An experienced Buena Vista Lady Demons basketball team visited the younger, less experienced Platte Canyon Lady Huskies Thursday in the season-opener for both teams.
The result was an early-season learning experience for the youthful Huskies, as they fell behind quickly and were unable to recover in a 54-19 loss.
With Platte Canyon’s lone senior inactive, the battle-tested Demons used a distinct size advantage to dominate in the paint on both ends of the floor.
The Huskies struggled to get the ball inside and couldn’t get outside shots to fall. The Demons, meanwhile, raked in rebounds, loaded up on layups, and dropped mid-range jumpers to build a commanding 25-4 halftime lead.
Second half action was a similar story when Buena Vista possessed the ball, but the Huskies offense started to heat up some behind the shooting of freshman Chyann Kelly. Kelly led all Huskies in scoring and produced almost half of her team’s offense with nine points in the game.
Kelly showed uncommon poise for a ninth-grader and a nice touch from long range with a three-pointer, a soft jumper, a layup and a pair of free throws.
Sophomore point guard Aspen Riesberg also began to drop shots late in the contest and added six points of her own down the stretch. Riesberg showed moxie on defense as well and aggressively pursued the ball all over the floor against the older, taller Buena Vista players.
“Aspen was a freshman standout last year and is a team captain,” said Huskies Head Coach Becca Brenner. “So it was no surprise to see her get it going in the second half.”
Sophomore Lottie Borowski was sparingly used but also made a strong impression defensively. Borowski tied up a number of Demons in the paint, wrestled for loose balls on the floor, and generally delivered much needed tenacity and grit for the Huskies.
Also showing promise for the Huskies were juniors Amy Bezzant, Harley Bode and Kaitlyn Cummings, as each delivered maximum effort throughout the lopsided contest.
While the Huskies might not have played particularly well at times, they did play hard despite difficult circumstances presented by the visiting Demons.
“We just need to develop more confidence, keep breaking down the fundamentals, and playing hard from start to finish,” Brenner said. “I was proud of the way we kept fighting and never gave up.”
The Huskies’ roster features one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen. Freshman Kelly and sophomore Riesberg accounted for 15 of the team’s 19 points.