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Girls Basketball: Defense steps up in road win against Skyline


December 22, 2016

Photo by Ed Navarro Niwot’s Alli Mercier brings the ball up the court against Berthoud.

The Niwot girls’ basketball team returned to its defensive roots last Tuesday night, as the Cougars cruised to a 47-34 victory against cross-town rival Skyline. Employing a full-court press, Niwot forced 28 turnovers, and held the Falcons to their second-lowest point total of the year.

For head coach Terri Ward, it was important to remind the team where their strengths lie.

“We hadn’t been playing great defense,” Ward said, “so we started emphasizing and talking about it in practice.”

The strategy paid off, but defense wasn’t the entire story of the game. The Cougars set a...

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