Lutheran High School boys and girls basketball teams both turned in solid performances, but their efforts to win Class 3A state titles ended March 7 in the Great 8 games played at the University of …
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Lutheran High School boys and girls basketball teams both turned in solid performances, but their efforts to win Class 3A state titles ended March 7 in the Great 8 games played at the University of Denver gymnasium.
The boys team lost a tough battle to DSST Stapleton 59-55 and the girls lost to Pagosa Springs 46-32.
Lions boys coach Bill Brandsma said the team started last summer on working to get back to the state tournament.
“We are nothing flashy,” he said of the team. “This is just a group of guys that like being together and like playing together as a team. We knew we needed to work hard because the goal was to get back here to the state tournament.”
He said they can get out and run or set up for half-court play.
“We don't live or die by the outside shot but we take them if they are there,” the coach said. “We are a fairly young team but we have good senior leadership.”
Junior Preston Hicks said his team came into the game looking to win.
“We played well against a very good team,” he said. “They put together a good game plan. We thought we could overcome it but they hit some key free throws at the end. We wish them luck in the rest of the tournament.”
Coach Mark Duitsman said the girls team is young, with only two seniors on the roster. He added tthis is the first time to state for all the this year's Lion players.
“Despite all the excitement that goes with coming to state for the first time I thought we played well, particularly since we faced a team that has been to state nine years in a row,” he said. “This was a great experience for our girls. Since we are basically a young team I hope we can build on this trip to state so we can be back at state next year.”
The game was close early, with Pagosa Springs leading 16-10 at the end of the first period, and the Pirates widened the gap to 27-16 by halftime and went on to win 46-32. Freshman Kallie Lemon and junior Sara Lawson were the leading scored for the Lions with nine points each.
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