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Lady Falcons can’t contain Tatum, Limon

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By Michael Hicks

DENVER — Keturah Tatum single-handedly did in the Front Range Christian Lady Falcons in the 2A District 4 semifinals.
Tatum scored a game-high 20 points — 12 in the second half — as third-seeded Limon upset Front Range Christian 38-30 on Feb. 27 at Hutchison Field House at Mullen High School. The Lady Badgers won their ninth straight game, avenging a 41-35 loss to the Lady Falcons on Jan. 18.
“That’s the best I’ve seen her play. I’ve watched her play five games between us twice and film, and that’s the best I’ve seen her play,” Front Range Christian head coach Mike Anderson said. Tatum had only six points but pulled down 12 rebounds in the previous meeting.
Nobody else scored more than four points for Limon (12-10), which lost to Lutheran 56-30 in the district finals two days later.
Front Range Christian (16-5), which placed third after a 53-43 win over Byers two days later, went 14 minutes and 50 seconds between the first and third quarters with just one field goal — it did hit four free throws in that stretch. Fortunately, Limon wasn’t much better, as the Lady Falcons’ four-point lead was now only a three-point deficit.
“We had some opportunities from the guard spot. We broke down a little bit, and mainly we were not finishing our layups,” Anderson said.
The deficit was one point — 20-19 — with 3:33 left in the third quarter, when Limon went on a 15-6 run over the next 9:31 to open up a 10-point lead.
Janell Hill led the Lady Falcons with 11 points. Charis Courtney added nine.
Front Range Christian will play in the 2A Region 2 tournament at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, opening with Yuma (21-1) on March 7. The winner will play either Dayspring Christian or Highland for the regional title on March 8.

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