Girls Hoops – Arapahoe at Arvada West

Monday night I headed the couple blocks over to Arvada West to shoot the girls varsity hoops team as they hosted Arapahoe. I am beginning to really like the A-West gym. It is big, has high bleachers and a good location for my strobes. The baselines are big, and people seem very nice.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player brings the ball up the court in her game against Arvada West.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player brings the ball up the court in her game against Arvada West.

This was going to be the beginning of a long week for me, with 3 basketball games, a hockey game and a wrestling meet.  I set up my equipment and got my cameras ready to go.  I was anxious to see how basketball turned out in this gym, and was really interested in how the A-West girls would do.  I had already seen a couple of the A-West boys games during the Ralston Round Up a week before, so I was hoping the girls would be good.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player takes a shot in her game against Arvada West.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player takes a shot in her game against Arvada West.

I found out that the girls coach for Arvada West was in her 1st season as Head Coach.  And I found out that the Arapahoe assistant/JV coach was the former A-West coach.  So, A-West really wanted to do good against Arapahoe.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player takes a shot in her game against Arvada West.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player takes a shot in her game against Arvada West.

Arapahoe jumped out to a lead early in the first quarter of the game, but Arvada West was staying within striking distance in the first half.  For a first year coach, Arvada West looked good.  They were not perfect, but they have a good base to work with and could have a promising season.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player attempts a lay-up in her game against Arvada West.

December 10, 2012: A Arapahoe girls varsity basketball player attempts a lay-up in her game against Arvada West.

In the second half, Arapahoe pulled away and never looked back.  A-West needs to refine a few aspects of their game, but overall, they looked ok.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball player grabs a rebound in her game against Arapahoe.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball player grabs a rebound in her game against Arapahoe.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball puts a shot up after she grabbed a rebound in her game against Arapahoe.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball puts a shot up after she grabbed a rebound in her game against Arapahoe.

Overall, my lighting worked out pretty well, and I shot mainly with the 7D and 70-200 combo.  As the season goes on, I might be able to lighten my bag in this gym, which would be nice.  Less to carry and quicker in and out.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball player is blocked out by a Arapahoe player in their game Monday night,

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball player is blocked out by a Arapahoe player in their game Monday night,

I also hope that after the first of the year I will get a chance to do a story about a special group at A-West.  During halftime a group of students, which included special needs kids, in and out of wheel chairs, performed a routine.  I found out the group is called Sparkle, and I pitched the idea of doing a story on them to Maxpreps.  Hopefully I will be able to do a full story with photos on the group and post it here soon.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball dribbles the ball up the court in her game against Arapahoe.

December 10, 2012: A Arvada West girls varsity basketball dribbles the ball up the court in her game against Arapahoe.

More photos from this game can be seen in the game gallery on MaxPreps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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