Gorrell scored a career-best 43 points, partly building her lofty total on the strength of 20-of-24 shooting at the free-throw line.
"The transition game was working well and she was able to get close to the basket, where she’d finish well or get fouled," Lobos coach Jon Marston said. "She had everything going. She was hitting the mid-range jumper, hitting from distance, scoring off the drive . . . everything."
The Lobos ended the week a perfect 9-0 with Gorrell averaging a Class 4A-leading 28.1 points a game. Gorrell also has a 34-point game to her credit (vs. Green River, Utah) and a 30-point effort (against Pueblo Central).
Last season, Shae Kelley made waves throughout the 5A circuit by transferring from Denver East to Regis Jesuit – and then transferring back to East before Christmas break.
Kelley, who announced a verbal commitment to the University of Colorado in the fall, never publicly explained her reasons for the transfer and re-transfer, but did so last week.
"That was a great program I was in at Regis, but I came back for the girls," Kelley said. "It didn’t feel right at Regis so I decided to come back. I missed the girls and the chemistry we had."
Grizzlies break even
ThunderRidge doesn’t mind losing a game or two if it means playing some of the top competition in the country. That much was evident when the Grizzlies joined the Smith Division – the elite division – of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz.
The Smith Division contains seven of the top 10 teams in the nation by USA Today, and ThunderRidge opened Friday with No. 9 Mount Lebanon (Pa.). The Grizzlies lost 51-37 to a Pittsburgh-based Blue Devils squad that went undefeated en route to Pennsylvania’s big-school crown last season.
Carlie Needles led ThunderRidge with 11 points but the Grizzlies were a woeful 4-of-25 from three-point range.
"I’ll give the defense credit because they made us rush our shots," ThunderRidge coach Bill Bradley said. "But we’re a better shooting team than that."
The Grizzlies beat St. Mary’s (Ariz.) 57-53 on Saturday and conclude the tournament with games Monday (vs. Norcross, Ga.) and Tuesday (TBA).
Numbers game: 66 - Points scored by Grand Junction Central’s Amy Kame in three games of the Heritage Hoopla, an eight-team 5A tournament won by the Warriors. The San Diego-bound Kame scored 25 in the tourney title game, a narrow 50-46 victory against host Heritage.
Must see: Farmers-Warriors, Part 2
Wheat Ridge pulled off an upset Friday on its home floor when it defeated Centaurus 64-52, but some foundation was laid for a spirited rematch on Feb. 16.
After Centaurus’ comeback attempt fell short, Warriors guard Riley Puckett proclaimed, "We have them at our house next time, so we’ll get them back."
Told Centaurus already was looking forward to the rematch, Kelsey O’Connor emphatically stated: "Us too!"
And why wouldn’t O’Connor want the rematch? She scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in the game, which was the chief factor in the Farmers’ 4A Jefferson County League victory.