Victory snatched away from Diggers in the fourth quarter

The Clear Creek girls led for most of the game before falling late to visiting Lyons

Michael Hicks
mhicks@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/24/21

Loralei Murphy remembered last year’s game against Lyons. It was not a pretty sight for the Clear Creek girls’ basketball team. The youthful Golddiggers fell behind early, never led and …

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Victory snatched away from Diggers in the fourth quarter

The Clear Creek girls led for most of the game before falling late to visiting Lyons

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Loralei Murphy remembered last year’s game against Lyons. It was not a pretty sight for the Clear Creek girls’ basketball team.

The youthful Golddiggers fell behind early, never led and eventually lost 53-16. It was the most lopsided defeat in recent memory in the series.

Saturday afternoon, however, CCHS, even if it will go down as just a moral victory, avenged that effort in its 47-42 loss to the Lions at Clear Creek High School.

“(Coach Emily Buikema) said that we should’ve won that game,” Murphy said afterward.

For three quarters, it looked as if Clear Creek would. The Diggers (2-8) led for most of the first 24 minutes, only surrendering that cushion briefly. It wasn’t until Reagan Carlstrom scored her only points of the game - a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter - that Lyons took the lead for good.

Even then, victory wasn’t out of reach for Clear Creek until Lyons’ Jazmyn Enny hit two free throws in the closing seconds. Enny and Avery Jay finished with 12 points each to pace the Lions (4-6). Hannah Schweiger added 11 points.

Two nights earlier, Clear Creek posted its second win of the season, a 40-36 victory over Union Colony. However, this game, arguably, could’ve been the Diggers’ best performance of the season, but senior Megan Septon said there were flaws late in the game that could’ve made the difference between victory and defeat.

“I think (this game) had its ups and its downs,” said Septon, who finished with a game-high 19 points. Murphy also scored in double figures with 10 points. “This was our highest-scoring game. I think we could’ve done better at the end … (to) work more as a team and not rushing (our shots).”

Foul trouble certainly didn’t help Clear Creek’s cause. Senior Kim Pappen fouled out late in the fourth quarter with the Diggers down just two points at the time while Septon, Taryn Howard and Campbell Hargitt played most of the second half with three fouls.

“That definitely played a big part because we were all pretty nervous to do anything. We were nervous to really fight for the ball,” Murphy said.

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