This just in: The Lady Huskies of Platte Canyon High School are suddenly a red-hot basketball team.
After dropping the South Park Lady Burros on a blustery night in Fairplay Dec. 19, and following up with another road victory over Twin Peaks Dec. 21, the Huskies returned from Christmas break with a dominating win at home Jan. 8 against the Rocky Mountain Lutheran Eagles, 54-15.
Three Huskies, Amy Bezzant (12 points), Chyann Kelly (18) and Aspen Riesberg (16) lit up the scoreboard before a delighted home crowd, but the real story was the stifling brand of defense the team exhibited in holding the opponent to six points or less in each of the four quarters.
The Huskies, now 3-3 on the season, set the tone early with a 21-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The visitors managed just six points in the second quarter, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Making the story line even more compelling is that the Huskies managed just a single win last season. They were competitive in many games, but just couldn’t seem to find the formula for success over a four-period stretch.
But now they have found the winning formula, and it seemingly starts with defense. Over the last three games, opponents have averaged a paltry 24 points per contest. Meanwhile, the Huskies have undergone a much-needed offensive transformation as well by scoring an average of 44 points during the three-game winning streak.
Next up for PCHS is a Jan. 14 conference contest against The Pinnacle Timberwolves (1-6) at home, followed by another conference showdown on the road Jan. 16 against Sheridan (4-2). The following three games for the Huskies, all at home against conference opponents, are as follows: Arrupe Jesuit (2-3), Bruce Randolph (0-6) and KIPP Collegiate (1-6).
Bayman leads PCHS boys in loss to Rocky Mountain Lutheran
At times this season, Platte Canyon Huskies senior Ryder Bayman has looked unstoppable. And even though he churned out a 19-point effort Jan. 8 against the Rocky Mountain Lutheran Eagles, it was not nearly enough as the Huskies fell 66-48 to the visitors.
The Eagles (2-3) utilized a broad, well-balanced scoring attack to overcome the Huskies (1-5). Logan Glowicki scored 14 points and teammate Jaxon Borchardt scored 11 for the Eagles. But more damaging was the fact that eight other Eagles registered baskets in the contest, totaling 41 points.
That scoring depth proved to be the difference in the game, as the Huskies, outside of Bayman’s 19 points and Grant Culpepper’s 11 points, managed just 14 points.
The first half was all Eagles, as they mounted a 28-13 advantage by intermission and never looked back. The Huskies, to their credit, did outscore the visitors 22-16 in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done and the early deficit proved too much to overcome.
Other scorers for the Huskies included Ridge Eisele with nine, Kyler Edwards with five, and Tim Long and Allen Hardey with two apiece.
The Huskies will take on The Pinnacle High School at home Jan. 14, followed by Sheridan, also at home, Jan. 16.
Story compiled from coaches’ reports