DENVER – Colorado Springs Christian teammates Megan Engesser and Rachel Ingram, still reeling from a loss in the 3A state finals earlier in the month, found themselves on different teams to begin the state’s all-star weekend.
Throughout all of it, the two have remained tenaciously loyal -- so much so, that on Friday night Engesser and Ingram did their best not to match up against one another in the Girls’ Top 40 game as Ingram’s Blue Team beat Engesser’s White Team 81-58 at Metro State University.
“I just wanted her to have a good time and for me to have a good time and it’s not as fun if we’re competing against each other,” Engesser said.
“It was weird,” Ingram laughed.
Ingram swished a 3 well back of the arc in the second quarter only to have Engesser counter with a 3 of her own. The two looked at each other on their way back down the court, shrugged and shared a laugh.
The two junior guards have been a dynamic one-two punch since their freshmen debuts, immediately taking the Lions from four straight losing seasons to a 17-7 record in 2016. With them, CSCS is 64-14 in the last three seasons and has gone to the state finals the last two years.
The only thing still missing is a state title.
Earlier in the month, they fell to Tri-Peaks rival St. Mary’s in an entertaining 3A title game. In what could be an awkward position Saturday, Engesser will play alongside the Pirates’ Josephine Howery in the 1A-3A game, again opposite of Ingram.
“She’ll be able to deal with it,” Ingram said.
Mesa Ridge’s Serin Dunne and Ingram each had 10 points for the Blue Team. Sierra’s D’nae Wilson had 11 points for the White Team, while Engesser had eight and Sand Creek’s Bailey Torres added seven.
Dunne stole “The Show" early, hitting her first three shots, including a mesmerizing layup that saw her spin around two defenders. The sophomore came on strong in the second half of the season and scored in the double digits in 13 of her final 21 games, hitting better than 50 percent from the field in 10 of those.
She finished the year with 9.6 points per game for a Grizzlies squad that finished one victory shy of making the 4A state finals. Next season, Mesa Ridge will be without star guard Chloe Welch next year but will bring back a nice core that includes Angelina Jackson and Dunne.
“A lot of people are going to have to step up their game, but I think we can do it,” Dunne said. “Losing Chloe is going to be hard, but I think our team can step up. Everyone has a role and they’re going to step up that role.”