Four game winning streak propels Sabercats to 7-4 record


Junior Carmen Arkin hoisting up a shot in Fossil’s game against Grandview.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Editor

After a tricky non-conference schedule, the Sabercats fell below .500 nearly a third into the season. Since then, Fossil Ridge has racked up four straight wins, three of which were against conference opponents.

The first win came on the road against Erie, in a tight fought 51-41 victory. Junior Kaycee Steinke led the way with 14 points. Steinke made two three pointers alongside eight free throws to lead the Sabercats in scoring.

Fossil powered their way to another road win by defeating Brighton 60-30. This game was highlighted by senior Ella Lavigne, who racked up 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.

In search of their first home win of the season, Fossil Ridge matched up against the Boulder Panthers on Friday, January 13. 

Forward Gianna Leone swarmed in the paint by two defenders.

The Sabercats started off with a bang, as they led at the half 37-7. Fossil was dominating on both sides, swarming the Panthers. Several key turnovers led to quick, easy baskets in transition. 

After another dominant second half, Fossil Ridge defeated Boulder 67-18. It was a big game for senior Kate Davis. 

Davis has had a rough start to the season, as her shots haven’t been falling through in her first nine games. However, she was able to get back on track with three made three pointers. 

“I’ve struggled the last couple games with my shots, but since I’m a senior I just want to leave the school on a good note,” Davis says.

Davis focusing on a jump shot.

After these three monumental conference wins, Fossil matched up in a battle of the Sabercats against Castle View, defeating them 52-32. 

Fossil faced a very similar situation last year. After starting the season 5-6, the Sabercats rattled off 14 wins in a row, with nine of those coming against conference opponents.

These four straight wins have helped jumpstart Fossil, especially their defense. During this win streak, the Sabercats have only allowed 30.25 points per game.

Fossil and their defense look to remain undefeated in conference play and keep their winning streak alive against Broomfield (8-3, 2-1) at home on Tuesday, January 17.

“We know we’re going to play hard games, we know we’re going to lose some games. But if we keep grinding through it and we just keep pushing, I think we can win,” Davis says.