DENVER — The Lincoln Charter Lady Eagles girls varsity basketball team took a 56-34 win over the East Lincoln Lady Mustangs on Monday after breaking open the game with a 15-4 first-quarter lead.
Sophomore Lincoln Charter guard Madelyn Holmes drove down the court for an easy layup on the opening tipoff and then senior Mary Canipe drained a 3-pointer off a steal by Victoria Cobb for a 5-0 lead for the Lady Eagles.
Katie Crunden got the Lady Mustangs on the board with a layup, but that score touched off a 10-2 run for Lincoln Charter to close out the first period.
The Lady Mustangs got hot in the fourth quarter, but were still outscored 19-14 by the Lady Eagles.
Jade Loendorf scored back-to-back field goals, the second on an offensive rebound, with six minutes left in the game to cut Lincoln Charter’s lead to 38-24. Ashlee Frazier added two free throws and Crunden hit a layup with five minutes left in the game to close the gap to a 40-28 Lincoln Charter lead.
Lincoln Charter closed the game with a 9-4 run in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.
Canipe led Lincoln Charter with 17 points, shot 50 percent from the field and made three of her four free throw attempts. Kristen Camp scored 10 points. Seven other Lincoln Charter players added points in the game.
The Lady Mustangs shot 26 percent from the field but went 10-17 on free throws. Frazier paced East Lincoln with 14 points and made eight of her 12 free throw attempts. Loendorf added 11 points and shot 50 percent from the field.