There’s nothing quite like a little sibling rivalry to get a team’s top players performing at their best.
Every night the Fossil Ridge High School girls basketball team hits the floor there is a game within the game as Gabby and Savannah Smith compete in a little friendly rivalry with each other.
And that can lead to bad news for opponents when the two Smith’s get going like they did Tuesday night during Fossil’s 57-33 win over Rocky Mountain.
“It’s definitely a competition between us,” said Gabby, a senior. “It’s pretty fun. I always know what she’s going to do next and the moves she’s going to make, it’s cool to watch that.”
In the first half it was the sophomore Savannah that led the charge for Fossil (14-6, 8-5 Front Range League). She hit two 3-pointers in the first half and had 14 points as the SaberCats had a 33-17 lead at the intermission.
Then in the second half Gabby poured in 10 points of her own as Fossil started to pull away. For the game Savannah finished with 21 while Gabby had 17.
The importance of having two deadly scorers was shown to be just as important on the other end. Rocky (7-13, 3-10 FRL) is led by Anna Ernst and the 16.4 points per game that she scores. Other teams know that and therefore key on her.
“We tried to take away Ernst as much as possible, she’s their best player and Koree Willer and Gracie Cutler did a great job limiting her,” Fossil coach Chad Salz said.
Ernst was harassed all night, never finding open looks. She finished with four points.
“They’re just fast as a team,” Ernst said of Fossil. “We definitely need to read it better because they fly around and rush you.”
The Lobos were led by 10 points from Asiah Lawson and nine from Kelcey Bedard.
Fossil has now won four straight games and didn’t suffer a drop in focus coming off a big upset of Poudre last Friday night.
“We were nervous about a letdown game. We’re on a roll, everyone’s finally healthy,” Salz said. “Hopefully we can keep going and see if we can get a home playoff game.”
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