The Platte Canyon Lady Huskies simply had too much size and athleticism for the Lady Burros of South Park to handle Dec. 19 in Fairplay, resulting in a convincing non-conference win for the visitors, 47-33.
More specifically, the Huskies offered too much offense from Aspen Riesberg and Chyann Kelly for the Burros to overcome. Riesberg dropped 23 points and Kelly added 18, as the duo together outscored the entire Burro basketball team.
The Huskies, under first-year coach Reesha Curtis, improved to a season record of 2-2 after notching just one victory for the entirety of last season.
The Huskies also got six points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists from Amy Bezzant. Riesberg, Kelly and Bezant were the only three players who scored for the Huskies. Riesberg and Bezzant are both juniors, and Kelly is a sophomore.
Teammate Lottie Borowski was also a burr beneath the Burros saddle, especially on the defensive end of the floor where she registered seven steals to go along with three defensive rebounds.
Platte Canyon by no means ran away with the contest in the first half, as both teams struggled to score consistently. The Huskies outscored the Burros 10-5 in the first quarter and 10-7 in the second en route to a 20-12 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, however, Kelly and Riesberg began finding the range and trading baskets until the lead swelled to 34-18. Bezzant also hit a jumper during the Platte Canyon third-quarter run, and that basket put the Huskies up comfortably, 30-14.
To their credit, the Burros never quit fighting. Down by a score of 45-24, and with the outcome of the contest already determined for all practical purposes, the Burro’s Jordan Burnett caught fire from three-point range.
Burnett, a junior, looked like she could drop shots from the neighboring community of Como during the run – poised, confident and determined to leave her mark on the contest.
Teammates Alyssa Davis, Mikayla Batts and others also hit impressive shots throughout the game for the Burros, but ultimately found themselves overmatched. The Burros fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
They faced Custer County Dec. 21, but results from that contest were not available at press time.
The Huskies, now 2-3 on the season, fell Dec. 21 to Gilpin County, 54-43. Despite the loss, Kelly led the team in scoring with 16 points. Kelly hit six of seven shots from the field, also going two for two from three-point range.
Teammates Bezzant added 10 points, Riesberg, seven, Lotti Borowski, six and Hannh Grover pitched in with four.