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Elizabeth girls basketball squad starts season 7-1

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The Elizabeth girls basketball team went into the holiday break sporting a 7-1 record. One of the main reasons the Cardinals have been on the ball has been the play of senior Tatum Neubert.

Neubert, who is averaging 21.2 points and 10 rebounds a game for Elizabeth, will head for the University of Oregon in the fall. Prior to the Christmas break the Cardinals lost to Mesa Ridge, 67-51, yet she came through with 26 points. The Cardinals rebounded to beat Vista Ridge, 63-43, and Canon City, 40-37. 

Joining Neubert in the double-figure scoring column is Sabra Ross, who is scoring 12.7 points a game.

Elizabeth will return to the court Jan. 6, when the Cardinals host Conifer, and then play at Vista Peak Prep on Jan. 10.

The Elizabeth boys will carry a 5-3 record into their 2014 portion of their basketball schedule. The Cardinals defeated Evergreen, 75-64, and Canon City in a nail-bitter, 59-56 in their final pre-2014 season schedule. They will open up after the break, Jan. 7, playing at Colorado Springs Mitchell. 

Jake Gavitt has been the pace-setter for the Cardinals, averaging 23.8 points a game, but he is also joined by three others in double-figures.  James Christianson is scoring 11.5 points a game while Ryan White and Trevor Boss have been chipping in with 10.9 and 10.4 points, respectively. 

Against Evergreen, Gavitt scored 23 points. He was joined in double-figures against the Cougars by Christianson and Boss, who tallied 18 and 15 points, respectively. Gavitt came through with 20 points against Canon City while Aaron Stone was the only other player to hit in double-figures with 13.

The Kiowa boys carried a 3-2 record into the holiday break and will return to action Jan. 10 when they host Vanguard Christian. The Indians defeated Flagler, 56-21, Dec. 20 in a game in which they were quickly in command. They led the visitors, 19-6, after the first period of play and only allowed Flagler two and three points, respectively in the second and third quarters.

Jake Sewald is the leading scorer for Kiowa averaging 11.8 points a game. He has also been chipping in with seven rebounds a game. Isaac Janes leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 a night while being the only other Indian player to score in double-figures with 11.5. Caleb Smith is No. 3 on the team in points scored with 8.8 a night along with seven rebounds a game.

The Kiowa girls have an unblemished 4-0 record heading into the Holiday break and hope to keep it clean when they host Vanguard Christian on Jan. 14.

Taylor Upchurch and Madi Zielinski led the way in scoring for Kiowa. Upchurch is scoring 12 points a game while pulling down 7.5 rebounds a night. Zielinski scores 10.3 points a game while Autumn Lindt is next in line with a 9.0 average.

The Simla boys have turned in a 4-1 record heading into the break and will play Byers on Jan. 10, and Elbert on Jan. 11. Cody Norris has been the leading scorer to date for the Cubs, averaging 13 points a game. He has been joined in double-figures this season by Jason George, averaging  11 a night.

Leading the way on the boards for Simla has been Kade Pyatt, who is pulling down 10 rebounds a game while scoring 8.8 points an outing. Norris and George are both averaging 6.5 rebounds a game for the Cubs.

The Simla girls are unbeaten heading into 2014 with a 5-0 record, but they have not been putting a load of points on the board. In other words, defense has definitely been the key.

Simla, with Sam Kaatz leading the scoring with 12.5 points a game, only average 47.8 points an outing. Mikki Korinek averages 10 points a game while leading the team in rebounding with seven a night. Hannah Lutz averages 8.8 points and five rebounds a game.

Simla will host Byers on Jan. 10 and Elbert on Jan. 11. They will next travel to Kiowa on Jan. 14.

The Elbert boys and girls certainly hope to find a way to get a few wins under their belts as the 2014 portion of the season gets underway. The boys are 0-4, the girls 0-3.

The girls host Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Jan. 7 and The Colorado Springs School on Jan. 10 then travel to Simla on Jan. 11. The boys also travel to Simla on Jan. 11.

Sumiko McDonald is the leading scorer for the girls averaging 6.3 points a game while pulling down 10 rebounds an outing. Emily Pranger is next averaging 4.7 points as well as 4.7 rebounds a game.

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