LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Tigers girls’ basketball team opened the season with a pair of impressive wins, confirming the girls will be a power in 5A Jeffco this season.
The Tigers hung on to beat Mountain Vista 56-55 Friday at Lakewood High …
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The Tigers hung on to beat Mountain Vista 56-55 Friday at Lakewood High School.
Two nights before Lakewood hosted and beat Centaurus 76-36 in the season opener.
The two wins will put the Tigers in the mix of teams who could crack the next top ten of the 5A state basketball rankings. Lakewood narrowly missed being a part of the preseason top ten.
But against Mountain Vista they looked top ten-worthy behind senior Jessica Brooks’ 11 points and nine rebounds.
Brooks, who is already recognized as one of Jeffco’s best players, was a monster on the glass all night, routinely ripping rebounds away from helpless Mountain Vista players.
Sophomore Mackenzie Forrest led the Tigers in scoring recording 19 points, which included several big buckets down the stretch to put Mountain Vista away.
Lakewood got off to a fast start, outscoring the Golden Eagles 21-10 in the first quarter. However, after a late push Mountain Vista got them back in the game and nearly came all the way back.
But Brooks and sophomore Mckenna Bishop combined for 18 rebounds which were much needed in the game’s final few possessions.
The Tigers victory over Centaurus came a little easier. Lakewood outscored the Warriors 26-2 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Brooks, Bishop and Forrest all scored at least 13 points and eight other Tigers all scored in the rout.
Lakewood hit eight three pointers — two those from Brooks, who also added 11 rebounds.
The Tigers (2-0) will play at Wheat Ridge Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
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