Gilpin Lady Eagles basketball review
by Patty Unruh
Conference match against Shining Mountain
The Lady Eagles bested Shining Mountain Waldorf 34-23 in an away game February 14. Gilpin led all the way, with 17 points in the first half to Shining Mountain’s five. In the second half, the Eagles dunked 17 points, while Shining Mountain rallied with 18. The Lady Eagles’ record is 14-5.
Top scorer for Gilpin was Ashlen Cortez with 12 points. Katura Sales contributed eight points, and Khristine Barr, Delainey Lepro, and Alyssa Chareunsouk each got four points on the board.
The Lady Eagles shot 25 percent of their field goals, with Sales shooting three two-pointers. Barr, Lepro, and Chareunsouk each netted two. Cortez and Samantha Peterson added one two-pointer apiece. Cortez shot a lone three-pointer. Sales netted two free throws, and Cortez plunked in one.
Rebounds for the Gilpin team were nearly evenly split, with 16 offensive and 17 defensive. The Lady Eagles also grabbed 13 steals.
Shining Mountain wasn’t too far behind Gilpin in field goal percentage, with 21 percent. Top scorer for their team was Hannah Weinstein with ten points, including one three-point field goal. Hana Mason shot three free throws. The team also managed 25 rebounds and 10 steals.
Action with Jim Elliot Christian
The Lady Eagles were not as fortunate in their match with Jim Elliot Christian. The February 12 away game resulted in a 32-45 loss for Gilpin. The Jim Elliot Warriors stand undefeated at 17-0 this season.
The Gilpin team played hard and gave the Warriors a run for their money in the first half. The Eagles and the Warriors had a tie ball game at the end of the first quarter, six-six. Jim Elliot led the Eagles by only two points at the end of the half. The third quarter proved the turning point for Jim Elliot, as they forged ahead decisively with 21 points to Gilpin’s four. The Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter, shooting 15 points to the Warriors’ nine. It wasn’t enough to catch up, however.
Gilpin made an impressive 37 percent of their field goals. Katura Sales led the Lady Eagles in scoring, with 13 points. Samantha Peterson and Ashlen Cortez followed with six points each. Alyssa Chareunsouk shot four, and Khristine Barr helped out with three.
Sales shot five two-point field goals, and Cortez netted two three-pointers. Chareunsouk swished in four free throws, and Sales put in three.
Sales was also the high rebounder for the Eagles, with seven defensive and three offensive rebounds. All team members helped out, for a total of 29 rebounds. Peterson also blocked the ball four times. Gilpin stole the ball five times.
Jim Elliot’s field goal percentage was an amazing 40 percent. Ana Trost dunked 17 points, with Keri Hogan putting in 12 points. They also grabbed a total of 29 rebounds, all defensive. Trost got nearly half of the rebounds. Jim Elliot also got nine steals.
Versus Clear Creek Golddiggers
The Lady Eagles were a bit off form in their bout with Clear Creek February 5. The Golddiggers topped Gilpin 29-17 in an Eagles’ home game.
Samantha Peterson, Ashlen Cortez, and Khristine Barr tied for the lead in scoring for the Eagles, with four points each. Katura Sales followed with three points, and Delainey Lepro completed the Eagles’ scoring with two points.
Clear Creek held Gilpin to 15 percent of field goals made. The Eagles were unsuccessful in shooting three-pointers, and Sales made the only free throw.
Leader for the Golddiggers was Ally Huff with nine points, followed by Laura Feal with six points. Clear Creek also failed to make any three-point field goals.
League Confrontation with Rocky Mountain Lutheran
The Lady Eagles triumphed 43-31 over Rocky Mountain Lutheran in home play February 5. Although the teams were tied eight-eight at the end of the first quarter, the score was 24-10 at the half, in favor of Gilpin. The rivals tied in scoring again in the third quarter, each netting 12 points. Rocky Mountain lucked out in the fourth quarter with nine points to Gilpin’s seven, but Gilpin had no worries.
Samantha Peterson had a great game, leading the Eagles in scoring with 20 points, including seven two-point field goals, one three-pointer, and three free throws. Katura Sales contributed 11 points, with four two-point field goals and three free throws. Khristine Barr was the next-highest scorer with nine points, including three two-pointers and one three-pointer.