Girls basketball: Broomfield's frenzy from deep lifts it past Monarch

Jan. 30—LOUISVILLE — Broomfield girls hoops made some of its own news from 3-point range Tuesday, on the same day it was announced that the best NBA and WNBA long-distance shooters will compete in a 3-point contest during the NBA's All Star Weekend next month.

Kayleigh Jones connected on her first three tries from deep — setting a pace the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry and New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu will hope to attain when they face off Feb. 17 — and the Eagles went up big thanks to the 3-ball before holding on to beat host Monarch, 58-45.

"We knew to crack their zone we were going to have to shoot well, because (6-foot-2 Sienna Williams) just shuts down the middle," said Broomfield coach Mike Croell, whose team finished with 12 3s on the night, all coming inside the first three quarters.

Jones and Olivia Kim each hit four 3s for Broomfield (13-4, 5-3 Class 6A Front Range League), going 12 of 25 from deep while trumping its previous high of 11 3s from Dec. 7 against Silver Creek.

Jones buried three in a row in the opening few minutes, then Kim added three of hers right after halftime to help give the Eagles a 21-point lead with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

"A boy-girl doubleheader, there's a lot of people in the stands," Jones said. "A lot of Monarch people who were cheering. It felt good to shut it down a little bit."

The Coyotes (7-8, 5-2) got as close as seven in the waning minutes, on the back of an 18-4 run that saw them hit four of their game's six 3s. The Eagles iced it with free throws, going 6 of 8 from the line over the final 1:39.

"They were really good and they shoot it real good, and once you make a couple you get pretty confident," Monarch coach Mike Blakely said. "Hats off to them for hitting them. They're good shooters and a good team. Not our night, I guess."

Broomfield's 12 3s were its second-most since 2009-10, the season MaxPreps started keeping stats. The Eagles hit 13 against Loveland a year ago.

"It's definitely a momentum changer for sure," said Kim, who had a game-high 17 along with Monarch's Williams. "Especially if we're not getting inside, or it's hard to score because (Williams) is in there, it's definitely nice to hit shots from the outside."

The Eagles are on the road against Boulder Friday, while Monarch is at Fairview.