Girls hoops: Grizzlies continue to battle injuries

Jim Benton
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ThunderRidge girls coach Bill Bradley can’t win for losing.

After compiling a 4-7 non-league record, the injury-plagued Grizzlies reeled off four straight victories in the Continental League before No. 2 Highlands Ranch clobbered ThunderRidge, 74-36, in a league game last Saturday night in the Falcons’ gym.

Senior Taylor Williams, whose has signed to play at Long Beach State, is getting her timing and confidence back after missing 13 games with a knee injury. Senior center Megan Yoney broke her hand prior to the Christmas break and sophomore guard Jessica Zweifel is sidelined with a separated shoulder.

“Every time we turn around we get somebody hurt,” said Bradley. “We get Taylor back but we haven’t had Megan since Christmas with a broken hand and then Jess who had been starting but we haven’t had her the last two games because of a separated shoulder. She’ll be out five or six weeks.

“We’re having trouble getting consistency with all our injuries.”

Still, ThunderRidge (8-8) is only a game behind the Continental League leaders.

Top-ranked Regis Jesuit (16-1), No. 2 Highlands Ranch (14-3) and No. 4 Rock Canyon (15-2) were tied with 5-0 league marks going into this week’s action.

The following is a capsule glance at last week’s action.

LITTLETON - The Lions lost by 35 points to ThunderRidge and by 22 to Rock Canyon.

Four players tied for scoring honors with four points against the Grizzlies while Stacey Zuppa scored 10 points to lead Littleton (7-10) against Rock Canyon.

HERITAGE - The Eagles (2-15) saw their losing skid reach 11 games with losses to Chaparral and Castle View.

Heritage, Littleton and Ponderosa were all 0-5 going into Tuesday night’s action.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles (9-11) build on a 16-point halftime lead in a 65-35 win over Wheat Ridge. Kendall Bradbury scored 19 points and Caroline Bryan 13 in the victory.