BROOMFIELD — It is a year of first for the Prospect Ridge Academy Miners.
In their inaugural varsity season in all sports, they know wins are going to be hard to come by and when they come, they are cherished milestones.
On Wednesday night, coach Sara O'Flannigan's girls team scored its first Class 3A Metro League victory, downing visiting Peak to Peak 44-38, a win they knew was in the cards.
"I began to wonder if it was going to happen, but I knew this team played hard and they fight," said O'Flannigan, who team improves to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the Metro. "That's all I can ask for as a coach. If they come away with a victory, great, but I know they are going to play hard to the buzzer."
Peak to Peak now sports an identical record to the Miners. The loss drops them to 4-10, 1-4.
The Miners, who are just seven players deep, relied heavily on their starting five and they came through when tired legs should have really set in.
"We are dealing with a lot of injuries and a lot of adversity," said O'Flannigan, who lost Zoe Frederick to a knee injury.
Up 23-22 late in the third quarter, Prospect Ridge went on a 12-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter and was fueled by the tandem of Alex Weber and Brittany Gioso who, according to their coach, constantly have a green light to shoot the ball.
Weber started the run with her fourth and final 3-pointer of the game and Gioso's ability to slash to the basket drew Pumas fouls.
"We've been working really hard as a team and we are growing as a team," said Gioso, who finished with a game high 17 points. "We've suffered some really bad losses and we knew it was going to happen.
"But at the same time, you can see our progression."
Peak to Peak tried desperately to cut into the double digit lead in the fourth quarter and made it a two possession game, 37-31, with 2:51 to play.
But Gioso was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the final eight minutes and never let Peak to Peak get any closer.
"It comes down to making a few mistakes in the fourth quarter and that can be the determining factor in a game," said Peak to Peak coach Dan Seidman, whose got a team high 13 points off the bench from Rachel Thomas. "I like the effort, we played hard and kept fighting to get back in it."
The Miners will try for their third consecutive win on Friday when they travel to Highlands Ranch to take on SkyView Academy. Peak to Peak will host league leading Lutheran on the same night.
PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY 44, PEAK TO PEAK 38
At Prospect Ridge Academy
PEAK TO PEAK (4-10, 1-4)
Molly Higdon 4 1-3 9, Kenna Hazzard 3 1-3 7, Savannah Spakes 0 0-0 0, Rachel Thomas 3 6-9 13, Ginger Reece 0 0-0 0, Rachel Willette 0 0-0 0, Robin Peterson 1 4-8 6, Mara Miller 0 0-0 0, Anjali Gill 1 0-0 3. Totals 12 12-24 38.
PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY (4-10, 1-4)
Jocelyn Korbe 1 1-4 3, Alex Weber 4 4-6 16, Tatum Abram 1 0-0 2, Chloe Rader 1 0-2 2, Madison Frotten 0 0-0 0, Brittany Gioso 4 9-13 17, Isabela Bulger 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 14-25 44.
Score by quarters:Peak to Peak 7 8 7 16 — 38
Prospect Ridge Academy 9 7 14 14 — 44
3-point field goals — Peak to Peak (2): Thomas, Gill; Prospect Ridge (4): Weber. Total fouls — Peak to Peak 22; Prospect Ridge 19. Fouled out — Hazzard; Korbe.