Englewood girls win close game over Alameda

Pirates-vs.-Pirates match comes down to just one point for victory margin

Posted 2/24/19

Englewood girls basketball players hit key shots down the stretch as they edged rival Alameda 27-26 during the Feb. 15 league playoff game at Englewood gymnasium. “This was a big win for us,” …

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Englewood girls win close game over Alameda

Pirates-vs.-Pirates match comes down to just one point for victory margin

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Englewood girls basketball players hit key shots down the stretch as they edged rival Alameda 27-26 during the Feb. 15 league playoff game at Englewood gymnasium.

“This was a big win for us,” Englewood coach Thomas Rode said after the game, which featured two squads that both go by the name Pirates. “Grinding wins like that is important for us. Tonight we gave them an opportunity at the end, but fortunately for us we were able to hang on. That just was the way the ball bounced tonight. This was a league playoff game. We needed the win for positioning and the victory helped us a lot, so we finished seventh in the league. As we move forward in the season, this win may help us host a game in the coming playoffs.”

Baskets were hard to come by and the score was 2-2 at the end of the first period, tied 6-6 at halftime and 8-8 at the end of the third period. In the final period, Ximena Hernandez hit some key shots at the free-throw line to help her team win the game. She hit two free throws in the final minute of the fourth quarter that put the Pirates up 27-26. Englewood defense went into full-court defense, making it hard for Alameda to get into position for a good shot. Alameda took an outside shot in the final seconds. It hit the backboard and rim but Englewood got the rebound as time ran out.

Sydnee Aragon was the leading scored for the Pirates with six points.

“Tonight was great but we could have done better,” she said after the game. “But we worked together as a team and got the win.”

She plays the post position and said she does all that she can to help her team win.

“I am fairly tall so I play the post position so I am usually around the basket at both ends of the court,” the sophomore said. “I work hard to get the rebounds even though it gets a little rough in there at times. My goal is to do what I can to help my team win.”

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