PEACH VALLEY, Colorado - A big 56-43 win at home against Cedaredge Friday kept the Coal Ridge girls in the thick of the 3A Western Slope League race.
The Lady Titans led from the start, including a 30-14 edge at the intermission, and extended the lead to 20 points after three.
"This was a very good win for us," Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. "We did a good job defensively shutting them down and turning that into points on our end."
Junior Paige Ryan paced the Titans with 16 points, followed by junior Amanda Wenzel with 12 and senior Cassidy Blackard with eight.
Coal Ridge moves to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the league to hold onto the fourth position behind Olathe, Moffat County and Grand Valley. Cedaredge fell to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league with the loss.
The Coal Ridge boys made a run in the fourth quarter, but came up short in a 61-59 loss to the visiting Bruins in the nightcap.
Cedaredge led 32-27 at the half, and the teams played even through the third. Coal Ridge outpaced the Bruins 20-17 in the final frame.
Titans' junior Andy Bowles had 17 points, followed by fellow juniors Richie Winkler Winkler with 12 and Ely Arreola with 11.
The Bruins' Reid Gates poured in 24 points for the victors.
Coal Ridge drops to 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the league. Cedaredge improved to 6-3 and 4-2.
In other 3A WSL girls action Friday, Roaring Fork topped Aspen, 56-26, Grand Valley beat Gunnison at home, 43-40, and Moffat County defeated Basalt 72-28.
In boys' action, Moffat County beat Basalt, 75-50, Roaring Fork topped Aspen, 45-42 in overtime (see story, above). A score from the Gunnison at Grand Valley boys game was not available at press time.
PALISADE, Colorado - The Glenwood Springs girls dropped their second game in a row and dropped a spot in the competitive 4A Western Slope League standings to fifth with a disappointing 43-39 loss at Palisade Friday night.
The Lady Demons (7-3 overall, 3-3 league) held a slim lead through three quarters, but were outscored 21-13 in the fourth period by the host Bulldogs. Palisade improved to 4-2 in the league and 5-6 overall with the win.
The teams were tied, 36-36, with one minute, 14 seconds to play in the game, but Glenwood couldn't get its shots to fall down the stretch. For the game, the Lady Demons were just 14 for 50 from the floor, while making just nine of 17 free throws.
Palisade, meanwhile, was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the final three minutes. Bulldog freshman Aspen Guray came off the bench to score 14 points for Palisade.
"It was just one of those crazy nights where everyone was off at the same time," Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said. "I watched Palisade Tuesday (a 47-30 loss at Rifle), and this was a different team tonight. I give them credit."
Glenwood senior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler led the Lady Demons with 13 points. Junior Delaney Gaddis finished with 10.
On the boys' side, Glenwood held the lead until midway through the second quarter before the Bulldogs went on a 25-0 run that lasted until the 2:15 point in the third. By then, Palisade held a 21-point lead and continued to pour it on the visiting Demons for the 71-46 win.
"We executed our game plan in the first half, but got away from that at the end of the first half and going into the second," Demons coach Cory Hitchcock said. "We need to mature more as players, and do a better job of staying as focused at the end of the half as in the fourth quarter."
The Demons also had 35 turnovers on the night, which contributed to the lopsided loss.
Sophomore Brian Burbidge was the top scorer for Glenwood with 12 points, followed by freshman Cameron Horning with nine.
Glenwood falls to 3-8 overall and 2-4 in league play, while Palisade improved to 8-3 and 6-0 to hang with Delta in the 4A WSL.
(Statistics and game details provided by KMTS radio.)
RIFLE, Colorado - The visiting Delta girls controlled from the start in a key 4A Western Slope League game against Rifle Friday night for a 47-41 win to remain undefeated atop the league standings at 4-0.
Rifle had the game tied early in the fourth quarter and outscored Delta 17-14 in the final stanza to make it close. But the Lady Panthers pulled away in the final minutes for the six-point win.
The Lady Bears (7-4 overall, 5-2 league) were paced by junior Chante Church with 16 points. Seniors Jasmine Figueira and Joey Kuheim both finished with 10 points.
Delta's Skylyn Webb and Callie Gafford both had 18 points. The Lady Panthers improved to 6-3 on the season.
In the boys game, Rifle (3-7, 1-5) dropped a seven-point decision to Delta, 57-50.
The Bears cut the lead to two with about three minutes to play in the game, but the Panthers converted down the stretch to hang on for the win.
"Our kids played well for 28 minutes, and it was an improvement over Tuesday," coach Roger Walters said, referring to a 42-38 loss to Palisade earlier this week.
Delta remains tied atop the boys 4A WSL standings with Palisade at 6-3 and 4-0 in league play.