Experiencing their first win of the New Year and upping the overall record to 2-6, the South Park Lady Burros defeated the Crested Butte Titans 49-8 in a home conference game Jan. 13.
The overwhelming victory did not come without a price, as the Burros paid tribute with a 53-25 loss to the Del Norte Tigers in an away conference game Jan. 12.
Prior to going on break, the Lady Burros had suffered a 1-5 record, beating Crested Butte in the Burro Classic Dec. 2, but took losses to SkyView Academy (48-26), Sangre de Cristo (49-23), Platte Canyon (50-44), Colorado Springs School (58-44), and Soroco (57-22).
Holding a 1-1 conference record, the Burros currently seed approximately fourth out of eight teams in the Class 2A District 1 standings, while also seeding approximately second out of four teams in the 2A/1A West Central League standings.
Stepping into Tiger territory, the Burros drove in their first challenge of the New Year to see junior Emma Bargas pouring in a team high of eight points, burying two three-point field goals and one two-pointer.
Scoring trickled through the team with junior Morgan Burnett sinking six points, followed by senior Jenna Scholl with five and clamped off with senior Piper Kunst, junior Stevi Gomez, and junior Emma Braggins all shooting for two points each.
The Tigers took to their court after a 49-18 win over Dolores Dec. 14, and holding a 5-3 overall record.
Trailing by 24 after the first quarter (26-2), the Burros urged forward to level the playing field at 5-8 in the second period.
While the count was spread, the Burros found victory in the small battles as Burnett and Bargas captured dominance under the basket.
Leading her team with eight of a team total of 23 rebounds, Burnett obtained three offensive and five defensive. The rally was sparked by Bargas, who ended the game with six total rebounds (two offensive, four defensive).
A forceful Tiger defense kept the Burros from an attempted comeback as they remained comfortable with an 11-4 third quarter reading.
Playing unselfish ball and looking ahead, Kunst tallied three assists, along with Burnett with one steal of her own. The Burros then returned in the fourth quarter with more offensive pressure and outscored their opponent 14-8 as Bargas led the squad with three steals, followed by Kunst with two and Gomez and Scholl wrapped up with one steal each.
After the victory over South Park, the Tigers went on to beat the Sargent Farmers 57-37 in an away conference game Jan. 13. The current 7-3, 2-0 record has Del Norte ranked first in the District 1 standings.
The Burros rocketed onto the scoreboard as they knocked down 20 from the field against their Titan opponent, who had stepped into Burros territory holding a 2-7 overall record after taking a 33-21 loss to the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers.
Raking in the double digits, Burnett led her team with a high of 14 points, followed by Scholl with 12 for the game. As Burnett landed five from the field and four out of six from the line, Scholl was able to sink two three-pointers and three twos.
Scoring continued to filter throughout the team with Kunst hitting nine, Bargas at seven, Gomez at four, and freshman Jordan Burnett wrapped up with three points.
Controlling the score at 13-2 in the first quarter, the Burros held the upper hand and took a 17-point lead by halftime, after ruling the Titans 9-3 in the second quarter.
Holding an all-around court presence, the Burros saw Bargas and M. Burnett peaking at a combined eight of 16 total rebounds. As Bargas topped with two offensives and three defensive rebounds, M. Burnett crashed the boards with two offensives and one defensive.
Burro occupation flowed with Kunst and M. Burnett recording three assists each, and Kunst secured the defense with nine steals, followed by M. Burnett and sophomore Scarlett Caniglia with three each.
The Burros continued to soar over the Titans as they climbed with another 15 points, while holding their opponent to three additional points in the third quarter.
Leading by 29 points at the top of the fourth quarter, the Burros held custody of the momentum as they pushed for 12 points to close the game. Although the Titans pushed to the last whistle, a Burro defense seemed to be too tight to overcome as they were unable to hit a bucket in the fourth quarter.
The Titans now hold a 2-8 overall record and will meet Center in an away conference bout Jan. 20.
The Burros will now prepare for their next outing in an away contest against the North Park Wildcats Jan. 18.
The Wildcats go into the non-conference challenge holding a 7-2, 1-2 record, having previously taken losses to Vail Christian and Meeker.