Tutt Field House was hoppin’ on Saturday as CSS families joined the celebration for Family Day. With free hot dogs, colorful face painting, a perky pep squad, and a seasoned pep band splattered with alumni, it was as it should be the exciting basketball that highlighted the day.
To open up the day’s events, the boys’ JV squad took it to the Danes and easily won by double digits. The varsity girls won 43-23 after a sluggish first half, and created offense with intense defensive pressure, turning up the tempo that favors the feisty Kodiaks. Balanced scoring has been key for the 8-1 Kodiak squad, and Sarina M. (10), Ali G. (9), Natalie R. (8), and Whitney R. (8) demonstrated this. The Richardi sisters controlled the boards with 19 rebounds between them. It was a healthy victory following a Friday night heartbreak at Calhan. After leading by 10 throughout the game, the team lost composure, and the Bulldogs fought back and hit a shot with .07 seconds to win 45-44. As with all sports, the most meaningful lessons are often the most challenging, but this team of seasoned players will find a way to turn the loss into a win.
The varsity boys’ game was the highlight of the day, decided by a desperation 4-point play by John N. ’19 with 2.7 seconds. Falling behind in the second half, the Kodiaks frantically tried to find the rim but fell short. With time running out and CSS trailing by four, John N. squared up and took the last shot from behind the arc. Not only did he drill the shot but also tied the game with the clutch, single free throw awarded after the foul on the shot. The additional period belonged to the Kodiaks as they outscored the Danes 8-1 in overtime. Luke T. ’20 led the attack on the boards with 12 rebounds, and brother Dean T. ’18 scored 8 points. Junior Matt C. ’19 hit some key jumpers and tallied 12 points to lead the team. The game provided a meaningful lesson on perseverance and playing through to the buzzer.
Next up is Kiowa on Tuesday, January 16, when the Indians visit CSS for 4:00/5:15/6:30 tip-offs. Action begins with the girls’ JV game, followed by varsity action. The hard working Kodiaks are fun to watch and always leave it all on the court. Come out and show your support!
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