Add another Engesser name to Colorado Springs Christian’s 1,000-point record book.
Saturday, junior Megan Engesser followed her brother’s Nate and Justin’s footsteps into the 1,000-point club in a hard-fought battle with Fruita Monument in which Lions fell 30-29 thanks to a last-second shot by the Wildcats.
Entering Saturday’s game, CSCS coach and Engesser’s father, Mark, hoped that Megan didn’t know how close she was to the milestone.
She was 35 points away entering the Rampart Holiday Classic, and nine away on Day 3.
“I did know it was coming just because my brother was talking about it, but I tried not to think about it during the game,” Megan Engesser said.
Engesser scored seven in the first quarter, but missed her first three attempts of the second before draining a 3-pointer for the milestone bucket with two minutes left in the half.
After a small cheer from the crowd, play continued.
An announcement rang down as the game resumed, but Engesser looked unfazed and focused on Fruita Monument, which was leading 19-16 at the time.
“I heard the announcement but I was like, 'Nope, have to focus, we have to get a stop,'” Engesser said. “It’s nice because both of my brothers did it so it’s like I got that one under my belt, now I just have to go win state.”
Her brother Nate won a state title with the Lions in 2011-12, while Justin won most recently in 2015-16.
A back-and-forth battle picked up again in the second half with CSCS gaining a four-point edge with less than a minute to play.
But CSCS (6-2) and Fruita Monument (11-1) had been here before.
Last year the Lions and Wildcats battled into overtime during the Rampart Holiday Classic, as CSCS once again fell in a one-point game.
Angelique Gall sank a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left to bring the Wildcats within one. Seconds later Riley Snyder pulled down a rebound off a missed CSCS free-throw and drove down the court. Snyder took a shot just inside the 3-point line, which hit perfectly with just two seconds left on the clock.
Engesser led the Lions with 15 points followed by Katie McGrath with four. Gall had 12 for Fruita Monument, and Snyder led the team with 16.