D’Evelyn girls hoops demolishes the Lobos

D’Evelyn girls hoops demolishes the Lobos
Posted on 12/12/2018
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By Alissa Noe for the Columbine Courier

DENVER — The season may still be young, but the D’Evelyn girls basketball team looks like it’s been playing together for a long time.

On Tuesday on its own home court, the senior- and junior-heavy Jaguar squad made 4A basketball look easy with a 60-26 victory over the visiting Conifer Lobos. Aside from the opening seconds of the game, the Jaguars kept full control and chipped away at Conifer’s chances of coming back with every swoosh of the nylon.

Throughout the contest, the Jags shared the ball well as seven girls got on the board. Senior Tori Szathmary led her team with 18 points followed by junior Cassidy Simpson, who had 11.

For the past year, D’Evelyn has been looking to improve upon its scoring strategy. It seems to be working.

“We had to come into this year with new offenses and everything, and it was our first game starting out with all bigs,” Szathmary said. “A lot of our hard work in practice has gone into this, and it just feels really good to be able to reap what we sow. Once we put everything together, I think it’s going to be one of our strengths going into the season.”

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 6-1 after suffering their only loss during the first game of the season against Rocky Mountain. Since then, their trajectory has only gone straight up.

This year, the team has great chemistry on and off the court and holds a great basketball IQ. The girls can pass the ball well, share the ball well, and excel at shooting and defending.

That was evident on Tuesday night against the Lobos.

In the opening minute of the matchup, after going down briefly, the Jaguars tied the game up at 2 apiece with a layup from Simpson. That was the closest the Lobos got to D’Evelyn.

Throughout the next six minutes, the Jags ignited a 14-0 run to put Conifer out of reach early. By halftime, they led 41-13. It didn’t get much better for the Lobos after that.

Next up, the Jaguars will head to Erie on Saturday at 4 p.m.

“Preseason is all about getting better, working on things,” head coach Chris Olson said. “We’ve put in a new offense in the last year. We’ve got a whole bunch of new kids playing varsity for the first time, so this whole preseason is about getting better, getting repetition and building depth within our bench so that when we get to league, which is pretty tough, we feel we’ve got some confidence.” 

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