The number three certainly came up big for Lakewood’s Mackenzie Forrest last Wednesday as the Tigers hosted Ralston Valley in a crucial, Jefferson County League game. After all, she wears the number 33.
This time it was the number of …
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This time it was the number of three-point baskets Forrest accounted for while leading the Tigers to a 63-34 victory against Ralston Valley. She made six three-pointers, to score a game-high 28 points. Yet, her six also helped the Tigers total 13 long-range baskets.
Lakewood’s Anissa Barela and Madeline Miller each tallied three, three-point baskets, while Marisela Perez scored added one.
Lakewood, coached by Chris Poisson, improved to 10-1 in the League and 15-5 overall. With the victory, the Tigers jumped into a first-place tie for league honors. Ralston Valley, under coach Jeff Gomer, fell to 10-1 in the league, 14-6 overall.
Ralston Valley won its first encounter with Lakewood, 69-41, back on Jan. 16. Now, with three league games remaining for each team, should be an interesting stretch run.
Ralston Valley led 8-6 after the first quarter of play but trailed 17-10 at the half as the Mustangs only scored on a pair of free throws in the second quarter by Micheala Shaklee. And, those two came with only 40 seconds left in the half and would help Shaklee lead the scoring for the Mustangs with nine points.
“This was a special game against Ralston Valley,” Forrest said. “We were working to get our shots off, and it finally paid off after our slow start. We had a great third quarter and we were able to carry over our efforts into the fourth. I felt we were playing our best game of the season against a fine opponent.”
Poisson was also quite pleased with the way Lakewood was able to put the ball in the basket in the second half. The Tigers opened the game with a pair of their three-point baskets for a quick 6-0 lead with 6:32 left in the quarter.
Surprisingly, those would be their only points of the quarter. And, it’s interesting to note their first five baskets from the field were three-pointers. The only two-pointer in the first half came with only :02-seconds left on a basket by Forrest.
Lakewood opened the third quarter, scoring on a pair of free throws by Perez. They were then followed by four more three-point baskets by the Tiger shooters.
“We just wanted to go out strong,” Poisson said. “This was actually a game-within-a-game between the girls. We’re up on top with them in the Jeffco League and we just want to keep our efforts going down the stretch. To be co-champs in the league would be fine right now, but there’s still three big games remaining for both of us.
“Mackenzie was on her game tonight,” said Poisson. “Defensively, the girls certainly stepped up in the second quarter and that, right there, helped us to really get rolling.”
Madeline Miller was the only other Lakewood player to come through in double-figures, scoring 11. But balance played a key role, too. Anissa Barela added nine points to the win while Marisela Perez hit for eight points.
Ralston Valley’s Sarah Bevington, also sporting the No. 33 on her jersey, only scored seven points, but she actually had a pretty solid game on defense. She’s only a sophomore, but one can see the talent is there.
“We certainly came out slow,” Bevington said. “Down seven at the half is not something a team can’t overcome, but it certainly wasn’t there for us tonight. We beat them by a lot of points the last time, but tonight, it was just their night. They came out strong against us in the third quarter and we just couldn’t seem to adjust.”
Similar thoughts, too, from Gomer.
“They had a good game against us and we just couldn’t seem to get our tempo up,” Gomer said. “Give them a lot of credit. We came out flat and they just played very well. It’s a tough loss, to be sure.”The number three certainly came up big for Lakewood’s Mackenzie Forrest last Wednesday as the Tigers hosted Ralston Valley in a crucial, Jefferson County League game. After all, she wears the number 33.
“They had a good game against us and we just couldn’t seem to get our tempo up,” Gomer said. “Give them a lot of credit. We came out flat and they just played very well. It’s a tough loss, to be sure.”
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