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Granby " Middle Park girls struggle but continue to improve

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The new year started like the old year ended for Middle Park High’s girls basketball team as the Lady Panthers continued to struggle.

In their first game after the holiday break, the Lady Panthers suffered a 63-15 beating from Denver Christian on Middle Park High’s court on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

“Denver Christian is strong top to bottom,” said coach Cheri Amos. “We had a slow start which allowed Denver Christian to take it to us. The second quarter was our strongest with our defense holding them to 11 points while we earned 10 points, but we didn’t sustain it. We just didn’t get the ball up.”

Four Middle Park players ” Rachel Linke, Emily Abbott, Shelley McLean and Katelyn Anderson ” earned three points apiece.

“Katelyn had a strong overall game in rebounding, earning seven total with five on defense and two on offense,” Amos said.

The Lady Panthers played better in their next game on Saturday, Jan. 12, but they fell once again on their home court. This time, they faced St. Mary’s with the final score being 51-28.

“This season, St. Mary’s has the strongest and best balance team that I’ve ever seen for them,” Amos said. “We made a much better effort in this game.”

Middle Park hung on tight to St. Mary’s in the first half, but the points spread began to widen in the third quarter.

“We liked the pace of the game,” Amos said. “We play better at uptempo. But in the third quarter, we allowed St. Mary’s excellent three-point shooter to get away from us.”

Shelley McLean was the Lady Panthers’ high shooter with 11 points. Four points apiece were earned by Kathy Childress, Rachel Linke and Milly Varner.

“We also earned the highest number of rebounds for a game this season,” Amos said. “We had a total of 40, 21 of them on offense and 19 on defense. Brittnay Gardner earned the most with six, but everybody was pulling in the rebounds which has not happened in the past.”

In the junior varsity game Saturday, Middle Park lost but by only two points. Lihla Clancy had an outstanding game, earning 19 points.

“We’re struggling right now, but we have good kids,” Amos said. “We’re taking our lumps, but we are learning and getting better.”

“Our goal is to get the ball up,” Amos said. “In the St. Mary’s game, we had 47 attempts which was better, but we need to be making 60 to 80 attempts in a game. You can’t score unless you get the ball up. And we need to keep our rebounding up and maintain our uptempo game.”


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