Both the Platte Canyon High School Huskies and Lady Huskies were in action Saturday, hosting the Arrupe Jesuit Generals and Lady Generals in Frontier League games.
In this instance, the visitors snuck out of town with a pair of victories as the Huskies lost 58-33, and the Lady Huskies fell 60-44.
The Lady Huskies entered the contest red hot, coming off of five consecutive victories. The Lady Huskies, now 5-4 overall and 2-1 in Frontier Conference play, have been somewhat of a feel-good story thus far after notching only one win last season.
The Lady Generals of Arrupe Jesuit (4-3, 2-0), however, utilized some slick passing and sharp shooting to establish an early lead they never relinquished.
“I think we came out a little flat, and we looked a little tired,” said PCHS head coach Reesha Curtis. “We made some adjustments in the second quarter, and maybe I should have made them sooner. But after that, things got a little better. The girls played hard, but just couldn’t get back in it after falling behind early.”
Early in the contest, PCHS junior and key offensive contributor Aspen Riesberg absorbed some hard contact that left one eye swollen and a pair of abrasions to her face. Riesberg’s injury, according to Curtis, did not bode well for the Lady Huskies.
“I thing the girls were a little rattled by Aspen’s injury, and that didn’t factor in well, either,” she said.
Riesberg did return to the game, however, gamely collecting 16 points with reduced vision. Riesberg is averaging about 12 points per contest this season.
Riesberg and teammate Amy Bezzant, who also scored 16 points, led the Lady Huskies on the offensive end of the floor.
Bezzant, also a junior, has averaged seven rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. She also gave a spirited effort defensively against the Lady Generals, tying up Arrupe ball handlers and going to the floor fighting for loose balls.
“Amy has been getting more involved offensively, and that is with a number of teams doubling up on her,” Curtis said after the game.
PCHS sophomore Chyann Kelly added eight points. Kelly, who is the team’s best shooter from beyond the three-point arc, is averaging just over 12 points per contest.
Despite being down 37-21 at halftime, the Lady Huskies battled back to close the margin to just nine points late in the third period, but Arrupe Jesuit increased the margin again by outscoring the Lady Huskies 13-8 down the stretch.
To Arrupe’s credit, they ran the floor well and exhibited crisp offensive play. Four Lady Generals finished the contest scoring in double figures.
The Lady Huskies were back in action Jan. 22 against Bruce Randolph, but results from that Frontier League contest were not available at press time.
The Husky boys led the contest early thanks to early baskets from Ryder Bayman and Evan Batzer. But the Generals owned the second quarter, outscoring the Huskies 20-6 for a commanding 30-16 lead.
Bayman led the Huskies with 13 points, and was the only Husky to reach double figures. Batzer added five points and was the second leading scorer for the Huskies.
The starting five for the Huskies of Batzer, Bayman, Allen Hardey, Kyler Edwards and Ridge Eisele did a nice job in the first eight minutes keeping the explosive Generals offense in check.
But the second quarter featured an Arrupe Jesuit scoring frenzy, led by Roberto Rivera Navarro with 18 points, and teammate T.J. Crisafulli with 14. Arrupe point guard Jairo Gonzales also caused problems for the home team, scoring just four points but dialing up timely assists to teammates slicing through the paint.
The Huskies also got four points from Grant Culpepper, three points apiece from Hardey and Mason Johnston, and two points apiece from Eisele and Tim Long.
The Huskies hosted Bruce Randolph at Jan. 22, but results were not available at press time.