2 weekend wins are bittersweet for girls varsity

Holyoke point guard likely faces season-ending injury

    The Lady Dragon varsity basketball team blew away their weekend opponents, improving their season record to 10-1 after a 47-13 win at Sedgwick County Friday, Jan. 12, and a 40-19 victory over Kiowa at the NJC gym Saturday.
    However, the weekend was bittersweet. Friday night, HHS sophomore Emily Jelden suffered an injury that could likely cut her season short. Dragon coach John Baumgartner said the point guard probably tore her ACL.
    Despite the triumph of the wins, the team felt the big loss to their lineup. Girls came off the bench to fill in for Jelden as well as for junior Kaylee Camblin, who was not playing because of a concussion from last Tuesday’s game in Wray.
    “We had all the kids step up and play big,” said Baumgartner, noting they have time before the end of the season to get used to a new normal. He said that they’re not the only team in the league dealing with injury.
    The girls have some time to breathe after a grueling schedule of five games in nine days following the holiday break. However, their lone game this week is against Yuma — the No. 1-ranked team in Colorado girls 2A.
    Dragon fans are encouraged to wear green for Friday’s Green Out Night and cheerleading clinic at the home games Friday, Jan. 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

Holyoke 47, SedgCo 13
    The first time Holyoke played Sedgwick County Dec. 16, the Lady Dragons won 54-14. Last Friday’s game was no different, but this time it counted for the league standings.
    HHS started off strong, outscoring the Cougars 10-2 in the first quarter followed by another 11 points over Sedgwick County’s two in the second quarter.
    Even though they led 21-4 at halftime, Holyoke took it up another notch for the third quarter. They put 23 points on the scoreboard, and 15 of those points were scored by sophomore Sarah Razo’s five 3-pointers.
    Holyoke added another three points in the fourth quarter to outscore Sedgwick County 26-9 in the second half and finish the game with the 47-13 win.
    Razo’s 15 points made her the top scorer of the game. Junior Savannah Burris totaled 11 points including four 2s and three for five from the line — Holyoke’s only free throws for the game.
    Senior Grace Dille grabbed 14 rebounds and five steals while sophomore Taeryn Trumper led assists with six.

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