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After dropping consecutive games to 5A Chaparral and 4A power Pueblo South, Rampart, listed No. 2 in the Pikes Peak 5A rankings, has ripped off four straight wins.
In those victories, the Rams have held each opponent to 44 points of fewer.
Senior guard Macy Myers and Rampart sent out a message when they scored 28 consecutive points in a 70-32 win over Falcon in the New Year’s Classic.
“I think when people think about Rampart basketball this year they will think team basketball, and they’ll definitely be intimidated to play us,” said Myers after scoring a game-high 17 points in front of the home crowd on Thursday. “This is the best Rampart team I’ve played for, and this is the year we put it all together.”
Translation: Beware of Rampart.
Against 4A Falcon (3-4), the Pikes Peak 5A No. 2 Rams (7-2) closed the first half on a 7-0 run.
First, junior Lucia Archuleta, who is shooting better than 45 percent from behind the 3-point line, hit a 3 from the corner to give Rampart a 35-23 lead with 2 minutes left in the half.
Then Myers took over for the last 120 seconds.
The senior, who is scoring nearly seven points fewer per game than last season, turned consecutive steals into layups, giving Rampart a 39-23 lead at the break.
Ten Rams players showed up in the stat book at intermission.
“We are extremely deep,” Rampart coach Megan Leatham said. “We have 10 girls who deserve considerable minutes right now. They’re all contributing. And when (Falcon transfer Cassidy Budge) comes back, we’ll have 11 in our rotation.”
For now, Myers, the team captain, is beaming at the idea of sharing the scoring. She’ll get even more help when Budge, a sophomore who averaged 8.8 points last season, returns to the court in two games after sitting out the mandated requirement according to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s transfer rules.
In the third quarter, Rampart went all in on Falcon’s offense, outscoring the visitors 21-0.
“We got killed in transition,” said Falcon coach Rick Susak, whose team lost most of its varsity experience last season.
The Falcons recorded only five shots from the field and did not go to the foul line once in the third, as they trailed 60-23 heading to the fourth.
“Our focus was to play defense with our feet not our hands in the second half,” said Leatham, whose team committed 10 fouls in the second quarter. “Now, we’ll take it one game at a time and keep getting better.”