Girls Basketball Roundup: Roaring Fork girls ground the Cardinals |

Girls Basketball Roundup: Roaring Fork girls ground the Cardinals

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Grand Valley's Ashley Radel (left) and Lauren Paskett (back) ddefend Roaring Fork's Megan Gianinetti during Saturday's third-place game of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament at Palisade High School. Roaring Fork won, 45-39.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Roaring Fork High School’s girls basketball team wanted its season to have a better chance of extending into the springtime on Saturday. With that, the Rams relied on Autumn.

Autumn Grandberry scored a game-high 16 points and was a big factory for the Rams on defense, helping Roaring Fork prevail 45-39 over Grand Valley in the third-place game of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament.

“She reveled in this today,” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. “She’s our toughest. She just doesn’t know it yet. Hopefully she does after this game.”

Grandberry and the rest of the Rams (13-9) will have a chance to realize that this week. Their victory over the Cardinals (15-7) will give them a higher seed in the Class 3A state tournament. Those seeds will be announced today.

Megan Gianinetti added 10 points and Maddie Nieslanik chipped in eight for the Rams, who trailed 14-4 after one quarter. That came in part from Grand Valley’s stellar long-range shooting, as Haley Johnson (14 points), Ashlynn Speakman (10 points) and Rocio Roman (eight points) combined to hit eight 3-pointers over the course of the game.

Not that it mattered, as Grandberry’s defense in the second half on Johnson – the Cardinals’ leading scorer – helped limit Grand Valley’s offense to just 13 points.

“We wanted this badly, and we got beat by them twice this year,” Grandberry said. “I know that I really wanted to beat them, and our seniors especially did since this was their last time at districts.”

Lisa Camilletti scored 12 points for Moffat County’s girls in their 46-41 victory over Olathe in the tournament’s title game. Haley Turley scored a game-high 22 points for the Pirates, who held a 30-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.

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