Shorthanded Pirate girls lose to Sheridan

Tom Munds
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Injuries made it necessary for Englewood to take the court Dec. 7 against Sheridan with only two players with varsity basketball experience on the roster.

“We have been hit really hard by injuries and tonight, we only have four girls on the roster who have played high school basketball at any level,” coach Adrianne Thompson said after the 45-27 loss. “Our inexperience really showed out there tonight. Our two varsity veterans took almost every shot and we had a whole lot of unforced turnovers that can be attributed to the inexperience of our players. We’ll just keep working and trying to get better.”

The Pirates close out the 2012 portion of the schedule at home Dec. 14 against Jefferson and Dec. 18 at home against Arvada.

The courts go dark Dec. 21 as the school closes down for holiday break. Practice resumes in early January and the Pirate girls open the 2013 portion of the schedule Jan. 8 at Fort Morgan.

The Pirates came into the season with a roster made up of several girls who saw at least some varsity basketball playing time and a number of players new to varsity competition.

Injuries sidelined four players expected to see action against Sheridan. So, Englewood played the Dec. 7 game with two returning letter winners, five freshmen, one sophomore and a senior who was playing varsity basketball for the first time.

“This was the first varsity basketball experience for the majority of our girls and it is a big transition from even junior varsity so it was hard on our players,” the coach said after the game. “We didn’t have the experienced players available tonight to run our offense. That put additional pressure on our guards, Kadie (Kavinsky) and Mason (Brainard). They wound up taking almost all the shots because, even when they were open, our younger players hesitated to shoot the basketball.”

Thompson added that she saw some good things on the court against Sheridan and said the coaches will continue to stress fundamentals and help the players improve their basketball skills.

The coach said this, her second year, is a different season as there is a new coaching staff helping implement her system. She said he staff is working to help the players improve every aspect of their game. She said volunteer coach Josh Pavlovich is heading up working on physical conditioning, Katie Cardon is heading the junior varsity and is the assistant varsity coach and Mekka Lebkey is helping coach on all levels.

“We have a lot of young players with good athletic abilities but we are working with them on their basketball skills,” the coach said. “We have improved 150 percent since we started practice but we still have a long way to go.”

Sophomore Madison “Dolly” Ostrowski played center for the Pirates against Sheridan.

“It was very rough out there tonight,” she said after the game. “Our coach Josh Pavlovich helps me work on getting position and boxing out the other center under the boards. Tonight, the Sheridan center was too big and too strong. She set up and I just couldn’t move her.”

Ostrowski got a offensive rebound and scored on the play. She said it was fun to score for her team.

She said she is having more fun playing basketball than she has in the past. She said the coaches are helping her work on conditioning. They also are working to help her establish and maintain position so she can control the boards.

Kadie Kavinsky led the scoring with 13 points and senior Mason Brainard had 12.

“We played hard tonight and it was a tough game,” Brainard said after the game. “This is a determined team. I have never seen players work this hard to learn the system and improve their skills in four years here playing varsity basketball at Englewood. We have a lot of potential and we can learn from tonight. The young players worked hard and played hard tonight and our team will get stronger and better as we get our injured players back in the lineup.”