Pirates come up just short: Offense eludes Olathe in loss to Pagosa Springs
FORT COLLINS — They may not feel it right now, but the members of the Olathe High School girls basketball team should feel awfully proud of what they accomplished this season.
Short of the 1992 team that won a state championship, the 2009-10 team should go down as one of the school’s all-time best.
The Pirates, who won 25 in row before suffering their first loss Friday night in the Class 3A semifinals, had their season come to an end Saturday at Moby Arena with a 41-34 loss to Pagosa Springs in the third-place game.
“It was a really great season,” said Bretta Prosser, Olathe’s only senior. “We worked well as a team, and we supported each other. It’s not the way you want it to end, but we played a great game, and that was all we could ask for.”
Olathe (25-2) showed no lingering effects from Friday’s 68-34 loss to Holy Family. Even without leading scorer Emily Brummitt, who was out with a knee injury, the Pirates showed the necessary heart needed to win the game.
Olathe held Pagosa Springs (23-3) to 28.6 percent shooting from the field and only four points in the second quarter and three in the third. The problem for Olathe was it just could not generate enough offense.
Tawni Middleton was the only player to finish in double figures (11 points) for Olathe and teammates Morgan Stansberry and Prosser added nine and six, respectively.
“I was proud of the girls,” Olathe coach Paul Althaus said. “They did a great job. I thought our defense played well. I thought we handled (Mary) Brinton pretty well (13 points). I didn’t think she was much of a factor in the game. We just couldn’t get enough offense going.”
Of course, Pagosa Springs had something to do with that. Pagosa Springs, also the Pirates, held Olathe to only 25 percent shooting from the field.
Offensively, Breezy Bryan carried much of the load for Pagossa Springs with Brinton in foul trouble.
The junior point guard scored 15 points and hit six free throws in the fourth quarter to help her team rally from a 24-23 deficit after three quarters of play.
Bryant said it was not difficult to get up for Saturday’s game even after losing in the semifinals to Colorado Springs Christian.
“After our loss last night, we just decided that this (game) was for the public school state championship and the other one was for the private schools,” Bryant said. “We really wanted to get third because that’s all we could do.”
With only Prosser graduating, Althaus said the future is bright for Olathe. He hinted that next year’s team will expect even more success, but the Althaus also thinks this year’s team always should hold on to what it accomplished.
“There are very few teams that can say they did what we did,” Althaus said. “They need to hang on to that because those are big memories. It’s something they can hold on to for the rest of their lives that nobody can take away from them.”
Regis 68, Fairview 58, OT: Joey Ptasinski scored 10 of his 24 points in overtime Saturday night as Regis won its second straight boys state championship.
The game was tied 52-52 at the end of regulation. Ptasinski scored and drew a foul seconds into overtime. He converted the three-point play, and the top-seeded Raiders took the lead for good.
Sierra 61, Pueblo East 56, OT: Jahmall Fountain scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, to lead Sierra to its second straight state championship.
Holy Family 45, Colorado Springs Christian 29: Taylor Helbig scored 17 points and Holy Family won its third straight state girls basketball championship with a victory over cold-shooting Colorado Springs Christian.