Lakewood girls fall short with quarterfinal loss

Team loses only one senior, looks to do better next year

Posted 3/9/15

Broomfield’s 65-39 romp over Lakewood in a Class 5A girls Great 8 basketball game March 6 at the Denver Coliseum was painful.

However, all Tigers coach Chris Poisson had to do was look at his roster and he started to feel a little …

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Lakewood girls fall short with quarterfinal loss

Team loses only one senior, looks to do better next year

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Broomfield’s 65-39 romp over Lakewood in a Class 5A girls Great 8 basketball game March 6 at the Denver Coliseum was painful.

However, all Tigers coach Chris Poisson had to do was look at his roster and he started to feel a little better.

Lakewood, the Jefferson County League champions, finished the campaign with a 20-6 record with a team that had seven juniors, one sophomore, three freshmen and just one senior.

“That helps a little bit on the pain,” said Poisson. “It takes the sting off a bit, but you still didn’t want the season to end.

“Two years in a row, we were back-to-back league champs, but we can get better and we have everybody back. They need to learn from this loss.”

Lakewood held a 17-13 lead with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter, but the Eagles went on an 18-4 run to grab a 31-21 halftime lead.

“In the second quarter, they had a great run,” Poisson said. “Our passing got really slow. We had lazy passes, and if you do that to them they are going to make you pay.

“In that run, our movement was less, we weren’t flashing to get their attention. They savor that, they look for that. It’s a credit to them, they’re so darn good.”

Lakewood pulled to within nine points with 3:18 remaining in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Marisela Perez, but the Eagles scored 10 of the game’s next 12 points and then coasted in the final eight minutes.

“The first half, we played 12 great minutes and four bad minutes, and there’s the ball game,” said Poisson. “In the second half it was kind of the same. We played less good minutes.

“They’re great kids and they want to win. It gives us something to build off of.”

McKenna Bishop, a 6-foot junior, led the Tigers against Broomfield with 14 points and nine rebounds. Perez finished with eight points.

Lakewood committed 23 turnovers and was outrebounded 36-20 by the Eagles.

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