PARACHUTE, Colorado - Roaring Fork's boys basketball coaching staff has been urging Dakotah Grett to shoot more. At Grand Valley on Friday, Grett showed he's been listening.
Connecting on five 3-pointers and accounting for 22 points, the senior guard helped his team to a 69-46 win over the host Cardinals.
"Coach told me to start shooting more," Grett said. "So I started shooting, and it was falling."
"It's good to see him getting on a roll," Rams coach Larry Williams said.
Meanwhile, down in the paint, Trae Moxley battled his way to a 20-point night for Roaring Fork. With the defense focusing its attention on the 6-foot-5 senior, that opened up Grett for some open looks.
"Trae draws a lot of attention inside, so it really opens things up for the guards," Grett said. "You kind of have to pick your poison."
Izzy Leyva finished with seven points for the Rams, who won their fourth straight game and improved to 4-2 overall and to 3-0 in the 3A Western Slope League. Jack Fisher and Tanner Nieslanik finished with six points apiece and Ben Carpenter scored five.
Tyler Scott and Santos Cornejo ended the night with 12 points apiece for Grand Valley, which dipped to 0-6 overall and to 0-3 in the 3A WSL. Wyatt Hurst scored nine and Ben Coleman six.
"We do some good things in spurts and we show our youth in spurts," Cardinals coach Scott Parker said. "But I like my kids. They play hard. When you play hard and stay together, good things will happen."
Grand Valley girls basketball coach Mike Johnson will take a 23-for-29 performance at the foul line any night. The Cardinals' showing at the stripe certainly went a long way in Friday's 62-53 win over Roaring Fork.
Connecting on 18 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, Grand Valley was able to keep the pesky Rams at bay. The Cardinals also sunk seven 3-pointers on the night.
"That's pretty impressive," Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. "If you're going to be a good team on top of the league, that's where those numbers should be."
Couple that shooting proficiency with a pressure defense that flustered the Rams and you have Grand Valley's recipe for success.
"We've got to pressure them and make it a full-court game," Cardinals coach Mike Johnson said. "They have such a height advantage."
"Right now, we're our own worst enemy," Cheney said. "Every team we play this year is going to be like Grand Valley or like Craig or Glenwood. They're going to be smaller and quicker. They're going to be like that Jack Russell terrier. We can't freak out, because we have the parts and pieces in place to control it."
Haley Johnson paced the Cardinals, now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play, with 18 points. Ashlynn Speakman finished with 16 points, Ashley Radel 11, Rocio Roman eight and Tarianna Lawrence six.
"I thought our offense really worked well today," Haley Johnson said. "We really clicked as a team. We did what we were supposed to do."
Megan Gianinetti finished with 15 points for Roaring Fork (2-4 overall, 2-1 in the 3A WSL). Shaeley Lough finished with 12. Hattie Gianinetti and Toni Gross scored eight apiece and Maddie Nieslanik had six points.