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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Fernando Carreon’s layup with time expiring lifted Rifle’s boys basketball team to a 64-62 win at Hotchkiss on Saturday.
Inbounding the ball with 2.6 seconds left in a tie ballgame, the Bears’ Taylor Webb lofted a baseball pass into the hands of Austin Booth, who passed it off to Carreon.
Carreon took care of the rest, as Rifle won for the second time in as many days.
“We were scared that, when Austin caught it and we made one more pass, we’d run out of time,” Bears coach Chris Lowther said. “But we had time and made the layup. It was exciting. The play worked really well.”
Assistant coach David Zeigler drew up the play, Lowther said.
Taylor Boone led the Bears, now 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the 3A Western Slope League, with 22 points. Carreon chipped in with 12 points – including the most important two of the night.
After jumping out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter, Rifle battled foul trouble the rest of the game.
Hotchkiss took advantage, tightening things up to set the stage for the dramatic finish.
Kevin Flohr scored 31 points as Glenwood Springs held on for a 63-50 win at Moffat County on Saturday.
Flohr, a senior, drained six 3-pointers and hit 9 of 11 at the foul line to contribute to his big day.
Mike McGraw scored nine points and Willy Pelland and Osvaldo Madrid added eight apiece for the Demons, who improved to 8-3 overall and to 2-0 in the 4A WSL.
“It was a good game,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “I will say this: It was one of those games where the calls aren’t going your way and our kids did a great job of keeping their composure and fighting through adversity.”
Hitting at a 9-for-12 clip from the foul line in the fourth quarter, Grand Valley hung on for a 55-46 win over visiting Gunnison on Saturday.
Dylan Walters finished with 14 points to lead the Cardinals, who upped their overall record to 5-1. Trevor Smith chipped in with 13 points and Matt Donello had 12.
Connor Adams took a pass from teammate Cassidy Gaddis and stormed in for a breakaway layup to deliver Glenwood Springs a 50-48 win at Moffat County on Saturday.
Adams’ last-second shot pushed the Demons to 11-0 overall and to 2-0 in the 4A WSL.
Kenzie Kuhn and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler paced Glenwood with 12 points apiece. Lexie Warkentin finished with 10 points and Connor Adams scored seven for the Demons, who had a 40-24 lead to start the fourth quarter.
“You know, they never gave up,” Demons coach Bryan Derby said. “We had the momentum, and then we lost it. These girls kept fighting and doing whatever it took to come out with the win.”
Jumping out to an 18-0 lead after a quarter, Rifle’s girls basketball team rolled to a 50-16 win at Hotchkiss on Saturday.
Cortney Cordova scored 22 points to lead the Bears, now 6-0 overall. Tresa Berner added 10 points and Racheal Keithley ripped down 12 rebounds.
“We were really good defensively,” Rifle coach Stephanie Heald said. “We started out a little bit with our presses and then, for the most part, we were working on our halfcourt mans and zone defenses. We really worked on our halfcourt traps and such. We were able to get pressure on the ball and get a lot of steals that way.”
Facing a much bigger Gunnison squad, Grand Valley’s girls basketball team just didn’t have the size with which to counter in Saturday’s 38-32 loss to the visiting Cowboys.
“They’re absolutely massive,” Cardinals coach Mike Johnson said. “They have three girls that are 6-1, two 5-11 girls and we’re just not that big. My tallest kid is 5-8, and she’s head and shoulders above most of our kids.”
Amelia Sudick and Haley Johnson scored seven points apiece to lead Grand Valley (1-5).
Alyssa Nelson led Gunnison with 16 points. Kjirsten Nelson added 13.
Keegan Swirbul glided across the finish line in 14 minute, 7.3 seconds to claim victory in Saturday’s high school men’s 5K skate race in Steamboat Springs. Teammates Fritz Carpenter (14:37.7), Brett Gordon (15:09.8), Hudson McNamee (15:21.5) finished fifth, 10th and 11th, helping lead the Skiers to the team title with 167 points.
Summit (165) and Battle Mountain (141) finished second and third.
On the girls side, Else Dodge (16:38.2) and Hannah Dodge (16:51.4) took seventh and 10th to help Aspen finished second out of 12 schools. Teammates Ellie Parker (17:00.1) and Sophie Stuber (18:02.4) finished 12th and 16th.
Vail Mountain School, which had four skiers finish in the top six, captured the team title with 171 points – 14 more than Aspen. Host Steamboat (156) was third.
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