Girls' basketball: Rampart's freaky fast Friday effort swamps Bear Creek

By Kevin Carmody Updated: December 14, 2013 at 6:17 am • Published: December 13, 2013 | 10:15 pm 0

Jimmy John's, meet your match.

Before even one second elapsed off the scoreboard Friday, Rampart junior guard Cassidy Budge pounced on a loose ball off the opening tip, raced down court and scored on an easy layup.

The clock still read 8:00. Now, that's freaky fast.

"That doesn't happen that often," Rams coach Megan Leatham said. "We'll take it how we can get it."

Budge scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, Rampart's defense forced 20 turnovers, and all 11 of the Rams hit the scorebook in a 63-34 home win over Bear Creek.

Even with the clock moving, Rampart (3-0) overwhelmed Bear Creek (4-2) early, starting the game on a 10-1 run and leading 21-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Budge hit five jumpers, including two 3-pointers, en route to her 12-point quarter.

"We wanted to start fast," Budge said. "We just moved the ball quickly, had the crowd roaring and were working together as a team."

Senior guard Megan Kavalec took over in the second quarter, scoring seven of her nine points as the Rams saw their lead balloon to 37-14 by halftime, forcing 15 turnovers in the process and limiting the Bears to 4-of-21 shooting from the field.

"Basketball is a mental game, so if you can get into a team's head, you can shut them down early," Kavalec said. "We jumped on them, but we never got complacent and kept it going. It's all about intensity."

While Rampart hit more than half of its shots in the first half (15 of 28), Bear Creek struggled to put the ball in the net for the second time in four days. On Tuesday, the Bears fell to Mountain Range 41-24.

"We didn't shoot very well again, so something needs to change," Bears coach Danielle Carey said. "Rampart was all over the court, and they passed the ball very well. They are a good team and they got us out of our comfort zone."

Victoria Mondy and Nicea Eliely added eight points apiece for Rampart, which got a little something from everyone. Besides the spread-out scoring, nine Rams grabbed a rebound and six registered steals and assists.

"We have great chemistry, and we seem to know what we're going to do before it happens," Eliely said. "Everyone talks and communicates. If we can keep doing this, we'll be a tough team to defend. We're excited to keep going."

Amber Gary led Bear Creek with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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