— Tough times have fallen on Alameda girls hoops.
The Pirates are a tough group of girls, which was evident in their 37-24 loss to Arrupe Jesuit Thursday at Alameda High School.
Alameda lost what was a coin flip game as the Generals pulled away late in the contest after too many Pirates mistakes.
The very young Alameda team is still learning how to execute down the stretch in close games, despite the very good play of sophomore Preshus Nash.
Nash scored 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals, but the Pirates were unable to steal the win away from scrappy Arrupe Jesuit.
“We are playing hard and we are in a lot of games but we are also the youngest team in a really good league which makes it tough,” Alameda coach Rex Terry said.
The Pirates only have three upperclassmen on their entire roster and feature five combined freshman and sophomores.
And because of that youth and inexperience the Pirates are finding wins hard to come by this season.
But they are continuing to get better. Nash has quietly turned into one of Jeffco’s best players and fellow underclassmen freshman Faith Sullivan (nine rebounds and six points) continues to take steps forward with her game.
“It is tough losing games like this but we will continue to try to get better at practice every day,” Nash said.
Alameda actually led 13-10 at halftime using solid defense and controlling the glass to gain a slim lead. But once the Generals started scoring in the second half the Pirates could not keep up.
They did keep fighting as they have done all season. Another reason for Alameda’s struggles is the fact they play in such a talented league that features D’Evelyn, Golden, Green Mountain and Wheat Ridge.
While they have gotten beaten up this season Alameda could turn into a force in 4A Jeffco as soon as next season.
The Pirates (1-15, 1-7) will play at Arvada Friday at 7 p.m.