Coal Ridge wins in Aspen for first time |

Coal Ridge wins in Aspen for first time

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Coal Ridge’s boys basketball team likes to play fast. A run-and-gun approach is what the Titans are known for.

On Friday, they topped the defending 3A Western Slope League champions with their defense.

Holding Aspen to four points in the second quarter and eight points in the third, Coal Ridge held on for a 42-35 win on the road.

“They tried to control the tempo, and they did a pretty good job at it,” Titans coach Paul Harvey said. “We’re learning to win games defensively and offensively. We’re learning some different styles, which is good for us.”

Brandon Bates led Coal Ridge (4-2) with 12 points in the teams’ 3A WSL opener. Darik Brown added 11 and Tyler Guettler had nine as the Titans won for the first time in Aspen.

“It was just a collective, whole team defensive effort,” Harvey said. “The whole team helped out. We really harassed some folks.”

Bridger Dawson led the Skiers (3-4) with 12 points. Jake Nugent added 10.

Behind 13 points from Paige Ryan, Coal Ridge’s girls scored a 43-28 win at Aspen on Friday.

The Titans outscored the Skiers 10-0 in the first quarter to grab the upper hand in both teams’ 3A WSL opener. Carly Cloninger added 10 points.

Bailey Everhart scored 12 points for Aspen.

Dakotah Grett scored 15 points and Jake Strack-Loertscher chipped in with 13 as Roaring Fork’s boys opened 3A WSL play with a 52-49 win at Olathe on Friday.

The win pushed the Rams’ overall record to 4-3. Olathe fell to 1-5.

Playing fast and pressuring the Rams at every turn, Olathe’s girls scored a 56-11 win over visiting Roaring Fork on Friday.

Megan Gianinetti and Kaleigh Wisroth led the Rams (0-7) with four points apiece.

“They played really quick and we couldn’t handle the pressure, having way too many turnovers,” Roaring Fork coach Justin Perdue said.

Morgan Stansberry paced Olathe (5-2) with 10 points. Friday’s game was the 3A WSL opener for both teams.

Bubby Beecraft led the way with 21 points as Grand Valley’s boys opened 3A WSL play with a 71-50 win at Hotchkiss on Friday.

The Cardinals, who improved to 4-1 overall, led 32-26 at halftime and then found another gear in the second half.

“We just kind of went out and got some open looks,” Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera said. “Bubby Beecraft shot the ball really well.”

Dylan Walters chipped in with 17 points and Matt Donello and Trevor Smith both scored 11 points for the Cardinals.

Hotchkiss dropped to 2-3.

Grand Valley’s girls topped Hotchkiss, 48-28, on Friday. No further information was available at press time.

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