Tuesday evening Arapahoe played host to Cambridge for a girls and boys double-header, and like so many in the area know, these matchups bring a little more juice. Cambridge was able to come into the Warriors building and win both the girls' and boys' games in front of a packed gym.
In the girls' matchup, it was a thriller as Cambridge won by a narrow margin, 45-40. The first quarter set the tone for this game and it was apparent it was going to be a battle. Arapahoe led 13-12 after the opening eight minutes.
To go along with the game being close in score, it was physical and a little chippy, which is expected in a rivalry game like this.
Arapahoe continued to cling to a slight lead going into halftime, 24-22.
In the third quarter, Arapahoe maintained control and even built upon their lead, going into the final period up 36-30. The fourth quarter was exciting, to say the least. Arapahoe was looking to run the clock and play tight defense, but turnovers and foul trouble made that hard for Arapahoe to do.
At about the five-minute mark, Brylyn Springer hit a free throw to get it to 36-35. Then, Bailee Ahlemeyer hit a free throw to tie things up at 36-36. Shortly after that, Elisabeth Kubik was fouled and made both of her shots. The Trojans led then 38-36. Cadence Carpenter of Arapahoe countered with a basket of her own to tie it up at 38-38.
With just under two minutes to go, Brylyn Springer hit a wide open three pointer for Cambridge, making it 41-38. Moments later, Jalen Kent found a three-pointer she liked and drained it, pushing that lead to 44-38 and making the gap too big for Arapahoe to come back.
Cambridge was led by Brylyn Springer with 13 points and Jalen Kent with 11. Mallory Springer had 10. Cambridge is now 12-8.
For Arapahoe, Berkely Warner put up nine points and Sage Larson had eight. Arapahoe is 10-12 on the season now as subdistricts are right around the corner.
We visited with senior Brylyn Springer after the game and got her thoughts on the victory.
In the boys' game, Cambridge captured the win 57-41. Between the two games, it was a similar start, Arapahoe led 12-11 after the opening quarter. And like the girls' game, it was a very physical matchup.
In the second quarter, the offense continued to roll for both teams.
Arapahoe and Cambridge went to the intermission tied up at 26-26. In the third period, Cambridge locked down on defense and knocked down some shots. They outscored Arapahoe 16-6 in the quarter. Cambridge hit three, three-pointers including two from Brady Ahlemeyer and one from Carson Trompke.
Cambridge led 42-32 going to the final quarter.
*Highlights from Tuesday night's games.*
In the fourth quarter, Cambridge maintained their intensity and made their lead larger, outscoring Arapahoe 15-9.
Trenton Roskop led Arapahoe with 11 points and Kade Fisher had nine points. Arapahoe is now 11-11 on the season.
Cambridge leaned on Brady Ahlemeyer's five three-pointers and 15 points, Brohdey Wood's 11 points, and nine from Carson Trompke and Krayton Ruggles. Cambridge moves to 12-8.
We caught up with senior Carson Trompke after the game and discussed the win.