Girls basketball: End of the road for Brighton High School

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COLORADO SPRINGS -- Brighton's girls basketball team will begin the offseason a bit earlier than hoped for.

Pine Creek scored 20 of the last 28 points in the first half and beat the Bulldogs 44-28 Feb. 22. The first-round game of the state 5A basketball playoffs was on the Eagles' floor.

Eight of the 11 players on this year's roster return in 2022-2023.

"We will have a total of six juniors that will be seniors and two sophomores," BHS coach Jim French said. "One thing we've talked about this year is a committed team is a connected team. Throughout  COVID, we weren't able to go to some camps or camps were canceled. A couple of years ago, when we went to Fruita, that team was a committed team, a connected team They were freshmen at the time, so they saw that. They know what they want to get back to."

Senior Sydney Rodriguez led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Taylor Weber, another senior, was next with five. LeeKaya Burke-Perryman led the Eagles with 15 points, including three, 3-pointers. Zoe Maher added 11.

BHS got off to a strong start, but it only lasted about a quarter and a half. Turnovers and second-chance points did in the Bulldogs.

"They were a quick team. We knew they were athletic," French said. "We came out with some fire, stayed with them in the first quarter. You have windows that open, opportunities, and we didn't capitalize. We had some good seniors who were instrumental in our success. We had some youngder players who were playing in their first playoff game."

BHS finished its season with a record of 10-13. Pine Creek moved to the second round of the state playoffs at Fort Collins. The game is Friday, Feb. 25, on the Lambkins' floor.

"The amount of experience this group got throughout the year and especially play a team .. if completely healthy .. wouldn't be playing in round 1," French said. "We knew that. I got to see them play Horizon. We knew what we were up against. They knew who their weapons were, and they used them wisely."

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