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Columbine boxes out Chatfield guard for its first win over its rival since 2010

By Michael Hicks

It took until the second quarter, but the Columbine Lady Rebels found Kate Gelston. The Chatfield Senior 3-point shooter was lighting it up from beyond the arc until Columbine went with a box-and-one defense to rein her in. Once the Lady Rebels did that, Chatfield’s offense was held in check, and Columbine’s offense came into its own.
Carly Perry and Bridget Snow combined for 28 points, and eight players scored in all for the Lady Rebels (8-6, 5-3 5A Jeffco League) as they posted a 53-38 victory over host Chatfield on Jan. 22. The win stretched Columbine’s winning streak to four games, though the Lady Rebels had that run snapped three days later with a 61-26 loss at Mountain Vista. It also ended a six-game slide to Chatfield, which hadn’t lost to Columbine since a 53-51 setback on Feb. 9, 2010.
“It’s a big win for us. It’s really exciting,” said Perry, who finished with a game-high 18 points. Snow added 10, while Tatum Barton scored nine.
Columbine’s recent losing streak to the Lady Chargers certainly proved to be a motivator in this one, Lady Rebels head coach Shannon Vigil said.
“It definitely did. This is a big game for our kids. It always is every year no matter what,” she said. “I think we were a little nervous. In the first half, we didn’t have the defensive assignment quite right. But we definitely wanted to win. The girls showed that in the second half.”
Columbine scored the game’s first 10 points before Chatfield retaliated with 11 consecutive points of its own. The teams proceeded to trade the lead nine times over the next eight minutes before the Lady Rebels, behind Perry’s only 3-pointer of the game, took the lead for good at 30-28 with 37.7 seconds remaining in the first half.
Perry’s trey was part of a 10-2 half-ending run by Columbine, which stretched that to a 19-3 spurt by early in the third quarter to go ahead 41-29. The lead eventually grew to 18 points early in the fourth quarter.
“We talked about it at halftime in the locker room. We decided to change from a press to a full-court man, and it helped us to pick up the intensity both on offense and on defense,” Perry said.
Chatfield never got closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.
“I think we just needed to come out with more energy and stay more positive about our game,” said Gelston, who scored a team-high 11 points — all in the first half. Jessica Jarecki added nine points, and Emily Lachenmeyer scored eight for Chatfield (2-13, 0-8), which has now lost 12 straight.

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