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Lightning strikes twice for Rams

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jim Ryan Special to The Post IndependentRams guard Dalton Handy celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning shot in double overtime against Rifle on Saturday.
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Dalton Handy did it again.

A day after hitting a last-second shot to lift Roaring Fork to a 77-75 overtime win at Coal Ridge, Handy drained a game-winning 3-pointer to nab the Rams a 76-73 double-overtime win over visiting Rifle on Saturday.

Handy’s triple fell with just a few seconds left on the clock. In a last-ditch effort to tie the game, Rifle’s Taylor Webb countered with a shot from beyond the arc that rimmed out.



“We had some chances late,” Rifle coach Chris Lowther said. “We missed some free throws in the fourth quarter that we needed. We missed a couple of layups in the overtimes that would’ve helped us, too.”

Trae Moxley’s 20 points led the Rams, who finished the regular season with a 12-7 overall record and 9-4 mark in the 3A Western Slope League. Handy added 16 points, with seven of those coming in the overtime periods.



Rian Creech paced Rifle with 26 points. Von Church finished with 15, Taylor Boone 12 and Jacob Withee eight.

Rifle (9-10 overall, 8-5 in league) will host Basalt in Monday’s 3A WSL district tournament play-in game. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

During Saturday’s game, late Rifle basketball player Austin Booth received the local officials association’s sportsmanship award. Booth died last month after a bout with the flu. His siblings accepted the award.

In Friday’s 77-75 overtime win at Coal Ridge, Handy led Roaring Fork with 25 points. Dakotah Grett chipped in with 22 points for the Rams. Jake Strack-Loertscher scored 12 and Sam Carpenter finished with nine.

Nathan Terrin paced Coal Ridge, which finished its regular season at 11-8 overall and 8-5 in the 3A WSL, with 21 points. Darik Brown poured in 20 and Cody Walls added 11.

Behind 26 points from Cortney Cordova, Rifle’s girls scored a 67-16 win at Roaring Fork on Saturday.

The Bears took a 41-8 halftime lead and never looked back in improving to 19-0.

Next up for Rifle is the 3A WSL tournament.

The Rams (1-18) will head to Aspen on Monday for the district tournament play-in game.

A balanced effort helped Coal Ridge’s girls to a 43-31 win over visiting Roaring Fork on Friday.

Carly Cloninger scored 11 points, Ashlie Bowles 10 and Paige Ryan nine as the Titans finished out their regular season in triumphant fashion. The Titans will enter the forthcoming week’s 3A WSL district tournament with a 13-6 overall record and 9-4 league mark.

Megan Gianinetti led the Rams with nine points.


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