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Moxley’s 27 leads Rams to win over Bears

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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CARBONDALE, Colorado – When Trae Moxley’s getting good looks underneath, there’s little an opposing team can do to contain him.

Rifle certainly had issues stopping Roaring Fork’s junior big man.

The 6-foot-5 Moxley erupted for 27 points and nine rebounds on Friday, helping the Rams to 56-43 boys basketball win over the visiting Bears.



“When he’s shooting strong shots, balanced shots, and they’re going in, we’ll just keep going to him until they can stop it,” Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said.

That strategy worked to perfection on Friday.



Behind eight points from Moxley, the Rams jumped out to a 17-13 lead after a quarter. They extended that advantage to 31-21 at halftime behind seven more points from their big man.

“I started out hitting a few layups real quick,” Moxley said. “After that, if I had an opening, I’d take it. If not, then I’d kick it out and let the guards to the rest from there.”

Rifle crept to within five at 38-33 late in the third quarter, but a 3-pointer by Roaring Fork guard Clay Gross with 37 seconds left pushed the Rams into a 41-33 lead going into the fourth.

Though Rifle hung around in the early stages of the final frame, the Rams (5-5 overall, 3-2 in the 3A Western Slope League) put the game away at the foul line in the fourth.

Well, kind of.

Roaring Fork could have been more efficient at the line late. It hit just 50 percent of its free throws (9-for-18) in the final frame, sinking just enough to keep the Bears at bay.

Gross finished with nine points for the Rams, who host Cedaredge today at 4 p.m. Dakotah Grett finished with eight points and Trenton Reeds grabbed 10 rebounds.

Tanner Quick led Rifle (4-8, 3-3) with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Triston Quigley chipped in with nine points.

After playing eight games since Jan. 6, the Bears get some much-needed rest. They’re off until a trip to Cedaredge on Friday.

Rifle girls basketball coach Stephanie Heald knew the shots would fall eventually.

After shooting at a 5-of-34 clip in the first half, the Bears caught fire in the second, running away with a 49-30 win at Roaring Fork on Friday.

At halftime, Heald told her team to keep shooting. Rifle went into the break with a 20-17 lead.

“You’ve got to keep shooting for your shots to go,” the coach said. “I have confidence in them.”

And rightfully so.

The Bears came out firing in the second quarter, putting up 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting in the third quarter to take a 45-28 lead.

“Our shots were just falling,” said Rifle senior Ashley Rickstrew, who finished with a game-high 20 points. “We were working as a team, looking for the open spaces.”

The Bears (10-2, 5-1) took care of the rest with defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Rams to just a pair of free throws.

Joey Kuheim finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds for Rifle, which is off until a trip to Cedaredge on Friday.

“We’ve finally got some rest time,” Heald said with a smile. “We’ll take the weekend off, get back to conditioning on Monday and then back to work on Tuesday.”

Autumn Grandberry led Roaring Fork (4-7, 3-2) with eight points. Kaleigh Wisroth scored seven and Megan Gianinetti finished with six.

The Rams play host to Cedaredge today at 2:30 p.m.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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