Rematch of 2012 State Championship Ends in Defeat for Coyotes

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Conner Lund

Junior PG Francesca Cendali fires a three in Monarch's game against Legacy High School on Friday, February 15th at Monarch High School. The Coyotes lost by a score of 53 to 47.

Conner Lund, News Editor

The Monarch girls’ basketball team suffered a loss to Legacy tonight by a score of 53-47. The game was  characterized by highly aggressive play. Both teams clashed on the court with multiple fouls as well as scuffling on the ground.

“I didn’t think we came out hard enough. The fourth quarter we really picked up our intensity, and that’s when we started to make our comeback, and that’s how we should’ve played the entire game,” said sophomore guard Raegen Rohn. Rohn contributed 7 points in the first half to keep Monarch hanging on going into halftime by a score of 30-21.

Head Coach Chris Lewis said, “Our strategy was to just be an aggressive team, and put a lot of pressure on the guards, and to their credit they did a really good job handling the ball.”

Lewis maintained a positive attitude on the game, “I think we just didn’t execute a couple of times down the court, and a couple of fundamental breakdowns on defense, but my girls played really hard, and every time we play Legacy it’s a battle to the end,” said head coach Chris Lewis

Monarch is now 7-7 in the 5A Front Range League. Going into the game, Legacy’s record was 5-8. It was certainly a game the Coyotes would have liked to get another shot at, as this loss pushes them down the standings of the F.R.L.
Although suffering a loss, the Coyotes will look to rebound and make a push for postseason action. Up next for Chris Lewis’ squad is a league leading Horizon squad. Horizon will be riding a five game win streak into the matchup. In their January 15th contest with Horizon the Coyotes lost by a score of 63-58.