After Tuesday night’s game against George Washington, Chaparral took their fourth straight loss and are now winless when it comes to playing in a Chaparral gymnasium. However, a huge 13 point victory over Hinkley might just be the spark they needed. The now (3-10) Wolverines have struggled but their last win is a glimmer of hope. Still, with a loss in a must win game against Liberty and a dismal performance at home, you could say they’ve had some problems when it comes to playing in Parker.
But fear not! Because league play is starting up, and with some big wins and a little luck Chaparral could be headed to their 7th consecutive year. You’re probably thinking two things can happen,
1. We get crushed- Which is something that can end up being a likely possibility. 3 of the 5 starters on varsity are freshmen. For the past eight weeks they’ve been playing their first high school games against some of the best teams in the state. Teams Chaparral struggled beating last year with a complete team of seniors.
2. We win and go to the playoffs- Okay, maybe this seems a bit out of reach but i mean it’s possible. I may be a bit of an optimist but I can see Chaparral pushing their way to a playoff spot. Even with a 3-10 record the Wolverines can get a playoff berth with a 7-3 record in league play. With 5 games at home and with a win last game against Hinkley, they’ll have some momentum assuming they can beat a weakened Highlands Ranch team when playing at home.
Chaparral has had arguably one of the toughest schedule compared with teams in the Continental league. It won’t be easy but it is possible. If Chaparral can find a way to shake their winless record at home, this Chaparral crowd and an offense that is proving to get better. The offense is becoming more efficient, and this zone defense is starting to pay off.
Chaparral women’s basketball is back on a roll and ready to make a pounce for the second spot in the Continental League. The Wolverines are now 7-3 and with two straight games with more than 65 points and wins that have come off of 25+ point victory margins.
It’s pretty clear that the Wolverines have something to prove with both of the opponents thy just blew out. Needless to say that they have a chip on their shoulder. After December 9th of last year, Chaparral increased to an outstanding 5-0. Undefeated and ranked 3rd in the state, this looked like the team to beat. However, a tough loss to 7-3 Mullen in double overtime sparked a downward spiral that dug this team farther down the Colorado rankings. Maybe it was that odd snow day??? That definitely threw me off.
Two straight losses came after that. A loss to the 9-2 Rampart Rams, who are first in their division, and a 6 point defeat to the 9-2 Poudre Impalas. Whom of which are the 5th best team in the state. Now looking at it, Chaparral lost those 3 games to teams that are over .700 this season. Two of those teams are top in their division.
You’re probably going to hate me for saying this, but new year meant new team. By ending their 3 game skid with a much needed victory against Grand Junction, Chaparral went on to blow out Far Northeast by 53 points! The first win of 2016 which was followed by a 29 point margin win on Friday against Denver East.
Every win since that fault in December has been a statement. The Wolverines are hot once again and playing with a chip on their shoulder. They want to be back on top as they were a month ago. And it looks like they might. The game against Far Northeast shows that this team should be looked at closely. Especially with Rachel Nelson’s eight 3 pointers. The game in Denver East could have been a larger victory but with three players, Margaux Bess, Shelby Hawkins, Rachel Nelson, they came out with an easy win. Despite a record breaking 38 total team fouls. Most by any Chaparral basketball squad.
Now 7-3 and about to play against two teams under .500 before taking on one of the strongest teams in the state in Highlands Ranch whom are the 50th best team in the United States. That game is January, 19th. Watch that game only on CBN.