Last night’s East Metro League game between Thornton and #10 Vista PEAK was fast and furious, but only in favor of Vista PEAK. The Lady Bison played like a run-away train – nothing could slow them down and the only thing to stop them was the sound of the final buzzer. In a dominant 56-point victory, Vista PEAK notched their 8thstraight victory and improved to 17-1 overall as they look to make a significant push in the final few CHSAA rankings.
Vista Peak went wire-to-wire in this one, as they began the night with a 5-0 lead before Thornton got on the board with 4:40 remaining in the first. However, their lead continued to grow as they controlled the boards on both ends, stole the ball with ease, and came up with key blocks to prevent any momentum to build for Thornton. A 3-pointer with seven seconds to go in the quarter proved to be the last points of the 1stwith Vista Peak taking a 21-11 lead into the 2nd.
The 2ndfound both teams struggling to find the bottom of the net. Vista PEAK struggled with unlucky bounces off the rim, but a stout defensive effort prevented Thornton from posing any threat. A deep three dropped at the buzzer for Vista PEAK but after a brief discussion the officials waived off the shot sending the teams into the break with a 33-18 lead in favor of the Lady Bision.
The second half continued much the same for the teams. Vista PEAK continued to find success offensively and Thornton struggled to support their leading scorer, sophomore, Monique Delatorre. Vista PEAK gave up a few points to start the half, but then held Thornton scoreless for over five minutes before the Trojans once again found the bottom of the net.
This proved to be the final time Thornton would score in the game. The Trojans were held scoreless for the entire 4thquarter and their last basket came with 1:09 remaining in the 3rd, giving Vista PEAK a defensive stop of over nine minutes to end the game. As the buzzer sounded, the Lady Bison began their weekend with an 81-25 victory over Thornton.
Sophomore Monique Delatorre led the way for the Trojans with 11 points but was held scoreless in the second half. Delatorre at times tried to do too much in an effort to spur her team on, but without significant help, they found themselves out of this one early. With development and some extra talent, Delatorre should be a guard to keep your eye on moving forward. Junior Shamahra Henderson was next with five points but showed life defensively and was a thorn in the side of Vista PEAK at times.
Incredibly, all but one player found points next to their name in the book last night. Senior Denali Hughes finished with a game-high 21-points. Junior Kaya Evans was next with 17-points. Freshman Mikenzie Jones was in the middle of the pack with seven points, but showed great length and athleticism to come up with multiple blocks and some nifty post moves inside. Jones is emerging as a true center and is a freshman with huge potential as her game continues to develop.