Coaches and players on the Simla and Limon boys and girls basketball teams knew it could be a rough-and-tumble night when they faced off last Friday at Limon in key Black Forest League basketball games. And, that just what it was before the largest crowd of the season so far at Limon.
The Simla girls kept their unbeaten season going as the Cubs of coach Al Snyder defeated Limon, 49-35, in a game in which the score doesn’t indicate the closeness of the competition. The Cubs improved to 12-0 with the victory while Limon fell to 10-3 on the season.
The Limon boys, ranked No. 1 in 2A, also kept their record unblemished beating Simla, 67-42, improving to 13-0, the Cubs falling to 8-4.
Simla led 11-8 after the first quarter in the girls game, but the Cubs went into the intermission trailing, 20-19. The Cubs held Limon to only four points in the third quarter, but only scored nine of their own to lead 28-24 heading into the fourth.
“Our play in the first half could have been better, but we got the job done,” said Simla’s Marilyn Alexander, who scored 10 points. “Limon pressed us from the start and they are a pretty good team, too, with their aggressive defense. We stayed together and finally got the ball inside and made it work. It’s kind of a cross town rivalry when you think about it, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Jessica George and Kenzi Mitchell, who scored 13 and 12 points respectively in the game, helped spur Simla in fourth quarter. And, the Cubs also received ample help from Mikki Korinek, whose three-straight baskets midway through the final period, helped stake the Cubs to a 40-30 advantage with 2:38 left in the game.
“It was a long night, but fun on how we work together,” said Korinek, a 5-11, junior. “I wouldn’t be anything without my teammates. They give me a lot of confidence and it’s that kind of confidence that helped me in the end. Limon gave us all we wanted, that’s for sure.”
It was also the kind of night that Simla coach Al Snyder expected.
“Both teams played hard tonight, but we needed to play better at the offensive end,” Snyder said. “It was a get out and go night. Several of the girls and the boys know each other on the two teams and it has made for a strong rivalry.”
The Simla boys led Limon 16-13 after the first quarter, yet trailed 28-26 at the half. But Limon, behind a 25-point night from junior Gavin Liggett, eventually went on a 13-7 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.
Cody Norris and Cade Pyatt were way off their scoring, only putting 10 and nine-points respectively, through the nets. And, it was night that also left coach David Guy shaking his head.
“I think we played well overall defensively, but on the offensive side, the shots certainly didn’t go our way,” said Norris, a 6-2 sophomore. “We were getting them, they just didn’t go in. No excuses. It was just one of those nights. It’s fun, a great rivalry, and one of these days were going to be the ones to beat them. We just need to keep going hard.”
Added Pyatt, “I think we gave it 100 percent and I don’t think we left anything on the floor. The shots just didn’t go. We had great open looks, but we just couldn’t convert. It was just not what we have been able to do this season. They have a fine team, no doubts about it. Yes, it’s a fine rivalry.”
Guy felt that his team might be able to muster a win, but knew it would not be easy.
“It comes down to four good quarters of basketball and we only played our best in two,” Guy said. “We had the shots tonight, but they just didn’t make it in. Limon is No. 1 for a reason and they played well against us. We made some runs, but not enough to make a difference. We have to keep working at it to get things to go our way and tonight, they didn’t. We’ve only got the one senior starter and Limon is a team with seven and that overcame our youth.”
The Simla girls kept their winning streak alive as they defeated Colorado Springs School 58-23 on Saturday to improve to 13-0. Mitchell scored 16 points, Alexander tallied 11 and Sam Kaatz chip in with 10.
The Simla boys bounced back on Saturday as they beat the Colorado Springs School 50-24. Norris led the way with 18 points as the Cubs improved to 8-4.
A last second shot is always an exciting way to win a basketball game and that was just the thing for the Kiowa boys in last Friday’s game against Evangelical Christian.
Drew Pruitt scored the game winner for Kiowa with only :01.8- seconds left in the game resulting in a 65-63 victory for the Indians. With the win the Indians of coach Walter Sutton improved to 7-4. They had little trouble on Saturday as they came through with a 56-36 victory against Miami-Yoder to stand 8-4 heading into this weekends action.
The Kiowa girls, coached by Mark Clemmons, had their problems against Evangelical Christian as they were defeated, 44-24 last Friday. However they bounced back to beat Miami-Yoder, 46-24 on Saturday. And, the Indians were more than pleased to finally welcome Elbert transfer Taylor Upchurch into their lineup.
“Because of the transfer she just became eligible to play for us this week,” Sutton said. “We looking for good things down the stretch. We played even with Evangelical Christian in the second half, but we were down 15-2 in the first quarter and that stymied us.”
Three games are on the schedule for the Kiowa boys and girls this week as the Indians host Byers on Tuesday then travel to Peyton on Friday and the Colorado Springs School on Saturday.
The Elizabeth boys, coached by Mike Boss, had little trouble in beating undermanned Englewood last Friday, 92-34. It was the only game that the Cardinals played this past week.
Jake Gavitt led the way for Elizabeth, now 10-7, scoring 19 points. Also scoring in double-figures were Shane Wilson with 14, Trevor boss with 12 and Cody Steinke with 10.
The Elizabeth girls split the weekend beating Englewood, 56-29, but losing to once-beaten Pueblo South, 62-33. With the split, the Cardinals of coach Jamie Schmalz are now 11-6 on the year. Sabra Ross, 13 points, and Emily Whitworth and Cheyenne Wendler, each with 10 points, led the way for the Cardinals in their win against Englewood.
Scoring was more than difficult for Elizabeth against Pueblo South (16-1) as the Cardinals trailed the Colts, 15-5, after the first period. They could only come through with 12 points in the second quarter, nine in the third and seven in the fourth.
Pueblo South was led by Shannon Patterson with 17 points and Mikala Gordon with 15.
A flu outbreak caused the postponement of both the boys and girls games last Friday and Saturday against the Colorado D&B School and Edison. The games will be rescheduled with the dates to be announced later this week.
The Elbert boys and girls are scheduled to play a second regular scheduled game against Colorado D&B hosting the Bulldogs on Friday and then hosting Hanover on Saturday.