Belleview Christian falls short of title

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BROOMFIELD - The Belleview Christian Bruins were a force on the basketball court for much of the season, but they met their match in the Class 1A girls’ state basketball tournament.

The Bruins fell to state champion Wiley, 36-22 on March 14 and then lost to Norwood 25-21 on March 15 at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield.

Belleview Christian (20-5 overall) struggled offensively in the state tournament, scoring a combined 43 points in the state tourney and shooting a dismal 18 percent against Wiley and 20 percent against Norwood.

Wiley won the state title after topping Kim, 41-40 in the title match. Norwood beat Caliche 47-34 in the third-place match.

The Bruins finished the season averaging 47 points a game, which was the eighth most in 1A. They also were second in rebounding, with 37.6 a game and led 1A in blocks with 7.5. Belleview Christian finished second in the 5280 League with a 6-1 record, its lone loss in conference came in a 43-37 loss to Jim Elliot Christian.

Against Wiley, Rhonda Hohn led the way with nine points. While Sydney Ahaneku had seven points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and four steals.

In the loss to Norwood, MacKenzie Woods led the way with 11 points and seven boards.

The Bruins were limited to only seven points in the first half against the Panthers and were limited to only eight points in the second half against Norwood.

Belleview Christian will lose seniors Kayla Iwahashi and Kelsie Birch, but will return a talented group for next year’s squad - including Ahaneku and Woods, who are the squad’s top two scorers. Ahaneku averaged a team-high 12 points, while Woods averaged 10.2.

Ahaneku also led the squad with 12.3 rebounds and 5.4 blocks, she also had 14 double-doubles and two triple-doubles this season.

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