Granby: Panther girls show grit against defending state champs
Sky-Hi Daily News
The struggling but determined Middle Park High’s girls basketball team needed all the strength of character it could muster as its players suffered through a 92-33 trouncing on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the hands of Bishop Machebeuf, the defending state champion team.
The game started with the Lady Panthers putting on a strong show, scoring 14 points to the Buffaloes’ 21 in the first quarter.
“We played the best first quarter that we’ve played all season,” said coach Cheri Amos. “Our girls really worked as a team. We were breaking nicely, had good passing and our defense was good.”
While Middle Park’s girls stayed relatively close in the opening quarter, that changed dramatically in the second quarter. The Buffaloes went on the attack, running up the score as the Lady Panthers fell far behind after making only three points before halftime.
“Holy Family came out in the second quarter and jumped on us,” Amos said. “As a result, we lost our confidence.”
Middle Park was not able to recover in the second half, but continued to fight on to the final buzzer.
“The real positive from this game is that in the first quarter we showed ourselves that we can do it,” Amos said. “Effort was not the issue. But when we got behind, we lost confidence and that’s when we couldn’t get back in the game.”
Brittnay Gardner was the team’s high scorer with seven points. Almost everyone else on Middle Park contributed points including: Shelley McLean, five; Emily Abbott, four; Kristin VanHorn, Rachel Linke and Lindsey Birdseye, three points apiece; and Kathy Childress and Katelyn Anderson, two points each.
Middle Park hoopsters will be playing on their home court in Granby on Saturday, when they host the Sun Devils of Kent Denver. The junior varsity game starts at 2:30 p.m. with the varsity game following at 4 p.m.
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