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MPHS girls crush it on home court

Middle Park girls hoops won three of its last four games coming into the team’s Thursday night matchup and a special game set for Saturday.

With the string of wins, the Panthers were 6-3 this season before Thursday’s senior night game.

On Feb. 15, the Panthers won against West Grand before falling 66-50 to The Academy on Feb. 17 and winning 62-50 over Arrupe Jesuit two days later and 63-14 vs. Bruce Randolph on Monday.



On Monday, Middle Park sophomore Bella Svoboda led all scoring with 19 points. She was followed by seniors Katie Trail (12 points) and Brianna Renteria (10 points). Altogether, eight Panthers scored in the game.

Svoboda completed a double-double with 10 rebounds, and Trail had four steals and four assists. Senior Angie Butler also had 11 rebounds for the Panthers, whose record improved to 6-3 overall with the win.



Against, the Academy, the same three girls — Svoboda (16 points), Renteria (14 points) and Trail (10 points) — also led the team in scoring. In that game, Renteria recorded 20 rebounds and Svoboda had 13, giving both players a double-double for the night. Senior Holly Harms had a game-high four assists.

Facing Arrupe Jesuit, the team was led by Renteria (25 points, 20 rebounds), Trail (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals) and Svoboda (12 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists). Also, sophomore Emry Burns had four steals, and senior Abby Kuhnel had five assists.

Middle Park was scheduled to take on Jefferson on Thursday for senior night, but the game has been delayed due to weather on the Front Range.

Middle Park plays at home again on Saturday for their annual pink game. In addition to playing in pink, Middle Park is offering anyone who is currently fighting cancer, has survived cancer or has family members or loved ones affected by the illness access to the game. Seating is limited and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more info or a free ticket, email sarah.milller@egsd.org.

From left, Middle Park’s Bella Svoboda, Abby Kuhnel, Katie Trail, Angie Butler and Madison Moyer bear down on defense as Middle Park takes on Bruce Randolph on Monday in Granby. The Panthers won 63-14. The team celebrated senior night on Thursday and will play in their annual pink game Saturday vs. Bennett.
Photos by Eli Pace / epace@skyhinews.com
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Middle Park Valerye Rangel drives past Bruce Randolph’s Angela Hurtado en route to the hoop on Monday at MPHS.

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Middle Park sophomore Bella Svoboda pulls up for a jump shot near the baseline early in the game against Bruce Randolph. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

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Middle Park’s Abby Kuhnel shoots over Tayna Valles on Monday at home.

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