The South Park girls basketball season ended with a 55-12 loss in an away playoff game against the Sanford Indians in the quarterfinal round of the class 2A Girls District 1 Basketball Tournament Feb. 20.
Learning from their previous game against the number two-ranked Indians, the Burros managed to decrease the point margin by five. In that game the Indians won by a final score of 61-13 Feb. 17.
Finishing out with a 3-16 overall and a 2-4 conference record, the Burros entered the District 1 tournament seeded seventh out of eight teams;,pushing the Crested Butte Titans to the rear at a 2-17, 0-6 final record.
However, when all was said and done, the Burros were able to advance to a final sixth-place ranking, overcoming the Center Vikings who finished with a 2-18, 1-5 record.
The win over the Burros allowed the Indians to move forward into the semi-finals held at Monte Vista High School, where they took a 29-25 win over the Sargent Farmers Feb. 22.
From there, they advanced into the championship-round held at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo. and finished second in the district after a 43-37 loss to the Del Norte Tigers Feb. 24.
Playoff competition continued for the top-four teams of each district. Representing District 1 for the 2018 Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) 2A Girls Basketball Regional Tournament was Del Norte, Sanford, Sargent, and Custer County. Seeded sixth, the Del Norte Tigers went on to beat Dolores 65-26, but was put out of the Region 6 championship-round with a 54-43 loss to Holyoke March 3.
Pushed to Region 8, the Sanford Indians ranked 25th and was dropped by Ignacio 25-23 March 2. Seeded 31st and placed into Region 2, the Sargent Farmers was beat out of the tournament by a count of 53-45 to Simla March 2, and the No. 26-ranked Custer County Bobcats was pushed out of Region 7 with a 55-18 loss to Clear Creek March 2.
While there are no teams representing District 1, the 2018 CHSAA 2A Girls Basketball State Tournaments will begin competition March 8. Playing in Loveland, the Great 8 consist of Yuma, Ignacio, Holyoke, Limon, Wray, Rangely, Simla, and Clear Creek.
Review on the season
While the program underwent a rebuilding year led by a new coaching staff, South Park athletes stood out and proved their skills as four players found were ranked among the top five of five separate categories of the class 2A/1A West Central League stat leaders.
Jumping into the top five of points-per-game, junior Morgan Burnett ranked third out of all players in the four teams in the league; which consist of: South Park, Custer County, Cripple Creek-Victor, and Cotopaxi. Finishing with an average of 9.5 points per game, Burnett landed a season total of 38 in only four games played.
Following, senior Jenna Scholl ranked fourth overall with an average of 7.6 points per game. As Scholl raked in a season total of 130 points, the senior was able to lead the league with 31 three-pointers throughout the season.
South Park continued to show standing within the stat as senior Piper Kunst ranked fifth with an average of 6.9 points per game and wrapped up her season with 111 total points.
Finding position in the rebounding category, junior Emma Bargas ranked third with 129 total rebounds. Averaging 7.2 per game, Bargas captured 92 defensive and 37 offensive rebounds.
In addition, Burnett climbed to the fifth position overall with a season total of 25 rebounds. Keeping in mind that the junior’s season was cut short with injury, she managed to scoop up 17 defensive and eight offensive rebounds.
Holding an aggressive court appearance, Kunst continued down the leader boards and was ranked in both assists and steals. Ranked fourth in assists, the senior finished her final season with 24 assists and climbed to the third position in steals, tallying a total of 47 on the season.
Future of the program
The Lady Burros will graduate four seniors from this year’s roster (Scholl, Kunst, Naylor, and Carpenter). The quad contributed a season total of 302 points, 130 rebounds, 48 assists, 70 steals, and 10 blocks.
The program holds an optimistic future as five juniors (Burnett, Marissa Ritter, Bargas, Stevi Gomez, and Emma Braggins) will step up to lead the team next year. Finishing the 2017-2018 season with 186 points, 258 rebounds, 25 assists, 37 steals and three blocks, the Burro upper classmen look to be strong leaders for next year’s season.
The Burros will also welcome back their single sophomore as an upper classmen. While still considered young on the court, Scarlett Caniglia was able to offer up a season total of five points, 20 rebounds, an assist, and eight steals to this year’s varsity stats.
Even though the freshman class is typically seen on the junior varsity court, this season’s class (Jordan Burnett and Alyssa Davis) dipped their toes in the pool and gained game experience to add 57 points, 44 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals to the varsity books.