The Pirates battled hard through the entire girls basketball game against Elizabeth although the Cardinals were well ahead on the scoreboard and won, 66-27.
“It was a tough night but they came out and played hard,” Englewood coach Thomas Rode said after the game. “With all this team went through this season, it would have been easy for them to just toss in the towel when Elizabeth got a big lead. But our girls continued to play the best they could, to play as hard as they could and I am proud of them because they kept scrapping and battling until the final buzzer.”
The game wraps up the season for the Pirates. They finished the season with a 4-16 overall record and a 1-11 league record.
“This team set a high standard for our players for future seasons,” the coach said. “We have five girls graduating in June and we will miss them. The good news is we had a good group of players returning and they know how hard this group worked to get to where we are today. We will take that as a starting point and build on it to keep improving as a basketball team.”
He said closing out the season against a good basketball team like Elizabeth is a good thing.
“Playing Elizabeth the last game of the season leaves a lasting impression on our players who will return next season,” Rode said. “They have seen and played against a very good team and so it helps our girls understand what we have to do to be a quality basketball team next season.”
Elizabeth came out and set the tone for the Feb. 21 game early and led 30-13 by halftime. The Cardinals' aggressive defense shut off the area around the basket and kept open shots to a minimum as they won the game, 66-27.
Maddie Smith was Englewood's leading scorer with eight points plus she pulled down four rebounds. Elijah Daughtry scored seven points, blocked two shots and had four rebounds. Miranda Holman had five points and led the team in rebounds with six. Kadie Kavinsky didn't score but she had five rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Englewood has five girls on the team that will graduate in June, Kavinsky, Daughtry, Seande Sandos, Imani Maxey and Holman.
Kavinsky said Elizabeth was a tough team as they always seem to be and the Feb. 21 game was a tough battle.
“This season is the most fun of the four seasons I have played for the girls basketball team,” Kavinsky said after the game. “This is the third coach of teams I have played for here at Englewood and our new coach plus the attitude of the players on this year's team has made it a good year. Oh, we didn't win a lot of games. But we had a great relationship and I will miss all the players on this team.”
After graduation, Kavinsky will continue her education as she has accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Midland University in Freemont, Neb.