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KOAA Athlete of the Week, Sand Creek Girls Basketball

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 08:59:28-05

The Sand Creek girls basketball team is on the run, usually sprinting past their next opponent.

"We run up and down the court, you would have to stop our tempo," junior guard Nikki Derrell said. "Because we just love to get up and down the court, get fast layups. Fast breaks, that's our game."

"We always want to press the gas, no breaks," senior guard Krystina Hagood said. "Keep them running up and down the floor until they get tired. We still have to push harder than they do though."

Off to an 11-1 start, the third-ranked Scorpions can sting you in a multitude of ways. The Class 4A power is averaging 70 points per game this season, with six players putting up nine points or any given night.

"They're just a fun group to watch," head coach Payden Goldberg said. "We play fast, so it's pretty exciting, upbeat, uptempo kind of basketball."

Success is nothing new to these perennial Pikes Peak Contenders, who've played for a state title and in a Final Four in recent years. However, SCHS doesn't want to simply make another trip to the postseason. They want to bring home a gold ball.

"I think most of us want it, we want to go to state, go further in the playoffs, we have the passion to do it," Derrell said.

A talented group, staying hungry, humble and leaving their footprints in the sand; One victory at a time.

"Basketball is a game of runs and even when it's not our run, our girls will always fight back," Goldberg said,

"Just things we've been saying the whole time," Hagood said. "We have to finish strong, we all have the goal of getting to state and winning the ring. We just try and keep that in everyone's minds and we keep trying to make everyone better."