The basketball season is well underway for the boys’ and girls’ basketball squads from South Park High School, and early results have been mixed for both the Burros, and Lady Burros.

The Lady Burros drop Cripple Creek

The South Park Lady Burros started their season with back-to-back games against Moffat County and Cripple Creek-Victor as part of the Cotopaxi Invitational.

The contest against Moffat County did not go the way of the Burros, as they fell 45-24. The Burros were, across the board, pretty evenly matched with Moffat County. But one particular problem persisted throughout the contest: senior Alyssa Hammel.

Hammel, a 6-1 senior, racked up 26 points and added 9 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks to tilt the game in her team’s favor with room to spare. Hammel has averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds per game this season.

The Burros rebounded from the loss the next day with a 32-10 victory over the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers, 32-10.

No individual statistics are available from those contests for the Burros.

The Burros will host the Platte Canyon Lady Huskies Dec. 19, and will wrap up pre-holiday action with contests against Gilpin County Dec., 20, and Custer County Dec. 21.

Burros beat Mountain Valley/Moffat

The South Park boys’ basketball team dropped their season opener to Denver Academy, 45-37, beat Mountain Valley/Moffat, 27-23, and was most recently defeated by Cotopaxi in a tight game by a score of 47-41.

Leonardo Banuelos led the team in scoring in the loss to Denver Academy with nine points. Teammate Elias Esparza contributed seven points, while Aaron Susic and Bobby Wallace pitched in six apiece.

The victory over Mountain Valley came in large part due to the efforts of Esparza, as the junior dropped six of his eight field goal attempts for a 13-point output while also collecting 11 rebounds and a pair of steals.

The loss to Cotopaxi was by no means any fault of senior Michael Kelly, as he led the Burros with 15 points. Kelly also pulled down six rebounds and added an assist and a steal.

The Burros will travel to take on the Platte Canyon Huskies Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., then break for Christmas following games against Gilpin County Dec. 20, and Custer County Dec. 21.

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