The bid to close out the regular season with a five-game winning streak didn't happen for the Englewood girls basketball team. The Pirates repeatedly mounted scoring rallies, but eventually lost to Skyview High School, 41-32.
“This is an amazing group of girls and I am proud of these kids,” Englewood coach Thomas Rode said. “We played hard tonight against a very good Skyview team and I am proud of the way the girls didn't give up when they got up by 10. The regular season is over and now we need to get ready for the regionals that could mean we get into the state playoffs.”
The coach smiled and said the Feb. 17 game was a special time for the team.
“We honored our seniors after the game, all 11 of them,” he said. “Most of these girls came to the team as freshmen when I came to the team as the coach. It was a bit emotional and seeing them finish up their high school careers is the closest thing to having daughters leave me that I have ever experienced.”
There was little scoring early as Englewood led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. Skyview found the outside range plus went to the hoop. A free throw and a Wolverine basket in the closing seconds gave Skyview an 18-13 lead at halftime they never relinquished.
The Wolverine lead widened to as many as 10 points but Englewood repeatedly rallied and closed it to five points at 32-28 with 3:04 left in the game. However, Skyview hit three two-pointers and 7-of-8 foul shots to stretch the lead.
The Pirates spread out the attack with eight players scoring points. The leaders were Molly Ostrowski, who scored eight points and made four steals. Teammate Jena Korinek scored six points and Stephanie Ramirez scored five points. Courtney Schauer was the team leader in rebounds with five and in steals with five and Sierra Mazur led the team with four assists.
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Englewood senior Karin Bader said it was a tough game.
“We played well together and we fought to the very end to try to get the win, but it just didn't happen for us tonight,” she said. “I had a tough game. I missed some shots I probably should have made but I did get some rebounds, and I am proud of that.”
The Pirates finished the regular season 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the league. This week, Englewood hosts a seven-team Class 3A Colorado 7 Conference District Tournament. Englewood will be shooting to be in the game for first and second that will be played on the Pirates' court at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.