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It's not pretty, but Palmer Ridge stays unbeaten with 25-15 victory over Discovery Canyon
You could have opened your own Home Depot with all the bricks in Monday’s game between Discovery Canyon and Palmer Ridge.
No, this one was no prettier than the score would indicate. Palmer Ridge scored the game's final 10 points to win it 25-15.
“It was a pretty sad game,” said Palmer Ridge forward Amber Turner, who led all scorers with 10 points. “It looked like we were asleep on the court.”
The game was tied at 15 until Turner’s layup gave the Bears the decisive lead with 3:02 remaining.
“I guess we woke up and we were getting nervous so we started fighting for it more,” the 5-foot-8 senior said. “The score was too close. We don’t like it that close.”
Two more layups and four free throws later, Palmer Ridge (8-0, 3-0 4A Metro) kept to its undefeated ways. Discovery Canyon (5-4, 1-1) has lost three of its last four.
“We just did some uncharacteristic things in that (last 3 minutes),” Discovery Canyon coach Danelle Rivera said. “Players were trying to put the team on their shoulders. Credit Palmer Ridge, they played controlled and we were un-patient down the stretch.”
In a game where blocked shots and tie-ups were much more a part of the game than scoring.
“We scored 22 points in the second quarter alone (Saturday) against Mesa Ridge,” said Palmer Ridge coach Dennis Coates, who spent much of the game with his hands on top of his head in disbelief. “As frustrating as it was I thought we played very good defense.
"Both defenses just played better than the offenses.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a varsity game like this,” Rivera said. “It was a war of defenses.”
The Thunder shot 12.5 percent from the field on 4-for-32 shooting.
With 8 seconds left in the second quarter, Discovery Canyon’s Kerry Pedersen doubled her team’s first half offensive-output with a 3 to close the deficit to 7-6 at the break.
Pedersen led the Thunder with five points.
The Bears, who averaged 50.9 points per game before Monday, host Harrison Friday. The Thunder, who averaged 43.2 points per game, travel to Woodland Park tomorrow.