By Taylor Lee
The Berthoud Lady Spartans found a way to tip off the start of the 2008-09 girls’ basketball season in a positive direction on Dec. 2.
BHS, coming off a 17-win season a year ago, defeated the Greeley West Wildcats, 60-42, in its home opener with 23 points from junior Amy Ekart. Four of those points came from 3-pointers. Junior Sara Loberg added 11 points and senior Rose Heaphy pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
Berthoud head coach Randy Earl was pleased with his team’s performance, especially in light of how well things went the week in preparation for the season.
“I thought it was a good start, especially because we struggled the week before in our scrimmages,” Earl said. “To play the way that we did was definitely a good start to the season.”
Sophomore Danielle Wikre also hit a 3-pointer, while her and junior Julia Perry contributed six rebounds each. For the game, the Spartans grabbed 33 boards.
The outcome was never in doubt. Berthoud led 34-19 at halftime and added another 26 points in the second half.
As far as season-openers go, this one couldn’t have gone much better, said Ekart.
“I believe that we started off well for the first three quarters, but we got sloppy in the fourth,” Ekart said. The Spartans were outscored 12-7 in the final eight minutes, but by then it didn‘t really matter. Berthoud led 53-30 entering the fourth quarter. “It was nice, though, because everyone got playing time.”
All nine players on the Spartans’ varsity roster scored.
Greeley Central was led by Nicole Cousins’ 14 points. Tara Steffen added 12.
Sterling game rescheduled
Berthoud’s home game against Sterling on Dec. 4 was postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5 at Berthoud High School.