Girls hoops: Wheat Ridge looks to turn improvement into wins

Daniel Williams
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D’EVELYN A HUGE TEST

D’Evelyn is atop the mountain of Colorado high school girls’ basketball. Golden is in the middle of climbing that same mountain.

The two teams will open 4A Jeffco league play when the Jaguars host the Demons Friday at 7 p.m. at D’Evelyn High School.

The Jaguars (8-1) play guest to a good young Golden team (3-6) that has gotten in the bad habit of losing close contests.

“So many of our girls are just getting their first varsity experience but you can see us getting better and better,” said Golden senior Lauren Chacho, the teams only senior.

D’Evelyn has a habit of winning every game, with their one loss coming at Grandview 63-57 on Dec. 12. The Jaguars have four double-digit scorers, allowing them to beat good teams even on their off nights.

Golden leans on junior Haley Blodgett, who is a double-double machine, averaging 13 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game.

If the Demons plan on upsetting the Jaguars Blodgett’s already impressive number might have to increase by 25 percent for one night.

“We are working really hard, I am very happy with our effort,” Golden coach Mike Mendoza said. “We now need to improve on our chemistry and it will start to pay off in the win column.”

PIRATES HUNGRY FOR VICTORY

Alameda girls’ basketball is still in search of their first victory of the season and will get their chance when they go on the road at Conifer Friday at 7 p.m.

The Pirates (0-7) have several close losses this season and have not been able to close out games. Still, Alameda has shown improvement throughout the season and look on the verge of getting in the win column.

TEAMS TRENDING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Arvada girls’ basketball has been one of the great early season stories in Colorado High School athletics.

Wheat Ridge girls’ basketball is looking to put their early season struggles behind them. The two teams will hook up for a league meeting Friday at Arvada High School at 7 p.m.

Arvada (5-3) looks to continue their turnaround against a Wheat Ridge team (0-7) that is in search of their first victory.

Actually, Wheat Ridge looks a lot like Arvada did last season. Arvada won only two games all of last season and has had an incredible turnaround this season.

NEW YEAR, NEW OPPERTUNITIES

Arvada West girls’ basketball looks to use the New Year as a new opportunity.

The Wildcats (1-8, 0-2) will play Dakota Ridge (3-7, 2-1) Friday at A-West High School at 7 p.m.

A-West has lost six straight contests - but not because of lack of effort. Several of those losses were by single digits in games that were given away because of turnovers and lack of late game execution.

Still, led by senior Corey Hendrickson and her 13 points per game average, the Wildcats are continuing ti improve.

BEARS ENJOYING TURNAROUND

After going 1-22 last season Bear Creek girls’ basketball has been one of the early season surprise stories in Colorado high school hoops.

The Bears (5-3, 2-0) sit atop 5A Jeffco league standings and look to improve on that mark when they travel to Lakewood Friday at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (7-3, 3-1) are having a great season themselves, and have one of the deepest rosters in the league.

RAMS TAKING BIG STEPS

Green Mountain girls’ basketball looks to get back to .500 when they host Evergreen Friday at 7 p.m.

The Rams (3-4) have won two of their past three games after losing three straight games. Coach Rudy Martin has done a great with his team, and has them in the mix for their first winning season since 2007.

Green Mountain senior Grace Mueller averages 10.3 per game, and junior Kelli Van Tassel also contributes 10 points per game.

EAGLES STARTING TO SOAR

After dropping their first two games of the season Faith Christian girls’ basketball has won four of their last six games, looking poised to make another deep playoff run.

Faith Christian’s roster is littered with underclassmen, yet they have still found a way to remain competitive with contributions from players like junior Cassaundra Rindels who is averaging nearly 12 points per game.

SAINTS READY FOR LEAGUE PLAY

Jefferson girls’ basketball is starting to get it going at just the right time.

After dropping their first three contests of the season the Saints (2-4) have won two of their last three games as they enter league play.

Saints senior Kayln Olson is averaging nearly 20 points per game. If Olsen and sophomore Carina Wilson (11.3 points per game) can get consistent support from their other three starters there is no reason why Jefferson cannot finish over .500 for the first time since 2008.

BEST PANTHERS UNIT IN YEARS

Pomona girls’ basketball team has won more than six games in a season since 2008.

Through 11 games this season, they have already hit that mark. Pomona (6-5, 1-3) is one of the early season surprise teams in 5A Jeffco and they have the opportunity to build off their success when they travel to Columbine Friday at 7 p.m.

The Panthers are led by sophomore sensation Dominique Riley who averages 13 points and three steals per game.

Riley is aided by senior Kristen Seltenreich (11.4 points per game) and a solid bench.

However, after winning four of their first six games Pomona has dropped three of their last four.

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