For the Poudre High School girls basketball team Friday, the devil was in the details.
Neither the Impalas or the Fort Collins High School Lambkins gained what could be described as momentum in a game that featured runs of four, three and two points – if you could call two points a run. In the end, Fort Collins did the little things right en route to a 46-43 win at Poudre’s home gym.
“I really don’t think it had anything to do with momentum,” Glesmann said. “I think there is such a thing as momentum but I think it’s kind of overplayed. We just didn’t do simple things.”
The Lambkins improve to (14-7, 10-4 FRL) and have won their past five games. Meanwhile, Poudre (17-4, 11-3) has lost three of its last five games in a late-season slide that coach Curtis Glesmann didn’t seem too seem too concerned about afterward.
“I think we’ve definitely slipped a little bit,” Glesmann said. “If I had all the answers, I’d definitely go fix it right away tomorrow. But I don’t, so we’ll probably go back and just watch the film and get it figured out.”
In the end, Poudre did have a chance to tie the game. Amid a scramble to defend, Fort Collins left a shooter open in the corner for a good look at the tying basket. The shot glanced off and Fort Collins was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Glesmann praised Fort Collins’ toughness in the clutch and said the Lambkins, who lost to his Impalas on Jan. 11, get tough at the end of the season as well.
“Collins is playing really good basketball,” Glesmann said. “They generally do this time of year. They’re a tough out. They’re tough to beat. You’ve gotta give them a lot of credit.”
Ashley Evans led the Lamkins with 16 points, a healthy jump from her seven points per game average.
“Ashley kicked it into another gear,” coach Kyle Tregoning said. “She’s got that other gear that if she wants to, she can go grab any rebound she wants to.”
Evans finished with 13 boards and sheepishly admitted afterward that she’s not that much of a scorer.
“No. I usually don’t score at all,” Evans said.
“The kids did a great job of keeping their composure at the end of the game,” Tregoning said.
Tregoning sold his girls a bit short. The Lambkins wasted a full minute near the end of the game with heady decision making. That composure carried into the final moments, as well.