If not for Joel Maly, who scored five of his team-high 15 points in the first quarter, Berthoud wouldn’t have had any offense to speak of in the opening period.
“Offensively, we didn’t execute. We turned the ball over even before we completed a couple of passes. It’s tough to get anything going when you can’t get a shot up,” Scheck said. “We blew one layup and had four turnovers on our first five possessions. Against a team like Fort Collins you can’t do that and expect to have much of a chance. They’re going to have you down 10-0 before you even know what happens.”
Despite that, BHS cut the lead to eight twice before halftime, including a 7-0 run between the first and second quarters to narrow its deficit to 20-12. But just as quickly, Fort Collins scored eight straight points to push the lead to 16 and it eventually got up to 29 in the fourth quarter.
Shane Hart added nine points for Berthoud, but offensively the team struggled to find any continuity. Scheck said the team has to find another scoring threat besides relying on Maly most of the time.
“We really do. Right now, if he’s not getting it it’s a struggle,” Scheck said. “We may have to set more things up for different people.”
Cody Spicer scored 22 points for Fort Collins, including 13 in the first half. Along with McAulliffe, the duo drained seven 3-pointers against Berthoud’s man-to-man defense.