LAKEWOOD — Green Mountain’s ladies basketball is aware of how to offer with things getting taken away from them.
It was fairly clear Tuesday night in the opening spherical of the Class 4A point out match that No. 31-seeded Struggle Mountain wasn’t going to allow the Rams’ inside duo of senior Courtney Hank and junior Avery Oaster to have their way in the paint.
“Great job by Battle Mountain to work difficult and collapse on the within and make us beat them from the exterior,” Environmentally friendly Mountain coach Darren Pitzner said after the No. 1 Rams took a 55-32 to start with-round victory above the Huskies. “Luckily we have the type of stability that can do that. They produced us gain it. Congrats to Struggle Mountain on a excellent time.”
Eco-friendly Mountain (15- history) ongoing it season thanks to some early 3-place taking pictures by junior Shea Murphy and sophomore Jayda Maves. The two put together for six 3-pointer in the opening half with both of those pouring in a dozen points by halftime.
“We knew (Battle Mountain) was heading to perform a 1-3-1 zone defense,” said Maves, who completed with a activity-significant 15 details. “We were open and we consider our shots when we are open up.”
Murphy came into Tuesday’s playoff activity with just six 3-ideas on the period. She put in a little extra time doing work on her shooting from long array for the Rams’ playoff operate.
“I’ve constructed far more self-assurance with my shot this time,” Murphy stated. “I went and did some taking pictures on my own to get geared up for the playoffs so I could knock these down.”
Hank dropped the hammer on Struggle Mountain (8-6) to close the initially quarter. Past year’s 4A Jeffco League MVP scored 8 straight factors in the last 2 and 1/2 minutes of the opening half to lengthen Environmentally friendly Mountain’s direct to 39-11 at halftime.
“When we are much more self-discipline in our possessions that is when you see these wonderful within, outside, cutting and dynamic possessions,” Pitzner mentioned. “When we are rushed we get impatient with our shots.”
The Rams had been capable to do the job in some time for their bench in the second 50 %. Environmentally friendly Mountain will have a brief turnaround to confront No. 15 Thompson Valley in the round of 16 Thursday night time at Inexperienced Mountain High School.
“Thompson Valley is pretty fast acquiring to the basket,” claimed Pitzner of the Eagles that defeated Evergreen 42-27 on Tuesday evening. “They are a tricky match-up.”
When Pitzner experienced his team zeroed in on Thompson Valley, the Rams can draw from their working experience past 12 months when Environmentally friendly Mountain advanced all the way to the 4A state semifinals.
“After what we did very last calendar year and noticed what it took, this 12 months we are so fired up and we know what is there,” Murphy stated. “We are psyched to do it.”