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Middle Park girls make a game of it after being dominated by Meeker in first half

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

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In the final game of its home tournament, Middle Park High’s girls basketball team suffered another loss.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Lady Panthers fell 63-31 to a strong Meeker team in the last game of the High Country Tournament held in Middle Park High’s gym.

“Meeker was definitely one of the strongest teams that we’ve played to date,” said coach Cheri Amos. “They are fast, had pretty balanced scoring and shot well from the floor.”

Meeker immediately went on the attack, racking up basket after basket. By half time, they held a whopping 39-8 lead over Middle Park’s struggling players. It was not until the second half that the Lady Panthers finally got their offense moving.

“We had a pretty shaky start in the first half,” Amos said. “Obviously, we were much stronger in the second half. Our players settled down and played stronger defense. But our rebounding hurt us.”

In the second half, Middle Park actually played even with Meeker. The Lady Panthers earned 23 points to Meeker’s 24.

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“We held them pretty well in the second half and scored right with them,” Amos said. “Part of our problem in the first half was adjusting to Meeker’s speed and part of the reason for that is how young our players are. We had solid play in the second half.”

In the team’s scoring, Emily Abbott was the high scorer with eight points. She was followed by Shelley McLean and Mallory Nutting with five points each, and Milly Varner and Kathy Childress with four points apiece.

Nichole Fuqua led the team’s rebounding with five, three of them on offense and two of defense.

“Again, our scoring was balanced with seven of our players scoring,” Amos said. We’re trying to build on that. In the game against Meeker, we were really missing the services of Rachel Linke, who was out sick.”

With the Lady Panthers now on holiday break, they will be mentally preparing themselves for their first games of 2008. Their first January games will initiate their annual play in the Metro League.

“It will be a whole new season for us as we start conference play,” Amos said. “Our goal is to be competitive.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Middle Park’s hoopsters will play host to Denver Christian. The C-Squad game is slated for 4 p.m., with the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 12, the Lady Panthers will play more home games. They will take on St. Mary’s in a JV game at 2:30 p.m. and varsity game at 4 p.m.

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