Gilpin Lady Eagles grab final home game, playoff wins

bb_KhristineBarrSenior-parent appreciation night celebrated with smiles, tears, and hugs

by Patty Unruh

The Lady Eagles varsity basketball squad of Gilpin High School flew to victory over their opponents in two recent matches.

The team dominated the Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) Bulldogs of Westminster 48-34 in their final home season conference game on February 17.

Gilpin played aggressively, wanting to make the final season battle really count. The win gave the Lady Eagles a 7-13overall season record. CCA owns a 7-11 record.

The teams appeared tightly matched during the first half, ending with a 24-20 score in favor of Gilpin. After the break, Gilpin advanced, favorably ending the third quarter 33-25. The Lady Eagles were strong throughout the fourth quarter, racking up another 15 points against the struggling Bulldogs. CCA dunked 9 points in the fourth, but it wasn’t quite enough, and the score at the buzzer was 48-34 Gilpin.

Keely Schmidt led the point charge for Gilpin with 12. The team garnered 36 rebounds, 13 assists, 9 steals, and 11 deflections.

Following the girls’ game, senior athletes and their parents were honored for their commitment. Chase Boulter, Jonathan Ramsey, and Jon Gonzales were recognized from the boys’ basketball squad. Gonzales was also honored for baseball achievements, and Boulter received mention for attaining over 1,000 career points and for participating in football, baseball, and track. Khristine Barr was honored for her contributions to the girls’ basketball team, Milena Sanchez was congratulated as a varsity cheerleader, and Sam Ghaffari received notice for wrestling and football. The ceremony ended with plenty of hugs, smiles, and tears as the seniors and their folks finished another chapter in their high school story.

In a home playoff game on February 20, the Lady Eagles felled the Shining Mountain Waldorf Lions of Boulder. The score was 36-23 in this playoff game that was part of the 2016 1A girls’ basketball District 8 tournament. Senior Khristine Barr had a game to remember as she led with 12 points, including 3 three-point field goals and 3 free throws.

At press time on February 23, the team was playing Jim Elliot Christian in the semi-finals in Englewood. Results will be available in next week’s edition. Win or lose this game, the Lady Eagles will play Friday night the 26th in the District third-place game or the District Championship at Denver Waldorf in Denver, according to Head Coach Jeff Schuessler.

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