The Woodland Park basketball teams have gotten off to two very entertaining starts. Both of these teams were coming off awful seasons and combined they only won three games. This season seems that it might be heading in a different direction. The boy’s team went on the road to Lamar to start their 23 game season. That game did not fall Woodland Parks way. The teams 20 turnovers to Lamar’s 15 played a key factor in the lose for the Panther’s as they fell 63-56. After a disappointing start to the season Woodland Park came back home and had to face Summit. The game was tied going into halftime, but the Panthers came out hot in the third quarter. Josh Bodin lead the way with several clutch three pointers to help Woodland Park build a sizable lead against the Tigers. The Panthers would hold on to that lead and go on to win by a score of 69-62. The most amazing part about this victory was it was the first time since January 8th, 2014 that they had won a home game. When asked about the importances of breaking such a long losing streak Senior Sam Levy said, “All we can do is focus on winning every possession in every game. The streak is irrelevant. We focus on what we can control and take it one game at a time.” To the teams credit they did just that against Summit. After the Summit game the team had to go on the road to face Pueblo County. The team found themselves down 16 heading into the fourth quarter. The team tried to rally back and put together a great effort, but fell just short and lost with a final of 44-43. On Friday the team traveled to Sheridan and completely demolished them. They scored 96 points which as far as our stats department can go back (2005-2006) is the most in school history. The final was 96-71 which was their largest victory since they won by 38 against Ponderosa back in 2009. The team is now 2-2 and their next game is December 13th at home against Florence.
For the girls team it has been quite the ride through their first three games. They started their season on the road against Conifer and they absolutely demolished them. The dominated every single faze of the game and took home and easy win with a final of 53-41. They then would play their first home game of the season against Summit and once again looked like a dominate team. The jumped out fast with a 10-1 run and took a 34-20 lead into halftime. In the the second half Jenna Bashor frequently got to the free throw line and took advantaged as she helped the lady Panthers to a 69-35 route of the visiting Tigers. Their next game was another home game this time against Pueblo County and this time it seemed the script would be turned on the Panthers. For almost the entire game they were out played by the Hornets, but in the fourth quarter they started to make a come back and got the Hornets lead down to only four. Unfortunately late game turnovers would doom the lady Panther as they would take their first lost of the season, 53-41. Their next game is December 13th on the road at Florence.
So through two games for each team, they both matched their win total from last year and it looks like both sides of the program are finally improving. The most amazing part about this last week is that this past Saturday was the first time since December, 10th, 2011 that both the girls and boys teams won on the same day. Almost ironically that time was also against Summit. While all of this is great, it will not mean much if these teams can’t win league games in January and February, and that’s when the games really start to matter.
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