Gazette Preps Girls Basketball Peak Performer of the Year: Megan Engesser, Colorado Springs Christian School

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Photo - A photo illustration of Megan Engesser is the Girls' 3A-1A Basketball Peak Performer of the Year, inspired by the movie The Princess Bride. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

A photo illustration of Megan Engesser is the Girls' 3A-1A Basketball Peak Performer of the Year, inspired by the movie The Princess Bride. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Colorado Springs Christian School basketball standout Megan Engesser is figuring out just how fast a high school career can fly by.

While time may be going by slower for the Lions’ Tri-Peak League foes, Engesser finds herself down to one final chance to bring home seemingly the only thing left for her to accomplish, a Class 3A state championship.

The Lions have finished a win short each of the past two seasons.

“It’s tough being right there and having it taken away from you,” Engesser said. “But I still have one more year.”

Engesser sparked a revitalization of the CSCS program, leading the Lions to a 17-7 season with 16.3 points per game as a freshman. The team went 5-15 the year before.

Her scoring picked up slightly, as she led CSCS to the state championship game as a sophomore. Engesser led the Lions back to the 3A title game as a junior, only to see league rival St. Mary’s take a close game.

The Lions’ leading scorer put up 21 points in the championship game. She increased her averages to 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.9 assists to earn Gazette Preps Class 3A-1A Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She had three double-doubles and four 30-point games, including a season-high 39 points against The Vanguard School on Jan. 17 when she hit 6 of 12 3-pointers, all five of her free throws and added 10 rebounds.

Megan Engesser is the Girls' 3A-1A Basketball Peak Performer of the Year. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

She’s already surpassed 1,000 career points and is on pace to hit 2,000 if she can add three points to her junior year total as a senior. Engesser was seventh in state ranks in points per game regardless of class.

Seeing No. 33 open behind the 3-point arc is a frightening thought for opposing coaches. Engesser made 46 percent of 146 attempts from deep as a sophomore before making 40 percent of 219 tries as a junior. She had five or more 3-pointers in eight games as a junior.

“She’s one of the better 3-point shooters we’ve had to face through the years,” St. Mary’s coach Mike Burkett said.

Earlier this winter, Engesser earned a nod as one of the top small-school players in area history.

After spending a spring with the Lions' golf team, a first for Engesser, she’ll look to increase her recruiting prospects and improve her game in the offseason with the Colorado Basketball Club. She hopes she can improve her ball handling and mid-range game and earn a couple of scholarship offers.

“I really hope to play basketball in college,” she said.

While AAU tournaments bring college coaches in bigger numbers, a state championship can only be won in the winter.

“Definitely a state championship,” answered Engesser when asked what she wanted out of her final season.

With Engesser and classmate Rachel Ingram, the Lions’ second-leading scorer the last couple of seasons, left with one year remaining together, there’s a hope next season can be the one CSCS has been building toward, and Engesser is excited to find out.

“I’m definitely already ready for the next season to start,” Engesser said.