Balanced effort lifts Rifle girls |

Balanced effort lifts Rifle girls

A balanced offensive effort lifted Rifle’s girls basketball team to a 53-25 win over Montezuma-Cortez to open the Palisade Tournament on Thursday.

Ashley Rickstrew led the Bears (1-1) with 13 points. Joey Kuheim pitched in with 11 points. Jasmine Figueira led the team with nine assists.

“We had a great game, much better than our first, of ‘team’ basketball,” Rifle coach Stephanie Heald said. “Joey cleaned up on the boards with her size and strength, and, in Rifle form, we ran the ball well on offense.”

The Bears erupted for 21 points in the third quarter to pad their lead. Defensively, Rifle didn’t allow a point in the fourth quarter.

Sydney Bayles led Cortez with 11 points.

Rifle’s boys dropped their Thursday matchup with Cortez, losing by a 62-47 count.

The Bears (1-1) couldn’t recover from a first quarter in which they were outscored 20-5.

Tanner Quick’s 10 points led Rifle, which got eight points apiece from Triston Quigley, Adam Rice and Jake Statler.

Tournament play resumes today.

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