DENVER - Rock Canyon’s Kendall Koslosky proved last Saturday that actions speak louder than words.
Koslosky admits she was nervous but her actions were decisive in leading Rock Canyon to a 63-61 victory over Denver East in a battle of Class 5A ranked girls basketball teams in the Manual High School Thunderdome.
No. 8 Rock Canyon trailed the sixth-ranked Angels 61-59 when the Jaguars set up a play for Koslosky.
The 5-foot-11 junior went to the basket, scored and drew a foul. The left-hander swished the free throw to complete the old-fashioned 3-point play which gave the Jaguars a 62-61 lead with nine seconds to play.
Lexy Thorderson’s free throw with three seconds on the clock sealed Rock Canyon’s sixth win in eight games.
“I was like okay when they set up the play,” Koslosky said.
“They had enough confidence in me to do it and that made me feel good.
“I was really nervous. I got fouled and then the free throw, I was like freaking out a little bit. It was real exciting.”
Rock Canyon coach Robbie Ballard had a talk with Koslosky at halftime after East outscored the Jaguars 24-9 in the second quarter to take a 38-30 lead at intermission.
“At halftime I told her I didn’t think she had a very good first half I said we need you to show up this game,” said Ballard. “Second half she started getting it going.
“In the huddle I said, hey I’m drawing this play for you. You finish this thing. She came off and was strong and got it. That was a huge play. She’s been a varsity starter since she was a freshman.”
Koslosky scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half for a Rock Canyon team that does not have a senior on its roster.
“There is a lot of pressure that falls on these juniors since we have no seniors and they’ve all played a lot of varsity minutes the past two years,” said Ballard.
Rock Canyon played at Montbello last Monday and has three more non-league games before starting play in the Continental League.
“Our team is progressing,” said Ballard. “We’re starting to understand our mistakes. We are still making plenty of them. We’re not a real deep team but we have some players who are stepping up.”