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No. 2 Golden undefeated heading into showdown

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GOLDEN — Bumps in the road are always expected during the basketball season.

While Golden (11-0, 2-0 in Class 4A Jeffco League) remained at No. 2 in the latest CHSAANow.com 4A girls basketball rankings that were released early Monday, Jan. 8, the Demons have had some hurdles even with an undefeated record.

Despite a sudden coaching change just before winter break with Golden’s first-year coach Tim Hammond stepping down and assistant Mike Osborne taking over the reins, the Demons have cruised to double-digit victories in 10 of 11 wins so far.

The latest was a 65-18 victory Monday night against Heritage (1-10).

“It’s been fine,” Golden senior Makena Prey said of the transition to Osborne as the head coach. “We just stay together as a team. We have stuck with the same philosophies. It’s been a pretty smooth transition.”

Prey has been more than just smooth on the court. The 6-foot senior came into Monday’s non-league home game against Heritage averaging a double-double in scoring and rebounds this season.

Prey (23.7 points per game and 11.7 rebounds) continued her dominance. The senior had 21 points and another double-digit rebounding performance to lead the Demons. The win kept Golden perfect as the team headed into a key Jeffco conference showdown against No. 4 Valor Christian on Wednesday this week.

“We are definitely getting ready for Wednesday because that’s going to be a tough game,” Prey said. “Valor is a good match-up.”

Golden’s Garnett sisters — Abby and Elli — combined for 32 points in the win. Elli, a sophomore, finished with 17 points in her second game back from an injury she suffered in the Demons’ season opener.

“Having these last two game have really helped Elli. Having that connection on the court is so important,” said Abby, who finished with 15 points Monday. “Right now we are a little scattered.”

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.

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