Coal Ridge tops Roaring Fork, keeps season alive |

Coal Ridge tops Roaring Fork, keeps season alive

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Rebounding from a 15-point first half, Coal Ridge kept its season alive with a 56-49 consolation win at Roaring Fork in 3A Western Slope League district tournament action on Thursday.

The Titans will face Gunnison at Palisade High School in Saturday’s 10:45 a.m. fifth-place game. The winner nabs the tournament’s final regional playoff spot.

It took a mighty effort to keep Coal Ridge’s season afloat. The Titans trailed, 21-15, at the half.

“We came out a little bit flat after our disappointing loss last night [to Aspen],” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “It was our third game in four days. At halftime, we chewed them out a bit.”

Whatever Harvey said in the locker room did the trick. The Titans won the second half, 41-28.

“We played one of the worst second halves we’ve had all year,” Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said. “We just freaked out against their press. We threw the ball away. Give [the Titans] credit. They fought hard. It was their third game in four days.”

Andy Smedra led Coal Ridge (6-16) with 14 points. Nathan Terrin finished with 10 and Darik Brown and Tyler Guettler finished with nine apiece.

“Tyler Guettler kept attacking the rim to start the third,” Harvey said. “That kind of got our energy going. After that, we kept inching closer.”

Dalton Handy and Jake Hawkins scored 14 points apiece to pace Roaring Fork, which finished up its year with a 7-14 record. Jake Strack-Loertscher chipped in with 13 points.

“Wrapping our season, whether we played well or not, the kids worked hard for me all year,” Williams said. “They worked hard for each other.”

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