Dream season comes to an end for Coal Ridge
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Coal Ridge’s dream season came to an end on Friday.
A mid-game rally lifted Brush to a 40-24 win over the underdog Titans – seeded 27th in the 32-team 3A girls basketball state playoffs – in Friday’s state tournament consolation game.
Coal Ridge, which lost to Olathe in Thursday’s state quarterfinals at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena, just couldn’t generate much offense against the No. 7 Beetdiggers.
A baseline jumper by Ashlie Bowles and 3-pointer by Chasity Gonzales were the Titans’ only baskets in the first quarter as Brush took a 7-5 lead into the second quarter.
Coal Ridge went ahead 13-11, with about 2 minutes, 30 second left until halftime. But Brush responded in a big way, capitalizing on foul shots and piecing together an 8-0 run to end the half.
The Beetdiggers followed with seven more unanswered points in the third quarter to push their lead to 26-13. They held the Titans without a third-quarter point until Tori Verdieck converted an offensive putback with 57 seconds left.
Verdieck’s bucket kicked off a 6-0 Coal Ridge run. Brush responded with a late third-quarter basket to make it 28-19 after three.
Brush put the game away in the fourth. It didn’t help the Titans that Verdieck fouled out early in the frame.
Verdieck and Bowles led Coal Ridge with six points apiece. Sam Wilson had five points, Chelsie Ryan four and Gonzales three.
Erin Berg paced Brush (23-3) with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alicia Nichols scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds and finished with four assists and four steals.
The Beetdiggers will face St. Mary’s in today’s fifth-place game.
A lack of offense plagued the Titans during their two-day stay at the state tournament. They didn’t reach double figures in scoring in a single quarter and hit just 18 of 108 field goals in their two games. Coal Ridge opened the tournament with a 40-25 loss to Olathe in Thursday’s state quarterfinals.
On Friday, the Titans shot at an 8-for-50 clip from the floor.
Five Coal Ridge seniors – Brianna Rhodes, Chelyn McCain, Wilson, Verdieck and Ryan – saw their high school basketball careers come to an end.
– Jack Jabbour, a broadcaster for KMTS 99.1 FM, contributed to this report. Find his report on the game at http://www.kmts.com/sports.html
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