Greeley West ends Berthoud’s Two-game Winning Streak
By Taylor Lee
As Saturday night came to an end, so did the realization of the Berthoud boys’ basketball team’s first conference loss. The Greeley West Spartans beat Berthoud, 61-54, in the Spartans’ home opener right before the holiday break started.
The loss dropped Berthoud to 3-1 in the Northern Conference and 3-4 overall.
“Our field-goal percentage needed work, and that’s what killed us really,” Berthoud junior Joel Maly said. “They (Greeley West) are a good team and one of the top teams in the state. It’s always hard to lose, but this is our first conference loss and we hope to keep winning and keep our record up in the long run.”
Though Berthoud held a lead for the first quarter and part of the second, it was not able to contain Greeley West’s 6-foot-6 Alex Seier. Seier scored 14 of West’s points in the first two quarters as his team took a 33-25 lead into the intermission. After halftime, Berthoud came out strong, again, but still was no match for Seier, who added seven more points in the third quarter.
After a Shane Hart basket closed the gap to four points, West put the game away with a final push. Seier finished with a game-high 38 points. Reed Miller was the only other player in double figures for Greeley West with 10 points. Berthoud was led by Ryan Barron who had 14 points. Maly added 12 points and Danny McGinn 10.
The loss ended a modest two-game winning streak for Berthoud, which was coming off road wins at Frederick and Roosevelt earlier in the week.
“Some of the highlights of the game were definitely coming out strong and staying up against a tough team,” Barron said. “Even though we were down we never stopped trying, and, personally, I think that we gave them a little fright at the end.”
<p>The Berthoud boys coaching staff watches intently in a loss to Greeley West Saturday night. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Spartans.</p>