H.S. basketball action roundup
by Patty Unruh
Boys’ and girls’ varsity teams from Gilpin County High School enjoyed several wins last week as they traveled to Denver, Nederland, and Fairplay. Gilpin’s boys now have a 7-8 overall record, including a winning 5-3 record for conference games. The girls are 7-8 also, and 2-5 in conference play.
Eagles boys blasted the Denver Academy Mustangs on Tuesday, January 30, scoring a 43-27 victory in the conference matchup. The Mustangs have a weak 1-10 record, with seven league losses and no wins. Even so, the Eagles had to work to overcome a halftime 18-18 tie, taking control in the third quarter. They were 10 points ahead going into the fourth period, and although they scored just 9 in that quarter, their opponents were out of gas and managed just 3. Will Lorenz and Tanner Davis shot in the double digits with 11 points apiece, followed by Alex Wilhelm with 9. Austin Boulter led in rebounds with 5 offensive and 7 defensive; the team’s total was 35. The Eagles had 10 assists, 13 steals, 3 blocks, and 14 deflections to their credit.
There was no girls’ varsity game against Denver Academy.
The Gilpin teams arrived in Nederland last Thursday night, February 1, for conference battles with their long-time rivals, the Panthers. Nederland has struggled this year, winning only one contest of 15 and suffering defeat in 8 league matches. The Eagles boys scored a decisive 46-12 win. It was a good opportunity to get all players off the bench and into the action. Besides the usual players who see the most court time, Stephen King and Chad Holmes added points to the board (8 and 1, respectively), Holmes contributed 2 assists, Braden Harris and Blaizun Diamond-Valli helped with 2 blocks, and Holmes had 3 deflections. Austin Boulter was the scoring leader with 10 points, and Davis nabbed 6 steals.
The girls’ game was more of a contest, the Lady Eagles coming out ahead 24-21. As usual, these neighboring teams play hard when they meet. Cicely Lepro was tops for Gilpin with 13 points, coming out ahead of rival Nederland’s Karen Sorokach, who scored 12. The Lady Eagles grabbed 22 rebounds to the Panthers’ 28. Gilpin had 15 steals; Nederland mustered 12. Both teams had 17 turnovers. The Ned girls, like their male counterparts, have had only one win this season.
Eagles’ boys enjoyed a 47-41 conquest of the South Park Burros (Fairplay) on Saturday, February 3. South Park has a winning 3-2 league record and is 5-9 overall. Their team was a better match for the Eagles than the previous two opponents. The first quarter was a good show for the fans, with Gilpin a mere 3 points ahead at the end of the period (13-10). The teams played even more assertively during the second quarter. Gilpin scored 17 points, and South Park swished in 12, bringing the score to 30-22 Gilpin. Neither team slacked off in the second half, with the Eagles shooting another 17 points. Their competitors scored 19, enough to come within range but not quite enough to win. Tanner Davis and Austin Boulter led the Eagles with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Davis also helped his team with 2 three-point field goals. A free throw percentage of 76 percent was also a boost, netting Gilpin an additional 13 points.
The Lady Eagles trounced the Burros girls 40-23, taking command from the start and keeping it throughout. The two triumphs from last week have helped the Gilpin girls improve their record and boost their confidence going into playoffs later this month.
The Gilpin teams were hosted by Denver Christian on Tuesday, February 6, and will play Twin Peaks Charter at home on Friday, February 9. Junior varsity begins at 4:00 p.m., followed by girls’ varsity at 5:30 and boys’ varsity at 7:00.