Young squad downs Skiers in home opener

Brandon Warr

Times Staff Writer


GHS Girls Basketball — There is no greater feeling in sports than winning. 

The excitement, joy and sense of accomplishment winning brings, has made some forget that winning isn’t everything.

Every program eventually goes through a rebuild phase, making improvements over the course of a season more important than winning games.  

“Up to this point and time, the girls’ basketball season has been a wonderful journey,” said Gunnison High School (GHS) girls head coach Chad Terry. “The girls continue to work very hard and the results have been tremendous improvement on the basketball court. That was truly evidenced with our home games this past weekend.” 

Despite the GHS girls basketball team being 1-11 overall on the season, one couldn’t tell from their last two games, as they recorded their two highest scoring outputs on the season against Aspen and Basalt — resulting in their first win of the season.

Melita Ferchau led the way for the Cowboys scoring 21 of their 37 points on the way to a victory over Aspen, who only scored 30 points. 

“It felt amazing to get the win,” said Ferchau. “Scoring points is great and I really appreciate all the love I've been getting, but it's really all about having fun with my teammates and working hard to constantly get better.”

The following night GHS improved on their scoring performance — scoring 41 points — yet it wasn’t enough as they fell, 54-41. Ferchau led the way again, recording 18 points.

Coming into last weekend’s games, GHS scored on average only 18.4 points per game.

Coach Terry attributes the improvement to several things. 

“In looking at our strengths as a team, about two weeks ago we revamped our offense and it has been a benefit in helping isolate and get the ball to our post players,” said Terry. “The girls are just becoming more comfortable as basketball players and, again, their improvement both individually and as a team is incredible. It takes time for a team to gel together and we are now seeing the varsity girls simply playing better as a team. This just comes with time and practice.”

With six games left to go — four of those being league games — the Cowboys currently sit in eighth place in the Western Slope League (WSL) standings with a 1-4 league record.

GHS could have a chance to host the play in round of the district tournament — however they have to beat Olathe on Tuesday and need a few other things to happen.

The Cowboys will be home again on Saturday taking on Cedaredge at 12:30 p.m. GHS will play Olathe on Tuesday on the road at 5:30 p.m.


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