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Lady Chargers extend streak vs. Columbine

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Chatfield tops Lady Rebels for a sixth consecutive time

By Michael Hicks

They weren’ always efficient and at times Chatfield’s girls basketball team struggled with its shot, much like Columbine did, but, rest assured, the Lady Chargers would plug away enough to win. It’s become common-place of late in this series.
Kristi Vaninger led three Chatfield players in double figures with 14 points as the Lady Chargers beat Columbine for a sixth consecutive time 53-35 on Feb. 22 at Chatfield Senior High School.
“We just wanted to come out and beat Columbine like we always do, and we worked as a team and everybody contributed. It was a great team win,” Vaninger said.
Chatfield (10-13 overall, 8-8 5A Jeffco League) capped the regular season with a five-game winning streak, not a bad thing with the 5A state playoffs right around the corner.
“It’s really nice. I feel like a lot of teams peak in the middle of the season and our team is peaking at the end right when we need it for playoffs,” Vaninger said.
Neither team actually blew the doors off with their shooting in the first half, but Chatfield, to say the least, was more effective. The Lady Chargers led 12-2 after one quarter and held Columbine to just two field goals when they led 18-4 midway through the second.
“Even though in the first half both teams didn’t shoot well we still got it done. I’m proud of our girls,” said senior guard Kelsi Lawrence, who finished with 10 points.
Emily Lachemayer added 12 points for Chatfield.
Even though Mia Carter finished with 14  points to carry the Lady Rebels (7-16, 6-10) shooting woes haven’t been anything new for Columbine, head coach Jeff Lodden said.
“That’s kind of been our story all year. We got a lot of open shots or shots right in the paint and for some reason we can’t convert. I don’t know if it’s a problem with the background or what it is. We just aren’t finishing,” he said. “We had our opportunities we just couldn’t finish. Unfortunately, that’s been our problem all year. We really tried to work on our offense this year, and we’re just not reaping the benefits of all that work.”
Bridget Snow added six points — all in the second half — and Jaylee Tait scored five for Columbine.
Chatfield started the season 4-10, but it has turned it around just in time.
“We didn’t start off the season as well as we wanted to, but at least we ended it well,” Lawrence said.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.