Granby: Middle Park girls basketball team never says die
February 8, 2008
Middle Park High’s never-say-die girls basketball team played their hearts out but suffered through two lopsided losses in their last two games.
“I’m proud of our girls,” said coach Cheri Amos. “They play every second of the game from start to finish. They have not given up on themselves, and that’s admirable.”
Last Friday, Feb. 1, the Lady Panthers traveled to Jefferson Academy where they were crushed 72-16.
“Jefferson Academy is a very strong team,” Amos said. “It was not one of our better games.”
Kristin Van Horn and Emily Abbott were Middle Park’s high scorers with five points apiece. Abbott led in rebounds with five.
Back on their home court on Tuesday, Middle Park’s hoopsters did not have much better luck. Taking on Holy Family’s Tigers, they were mauled 88-22.
“Our girls gave it their best effort,” Amos said. “Holy Family is ranked third in the state and I think they have a shot at state. They are probably the most balanced team we’ve faced this season.”
In the first quarter, the Tigers jumped out to a huge 22-4 lead. The Lady Panthers’ two baskets was earned by Emily Abbott.
Continuing their relentless attack, Holy Family’s players racked up 29 more points before halftime. Middle Park’s Rachel Linke hit a free throw while teammates Kathy Childress and Brittnay Gardner earned single baskets.
The Lady Panthers picked up their defense in the third quarter, slightly reducing the Tigers’ scoring spree. Van Horn, Linke and Childress made baskets while Gardner earned a single free throw.
Already trailing 77-16 by the start of the final quarter, Middle Park’s hoopsters raised the level of their play a couple more notches and held Holy Family to only 11 more points. Two baskets by Linke and one by Gardner rounded out the Lady Panthers scoring for the home game.
The team’s high scorers were Linke with seven, Abbott six and Gardner five.
“Holy Family had too much offense for us,” Amos said. “We took our lumps, but we’re a young team and we’re learning.”
The Lady Panthers will be on the road on Friday, playing at Bishop Machebeuf. The junior varsity game is at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game following at 7 p.m.
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