By Tim Donohoo
For the Courier
Something had to give. Columbine was looking for its first home win of the season and visiting Standley Lake was seeking its first road victory of the year on Jan. 4 at Columbine High School.
Senior Jaylee Tait did her usual damage to the opposition with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals; however, senior Kindra Koenig supplied the firepower for Columbine with relentless defensive pressure and three big shots from beyond the arc to lead the Lady Rebels past the Lady Gators 61-49.
Koenig was hot from three-point land and also grabbed four steals as Columbine erased a one-point Standley Lake halftime lead.
Columbine had the lead following a low scoring first quarter 10-7, but Standley Lake proceeded to erupt for 23 points in the second quarter. Lady Gators junior Casey Torbet scored nine points in the quarter.
The Lady Rebels, however, would not be outdone in the quarter. Columbine tallied 19 points in the second quarter behind an 11-point effort from junior Carly Perry.
The 5A Jeffco foes went toe to toe after the half. The Lady Rebels outscored Standley Lake 14-10 in the third quarter. That’s when Koenig began to catch fire from the perimeter. With 7 minutes, 49 seconds left in the third quarter, Columbine took the lead 32-30 as Koenig nailed the first of her three 3-pointers from long distance. Koenig hit another three as the Lady Rebels began a 14-4 run at the 7:18 mark of the third.
Columbine finished the game off the game with strong defense and dominance on the glass, outscoring Standley Lake 18-9 to register the victory in front of the home crowd.
Perry scored 12 points and notched seven rebounds for the Lady Rebels (4-3, 1-1 5A Jeffco).
Standley Lake (4-4, 0-2) was led by Torbet, who matched her season average with 17 points, despite not scoring in the entire first quarter. That was a tribute to the Lady Rebels’ defense, head coach Shannon Vigil said.
“Standley is a young team so I thought we could press them and get some turnovers,” Vigil said. Standley Lake had 34 turnovers in the contest to 22 for Columbine. Vigil continued, “but they (Standley Lake) are improving and I think their coach (Denise Lopez) has done a really good job with them.”