Sophomore Serin Dunne helps Mesa Ridge girls to rivalry win over Widefield

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Photo - Grizzlies, Serin Dunn (4), brings the ball down court against Widefield in Mesa Ridge’s 62-45 victory over the Gladiators Tuesday January 9, 2018.  Photo by Jeff Kearney.
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The Mesa Ridge Grizzlies (62) host rival Widefield Gladiators (45) in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Tuesday January 9, 2018.  Photo by Jeff Kearney.















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Grizzlies, Serin Dunn (4), brings the ball down court against Widefield in Mesa Ridge’s 62-45 victory over the Gladiators Tuesday January 9, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. . . The Mesa Ridge Grizzlies (62) host rival Widefield Gladiators (45) in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Tuesday January 9, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. .

With three scorers averaging double figures, and a Davidson women’s basketball commit on the roster, it’s easy for a sophomore to get lost on the court.

But Mesa Ridge’s Serin Dunne is no ordinary sophomore.

The 5-foot-7 point guard has already made a name for herself on the college recruiting circuit and as a promising youngster on Mesa Ridge's girls' basketball team.

Tuesday, Dunne, a second-year varsity player, had one of her best games of the season as the host Grizzlies locked in a 62-45 win over 4A Colorado Springs Metro league rival Widefield (7-3, 2-1).

Entering Tuesday’s game, Widefield was ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, and Mesa Ridge at No. 12.

Although it took Mesa Ridge (6-2, 2-0) a quarter to settle down in the rivalry atmosphere, the Grizzlies worked to eliminate a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes of the second quarter to enter the locker room tied with Widefield at 26. Dunne dazzled with a windmill layup in the final three minutes of the half to bring Grizzlies within four.

“I just love helping out my teammates and picking them up when they’re down," Dunne said. "And knowing that they are doing well makes me play better."

“(Dunne) is a highly recruited athlete and she ranks in her class No. 19 nationally," Mesa Ridge coach Jeff Beatty said, "but she’s young and the first part of the year she’s played well for us, she just hasn’t been scoring much. So we really discussed with her getting more shots and getting to the basket more and the last two games she’s done a very good job of that.”

Dunne put up eight points against the Gladiators and 14 against The Classical Academy last week.

But against a scrappy Widefield team, Dunne’s biggest impact was in her speed and on the boards. Despite being one of the shorter starters, Dunne pulled down eight rebounds for the Grizzlies in her best effort of the year.

“She’s been working hard on that on her own and in practice to get better, and it showed today,” Beatty said.

"It’s not even working on it, it’s about having effort and going out to get the ball instead of just standing there," Dunne said. "It doesn't matter how tall you are it’s just how much fight you have within you."

Dunne, who also had five assists and three steals for the Grizzlies, said she’s learning consistency from the upperclassmen, namely Davidson commit Chloe Welch, who is ranked fifth in 4A with 19.1 points per game.

“They’re always consistent and ready to play, especially Chloe, even when she’s down she picks herself back up and is ready to play,” Dunne said. “She’s always grinding and never stops and I think that’s really cool.”

Welch had 15 points for Mesa Ridge and flirted with a double-double with nine rebounds. Ashley Bowen led the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Angelina Jackson who had 13 points.

Widefield was led by Charisse Fairley with 12 points, and Shynesti Johnson with nine.