By Patty Unruh
Bout with Alexander Dawson
The Gilpin County High School girls’ varsity basketball team clashed with the Alexander Dawson (AD) Mustangs of Lafayette, felling AD 35-23 in a home non-conference bout January 22. The team’s season record is now 4-7.
Coach Jeff Schuessler credited the team’s defensive effort for the win.
“Sophomore Julia Blohm guarded their [AD’s] best player during the second half to help shut them down,” Schuessler commented. “We were able to cut down on their aggressiveness and go man-to-man to create good shots.”
Gilpin took an early lead, but gave it up midway through the first quarter and had to battle to keep the score at a 12-12 tie. The second period saw the Eagles and the Mustangs keeping each other off the board. With only about two minutes left in the period, AD scored a basket, and it was 14-12 at the halftime break in favor of AD.
But Gilpin wasn’t about to let the game go. After the break, the girls came back ready to win. They turned up the heat to push ahead with 15 points in the third quarter and another 8 in the last period, holding AD to only 9 points in the entire second half.
Match against Jim Elliot Christian
The Lady Eagles chalked up another win on January 24 in an away conference test. This time they faced Jim Elliot Christian (JEC) of Englewood, coming away with a 32-28 win.
As in the AD game, the score was tied at the end of the first period, 8-8. Gilpin then pulled ahead in the second quarter with 9 points to JEC’s 2. JEC made more of an effort in the second half as they outscored the Eagles by three points, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome Gilpin.
Statistics for the games were unavailable at press time.