Pirate girls seek elusive victory
Englewood High School girls basketball team wants a win or two as their season heads into the home stretch.
The Pirates come into the week 2-15 overall and 0-9 in league with three games left on the regular schedule, all of them on the road. They travel to Vista Peak Feb. 15, go to Skyview Feb. 18 and wrap up the season Feb. 21 at Elizabeth.
“We are a young team and, despite playing hard, we only have two wins this season,” Coach Adrian Thompson said during the Feb.11 practice. “It would be nice to win a couple games as we close out the season.”
The Feb. 15 game against Vista Peak promises to be a pitched battle because, at least on paper, the teams are pretty evenly matched.
The Bisons come into the week 2-17 overall and 1-7 in league. They are averaging 27 points a game and Jaylynn Johnson is the leading scorer, averaging six points per game.
Those statistics are close to the statistics amassed by the Pirates as they are 2-15 overall and 0-9 in league. They are averaging 31.8 points a game with Mason Brainard averaging 16.3 points a game and Elijah Daughtry, who recently joined the team, contributing about nine points a game.
Based on statistics, the Pirates also could match up pretty well with Skyview. The Wolverines have a better overall record at 9-10 overall and are 2-6 in league play. But they are not a high scoring team as they are averaging 34 points a game with Shelby Dmovser averaging 7.8ppg as the scoring leader.
“I think we can match up pretty well against Vista Peak and Skyview but we know we have to play good basketball if we expect to win,” Coach Thompson said. “I am seeing a lot of improvement and doing better every time we are on the court and I hope we can play maybe our best basketball of the season down the stretch.”
She said the good news is the team will only have three senior players graduate in June. However, one of the seniors is Mason Brainard who is the point guard and the team’s leading scorer.
“We have some candidates we hope will step up and fill the point guard spot,” Coach Thompson said. “We are working with those girls on their ball handling skills as we look to next season.”
She said she is pleased by the effort and the fact the team never quits trying.
“We are continuing to work hard to improve our play,” she said. “But a win sure would help our confidence and team morale.”
One of the young players who regularly plays in varsity games is Julia Kline.
“My favorite sport is soccer but I love basketball too,” the sophomore said. “Basketball is fun and all the conditioning you get helps me get ready for soccer.”
Kline said she has improved her basketball skills a lot since the start of the season.
“I have worked on my shot a lot and I have worked hard to be a better defender,” she said. “The most fun is to play point guard because you are always in the middle of the action. As point guard, you control the tempo of the game and you are in charge out there.”
She said her goal for the season is to improve her points so she can score more points to help her team win.