A painful reality in high school sports is that the only teams finishing their seasons with victories are state champions.
That reality sunk in with the Platte Canyon Lady Huskies basketball team Feb. 26 when they dropped a 40-18, Class 2A playoff contest on the road against the Denver Christian Thunder.
Easing the sting of elimination for the Huskies, however, was that they improved their overall record by eight games from last season.
First-year head coach Reesha Curtis saw her team lose its first three games of the 2019-20 campaign, only to bounce back with wins in eight of its next 10 games. That remarkable stretch, which included a six-game winning streak, led to a run at the conference title, as well a decisive victory over Golden View High School in the first round of the playoffs.
Making the vast improvement from the previous season even more impressive than it might have been otherwise, is the fact that the Huskies competed for much of the season with a roster of only six players.
The team’s best days are likely still ahead of them, as Curtis had not a single senior on the roster. Of the six players who remained active all season, four are juniors and two are sophomores. That is a fact likely not lost on other coaches and teams in the Frontier League as they consider their prospects for the 2021 season.
In the loss to Denver Christian, the Huskies simply never found their offense. Chyann Kelly led the Huskies with seven points, while teammates Aspen Riesberg and Amy Bezzant managed five and four points, respectively.
Kelly, Bezzant and Riesberg each had exceptional seasons. Kelly led the team in scoring, and Bezzant led the team in rebounds. Riesberg did a little of everything, and filled up the box score with points, rebounds and steals throughout the season.
Each of those three team leaders could very likely qualify for individual post-season honors within the Frontier League, so stay tuned to The Flume for additional details if and when they occur.
The Huskies were also bolstered by the play of Hannah Grover, Lottie Borowski and Cheyenne Oramus, each of whom will likely be important pieces to the team’s continued improvement in 2021.