Cardinals outshoot the Cowboys |

Cardinals outshoot the Cowboys

Grand Valley Watch
Sami Jo Krieg
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sami Jo Krieg

The pounding sound of basketballs filled the Grand Valley High School gym once again.

From tipoff, there was a blur of white and black up and down the court. This year, the Lady Cardinals basketball team doesn’t have the advantage of height. However, these girls have some hustle.

They appeared to make those Gunnison girls’ heads spin as they flew around the court. The Cardinals started off the half leading by a fair margin but in the end won, 44-31.

Running a relatively new press, the Cardinals were tough on defense. Returning varsity starter and senior Erin Vanderpool had an impressive individual showing at Saturday’s game. Almost beating her personal record, Vanderpool scored 25 points against the Cowboys.

She made layup after layup and a few beautiful shots from the outside.

Vanderpool is an obvious leader on the court. A humble player, Vanderpool gives a lot of credit to her team for assists and hard work that benefited her on the scoreboard. She wants her team to do well and bring home a golden ball at the end of the season.

“Gunnison was big so we knew we had to outwork them,” Vanderpool said.

Returning point guard Shawnee Young had an excellent game as well. She is a great shooter and smart with assists, making her a valuable weapon for the Cardinals.

Grand Valley will spend the week preparing for its bout with Basalt Friday at 5:30 p.m.

“They are big and have a lot of key starters. We will have to give 150 percent,” Vanderpool said.

The boys returned to the court this weekend, ending in a victory. The Cardinals are a smaller team by comparison; however, they, like the GV girls, are fast. Speedy Omar Melendrez and senior Tyler Radel flash around with the ball.

The game was neck and neck from the beginning buzzer to the last minutes of the game. It took a three-point shot from Matt Donello to push the Cards ahead. Shortly after, a couple fouls from the Cowboys sent the Cards to the line.

It went down in the books as 46-39, Cardinals.

The boys will also travel to Basalt. Varsity starts at 7 p.m.

Team Grand Valley made an impressive appearance in Delta Saturday.

Sending Jared Tonder at 140, Tyler Miles at 152, Ryan Gallegos at 145, Chris Forney at 189, David Witt at 160 and Kelcey Satterfield at 171 to the finals. Miles and Gallegos came out on top.

Miles pinned and Gallegos won by decision.

Congratulations to Gallegos, who won outstanding wrestler at the tournament.

The boys have their work cut out for them next weekend. They will be traveling to Central High School for the Warrior Classic.

This is a huge tournament that rivals state because the best of the best teams are invited. Most of the athletes look forward it to all season.

The Warrior Classic is Friday and Saturday.

Sami Jo Krieg is a Grand Valley High School student.

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