Valor Christian girls basketball coach Sheryyl Klosterman will have a bunch of experienced, motivated players back next season.
Valor made its first ever appearance in the Class 4A Final Four March 13 but the Eagles were routed, 67-46, in a semifinal game against tournament-tested Broomfield at the CU Events Center in Boulder.
Klosterman will have 10 players back for the 2014-15 campaign off this year's squad that finished with a 23-4 record.
“It was an awesome season,” said Klosterman. “I'm proud of the kids and the way they played. That's very exciting that we have a lot of players returning. I told the returners that we're not going to talk about why we lost the Broomfield game, we're just going to start working on those things.
“When the offseason starts we're going to work and be real motivated. We need to work real hard in the offseason and make ourselves better.”
Junior forward Kendall Bradbury is already looking ahead.
“We're bringing back a lot of leadership and we're all going to be experienced after this experience we got in the Final Four,” she said. “Now we kind of know what it's like to play out here. It was a huge learning experience.
“Being able to make it to the Final Four was awesome. We played together, played strong, had fun and made history. From here we have to work in the offseason, get in the weight room and work on things. The loss is going to hurt for a while but it's going to be motivation for us to come back next year.”
Broomfield, winners of five state titles, was making its eighth trip to the Final Four and the experience showed.
Valor's only lead came a minute-and-a-half into the game at 4-2 and then Broomfield went on a 12-0 run and began to take off, outscoring the Eagles from Highlands Ranch, 14-5, in the final 5:09 of the first half.
“They shot the ball real well,” pointed out Klosterman. “You have to give Broomfield all the credit in the world. They are good for a reason. Those kids had experience and they played well together.
“We were kind of out of sync on offense. We were pressing a little bit. As much as we talked about it being just another game, just go out and play because we have nothing to lose, the pressure was still there.”
“We got inside our own heads a little bit,” she said. “We just kind of psyched ourselves out. Broomfield is a great team. They know what it's like to play here. We just didn't come out and play like we had been playing, we didn't play Valor basketball and we didn't play together as a team.”
Broomfield shot 52.2 percent in the second half and held a 28-point lead at 61-33 with six minutes left in the game.
Sophomore Madison McCoy came off the bench to lead Valor with 13 points that included a trio of 3-point baskets. Caroline Bryan and Bradbury, Valor's leading scorers, each had 10 points.
Bradbury pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while junior Madison Waldon grabbed seven boards for a Valor team that shot 32.7 percent from the field for the game. Valor committed 19 turnovers, which led to 17 Broomfield points.