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Niwot girls struggle in early weeks of the season

Series: Niwot girls basketball | Story 2

December 25, 2019 | View PDF

Jocelyn Rowley

Senior Lily Sieben scored 13 points for Niwot against Valley on Dec. 13. She currently leads the team in scoring, with 50 points through the first six games.

The Niwot girls basketball team fell to 1-5 after dropping the home-opener to Erie 62-25 on Dec. 19. Afterwards, a clearly frustrated Coach Terri Ward had just one thing to say about her team's desultory performance: "We're ready for a break."

The Cougars will get that break over the next two weeks for the winter holidays, and hopefully it will give them time to regroup. Currently on a four-game skid, Niwot has averaged just 25.3 points per game so far this season and is shooting 26% from the floor and less than 20% from three-point range.

Jocelyn Rowley

The Niwot girls have been stronger on defense than offense so far this season.

The Cougars picked up their sole win at the Santiago's Shootout on Dec. 11 against a Fort Lupton team that Ward later admitted, "wasn't very good."

"It was a good game for us when we needed it," she said of the 50-23 victory. "It was good for us to run the offense well."

Niwot's losing streak started on Dec. 13 with a tough 39-34 loss to Valley in game two of the Shootout that nonetheless saw a strong offensive effort from seniors Nikki Sims and Lily Sieben. However, the Cougars followed that up with a 47-12 loss to Skyview on Dec. 14, and then a 46-29 loss to cross-town rival Skyline on Dec. 17.

The Cougars will be back in action on Jan. 2 at 11:40 a.m. for game 1 of the Roughrider Shootout at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown. Their first Northern League contest is against Northridge on Jan. 7.


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