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Grand Valley girls on a roll

Sami Jo Krieg
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sami Jo Krieg courtesy photo

The Cardinals are on an impressive streak of wins since they came back from Christmas break. Defeating Cedaredge, Coal Ridge, Roaring Folk, and Basalt, I think it’s safe to say the Cardinals are playing strong.

Saturday afternoon, the Cards met up with the Aspen Lady Skiers in Parachute. It was an intense first half, with both teams flying around the court.

Aspen was what we call ‘scrappy,’ meaning they were all over the court and made adjustments quickly. In some cases, this kind of play can throw a team off. Not this time for Grand Valley.

By the second half, Grand Valley was patient and making smart plays. The final score was 60-34, with the Cards putting another one in the win column.

With an improving record, it is quite possible the Cardinals could make it to postseason.

Point guard Shawnee Young says, “I love seeing the team being together and helping each other earn the wins. I’m eager to see where we will make it because we have high hopes.”

They are currently second in the standings in the 3A Western Slope League behind Olathe. The Cardinals lost to the Pirates earlier in the season; however, their next battle is predicted to be a great game.

The Cardinals were also using all their tools against Aspen. We saw quite a few shots go up from the posts.

Senior post Tiffany Waugh had 10 points, and now has 103 points total this season. She has become a strong, confident player over the last year and a half.

Shawnee Young has had a pretty successful couple of weeks. Young scored 14 points against Roaring Fork last Saturday and has a total of 102 points.

Another excellent game from Erin Vanderpool Saturday. She scored 23 points. Averaging 15 points a game and being tough defensive player, she has become a college target. She is waiting to hear from several schools, in and out of state.

The Cardinals have a full week of practice before their trip all the way to Gunnison next Friday. The game will start at 6 p.m.

Aspen is doing really well this season, with a 10-0 record already. They are going to be hard for anyone to beat.

Cardinal coach Jake Higuera wrote, “Believe!! One thing I know for sure. … We will leave our hearts on the battle field!”

Nicely put, because that was what it was going to take for the Cardinals to defeat the Skiers on Saturday.

Some were calling it a David and Goliath game. And, for the first half, it looked as though it might end that way.

Bubby Beecraft and Trevor Smith were hitting shots from the outside. Everyone in the bleachers, on the bench and on the court was excited.

Their hustle and determination threw the Skiers for a loop and, at halftime, it appeared as if they were going to bring down the No. 1 team in the league.

And then there was the second half – Aspen came out like an angry storm. The Cardinals lost their grip and ended up losing, 57-37.

They will travel with the girls to Gunnison Friday. Their game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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