*Reposting some of my clips from life as a sports reporter as I find them. These are exactly as they appeared in print/online minus photos.
Printed in the Rocky Mountain News – December 10, 1994
By Tiffany Trott
Special to the Rocky Mountain News
LAKEWOOD – Bear Creek played catch-up in the first half, but a 19-point third period gave the Bears their first lead of the game and a 55-49 girls basketball victory over Standley Lake on Friday night at Bear Creek High School.
Center Jenny Hodges and forward Lindsay Eddleman took over in the second half, combining for 19 points to lead Bear Creek (1-0 Jefferson County League, 5-2 overall) to the win.
“We just need to come out more intense, the first half we seem to lack the intensity,” Hodges said. “Coach (Tammy) Weatherly told us we can’t lose in our house, and we shouldn’t.”
Weatherly said she keyed on one thing at halftime — pride.
“I think (Standley Lake) did outplay us in the first half and in the locker room we appealed to their pride and told them this is our house; we don’t want people to come in here to embarrass us,” Weatherly said.
Standley Lake (0-1, 5-2) led 24-19 at the half, thanks to six points from Katrina Franzen and four from Jolene Keel and Amanda Davis. Franzen led all scorers with 23.
Bear Creek tied the score at 33-33 on a three-point shot by freshman point guard Jennifer Mendez with 1:02 left in the third period and took the lead on a layup by Hodges.
Eddleman hit three crucial baskets in the fourth period, and hot free throw shooting from Hodges and Amy Grull sealed the victory. Hodges finished with 15, followed by Eddleman with 13 and Grull with 11.
“I consider us pretty much third-quarter players. I know we need to change that, but it was a good comeback,” Grull said. “We seem to be known as a comeback team because we always do that.”
Stnadley Lake coach Jeff Gomer said his team showed its youth in the second half.
“We were able to control the tempo in the first half and the second half we just showed how young we were. I had a lot of sophomores and freshmen on the floor,” Gomer said. “We wanted to use this as a gauge of how far we had come or needed to go and I think we did pretty well.”