Girls hoops: Grizzlies continue to battle injuries
ThunderRidge girls coach Bill Bradley can’t win for losing.
After compiling a 4-7 non-league record, the injury-plagued Grizzlies reeled off four straight victories in the Continental League before No. 2 Highlands Ranch clobbered ThunderRidge, 74-36, in a league game last Saturday night in the Falcons’ gym.
Senior Taylor Williams, whose has signed to play at Long Beach State, is getting her timing and confidence back after missing 13 games with a knee injury. Senior center Megan Yoney broke her hand prior to the Christmas break and sophomore guard Jessica Zweifel is sidelined with a separated shoulder.
“Every time we turn around we get somebody hurt,” said Bradley. “We get Taylor back but we haven’t had Megan since Christmas with a broken hand and then Jess who had been starting but we haven’t had her the last two games because of a separated shoulder. She’ll be out five or six weeks.
“We’re having trouble getting consistency with all our injuries.”
Still, ThunderRidge (8-8) is only a game behind the Continental League leaders.
Top-ranked Regis Jesuit (16-1), No. 2 Highlands Ranch (14-3) and No. 4 Rock Canyon (15-2) were tied with 5-0 league marks going into this week’s action.
However, the standings will look different by the end of this week.
Highlands Ranch played at Regis Wednesday and hosts Rock Canyon Saturday night.
The Jaguars entertained Chaparral Tuesday.
After last week’s games, Mountain Vista and Chaparral were tied for fifth place with 3-2 league records.
The following is a capsule glance at last week’s action.
THUNDERRIDGE - The Grizzlies jumped ahead 37-10 at halftime and cruised to a 61-26 victory over Littleton as Williams had 14 points and seven rebounds.
ThunderRidge shot 21.5 percent from the floor in the loss to Highlands Ranch. Brianna Troop scored 18 points to provide half of the Grizzlies scoring in the
HIGHLANDS RANCH - Shelby Hickey scored 21 points and Madison Montgomery added 13 in a 79-35 rout of Castle View.
The Falcons hit 54 percent of their field goal attempts in the 38-point romp over ThunderRidge as Montgomery led the way with 20 points.
ROCK CANYON - The Jaguars frolicked to a combined victory margin of 49 points in easy 51-24 and 50-28 conquests of Legend and Littleton.
Morgan Roos, in her second game back after suffering concussion symptoms, scored 15 points against the Titans and Lexy Thorderson led the team with 13 points in the win over Littleton which marked the Jaguars 10th consecutive win.
LEGEND - Joey Sale had two double doubles last week.
She had 12 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to Rock Canyon and 13 points and 12 rebounds in the 75-35 setback to Regis.
CASTLE VIEW - The Sabercats (9-8) beat Heritage, 60-40, after getting steamrolled by Highlands Ranch.
CHAPARRAL - The Wolverines (12-4) improved to 3-2 in the Continental League with a 60-40 win over Heritage and a 79-32 conquest of Ponderosa.
Katrina Bacovcin led four girls in double figures with 14 points in the victory over Heritage while Dayton DeMarais tossed in 22 points and Katie Longwell 18 against Ponderosa.
MOUNTAIN VISTA - The Golden Eagles socked by Regis, 67-49, but led 42-9 at halftime in an 84-20 romp over Douglas County.
Chelsea Pearson had 17 points and Jordan Graff 15 and Mountain Vista (13-4) shot 53 percent in the win over the Huskies.
DOUGLAS COUNTY - Jordan Pelley, with 18 points, and Rachael Terbush, with 17, paced the Huskies’ 53-48 win over Ponderosa but Douglas County couldn’t overcome the huge first half deficit in the loss to Mountain Vista. Marianna Haneke led the Huskies with nine points against the Golden Eagles.
PONDEROSA - Kari Keough scored 16 points in the Mustangs loss to Douglas County but never recovered from a 45-12 halftime deficit in the setback to
Taylor Saunders scored nine points against Chaparral and Keough topped the Lady Mustangs with 22 points in a 61-40 non-league loss to Green Mountain that extended Ponderosa’s losing streak to seven games.
LITTLETON - The Lions lost by 35 points to ThunderRidge and by 22 to Rock Canyon.
Four players tied for scoring honors with four points against the Grizzlies while Stacey Zuppa scored 10 points to lead Littleton (7-10) against Rock Canyon.
HERITAGE - The Eagles (2-15) saw their losing skid reach 11 games with losses to Chaparral and Castle View.
LUTHERAN - Unbeaten Lutheran posted two more Metro League wins, beating Peak To Peak, 59-28, and downing Faith Christian, 52-20.
Jennifer Vigil and Jessica Farra each scored 12 points in the win over Peak To Peak and the two players combined for 27 points against Faith Christian as the Lions won for the 13 straight time this season. Vigil had 17 points and Farra 10 against the Eagles.
ARAPAHOE - The Warriors split two Centennial League outings.
Alex Buechler scored 10 points and Arapahoe ran off 22 unanswered points to start the third period in a 53-16 win over Cherokee Trail.
The Warriors were 3-for-8 at the free throw line and suffered a 46-44 loss to Cherry Creek. Stacie Lukasiewiz scored 18 points to lead Arapahoe.
VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles (9-11) build on a 16-point halftime lead in a 65-35 win over Wheat Ridge. Kendall Bradbury scored 19 points and Caroline Bryan 13 in the victory.