, sophomore Sidney Wickham tallied eight as senior CC Denava had seven. Junior Peyton Noles and sophomores Alyssa Temple, Britta Cardenas recorded five. Waufle and junior Savione Young led the team with 10 and six rebounds, respectively, while Waufle and Vine had five steals each.
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