Highlands Ranch girls eliminated in quarterfinals

Falcons' turnovers costly down the stretch

Posted 3/5/18

Highlands Ranch's girls basketball coach Caryn Jarocki knows the importance that turnovers can have in determining the winners and losers of basketball games. The Falcons turned the ball over too …

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Highlands Ranch girls eliminated in quarterfinals

Falcons' turnovers costly down the stretch

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Highlands Ranch's girls basketball coach Caryn Jarocki knows the importance that turnovers can have in determining the winners and losers of basketball games.

The Falcons turned the ball over too many times and wasted possible scoring opportunities in the March 2 Class 5A Great 8 playoff game against Grandview and lost a 57-56 decision.

“Yeah, we started chucking the ball around,” said Jarocki.

Highlands Ranch led by six points midway through the fourth quarter and held a 52-49 advantage with 3:32 remaining but then turned the ball over three times in the final three minutes and fell behind 56-54 with 1:02 remaining.

But the Falcons still had a chance to pull out a victory.

A basket by Kasey Neubert tied the game at 56-all but Grandview's Alisha Davis, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds was fouled going for a rebound with 9.8 seconds to play.

Davis made the second of two free throws to give the Wolves the winning margin and the Falcons' Tommi Olson was unable to get much on a contested shot after the hurried trip down court.

Autumn Watts, a junior, led the Falcons with 16 points and eight rebounds. Olson, a senior guard who has signed to play at the University of Wyoming, had 15 points and Neubert, a junior, finished with 14 points.

Highlands Ranch had 19 turnovers in the game, which led to 18 Grandview points.

Olson and Courtney Humbarger were the only two seniors on the Falcons roster.

Highlands Ranch ended the season with a 21-5 record, which marked the 13th consecutive season that the Falcons, under Jarocki's watch, have won 20 or more games.

“I'm proud of the kids, they played like a team,” said Jarocki. “They played good solid, fundamental basketball. They really came together and played for each other.”

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