Coal Ridge girls drop a pair of league matchups to Summit, Delta

Coal Ridge junior Rilyn Krueger looks for an open teammate while the Titans host Summit on Friday.
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Coal Ridge girls basketball suffered a 42-23 league loss Friday at home against Summit and again Saturday at home to Delta, 54-48, marking the third and fourth losses of the Titans’ 2022-23 season.

“They are good,” Titans head coach Clyde Morgan said of Summit. “We knew that going into this game that they were going to be tough. They’ve played a lot of tough teams and they’ve had pretty close games with all of them.”

While the Titans have been red hot lately, notching nine wins overall, Tigers senior, Autumn Rivera, proved unstoppable. She put up 22 points to lead the Tigers to their fourth win on the season.

On the other end, Coal Ridge senior Jackie Camunez, who now leads the Titans in scoring, was quieted to four total points.

Coal Ridge’s Alexandra Jaquez rises for a layup against Summit at home Friday.
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Morgan also said some of his starters didn’t play full games due to undisclosed disciplinary action.

“Last week, we had a little thing that happened,” he said. “So those girls had to sit out a couple games last week and then come back. They owed us a little bit more and they’re trying to earn their way back into the rotation.”

Summit shot off to a great start, going on an 8-0 run in the first quarter. But two-point layups from Titans sophomores Brilee Jensen and Andrea Jaquez helped the Titans come back, 10-7, at the end of the quarter. 

At 1:53 in the second quarter, Rivera connected on a basket after the foul — hitting the free throw — and seconds later she hit another two-point basket. The Tigers went into halftime with an 18-12 lead.

Rivera continued her scoring spree in the second half, scoring another eight points. 

Titans junior Brooklyn Richards would hit a three pointer at 2:26 in the third quarter, which was essentially the last chance Coal Ridge could build momentum. Instead, the Tigers continued to score and thwart the Titans’ offense.

Coal Ridge junior Riley Cheney concentrates on the hoop during a free throw attempt against Summit on Friday.
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“Those other girls stepped out and done well for us,” Morgan said. “We had a couple JV and C-team girls on there that came up and gave us some solid minutes, and they’re great role players.”

Details from the Delta game were not available Sunday via Maxpreps.

Coal Ridge girls now have nine wins and four losses overall, and are 1-2 in 4A Western Slope League. The Lady Titans play at Rifle at 6 p.m. on Friday.

“We know how to play, we have girls who know how to play the game and we’ve got a lot of experience,” Morgan said. “We’ve got to learn from some of the mistakes that we’ve made tonight, eliminate some turnovers.

In other girls basketball action Friday night, Roaring Fork fell in its home stand against Cedaredge, 67-36. A score from the Rifle at Basalt game was not reported. And, on Saturday, it was Grand Valley 75, Meeker 36; scores were not reported from Rifle vs. Steamboat Springs or Roaring Fork at North Fork.

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