Prep Basketball Roundup: Coal Ridge boys take down Cedaredge with big second half |

Prep Basketball Roundup: Coal Ridge boys take down Cedaredge with big second half

Mark Moore Special to the Post IndependentCoal Ridge freshman Sam Parker hoists a shot during Friday's game against Olathe.

Five players reached double figures in scoring as Coal Ridge’s boys basketball team surged to a 76-59 win at Cedaredge on Saturday.

Cody Walls led the visiting Titans, now 5-9 overall and 4-4 in the 3A Western Slope League, with 17 points. Alec Herrera added 14 points. Tyler Guettler and Darik Brown finished with 11 apiece and McCade Cox scored 10.

As a team, Coal Ridge drilled eight 3-pointers.

The Titans trailed at halftime, 32-31, before erupting for 45 points in the second half.

A night earlier, Coal Ridge lost to Olathe at home, 71-61.

With a number of players sitting the early stages of the game because of team rules violations, the Titans dug themselves in a 44-15 halftime hole in that one.

But Coal Ridge scrapped back in the second half to make it interesting.

Brown led the Titans with 17 points. Walls added 11 and Guettler nine.

“Hopefully, the lesson was learned and we’re a more unified team,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said.

Freshmen Sam Parker and Ruben Ruiz scored their first varsity points.

Coal Ridge’s girls were also victorious on Saturday, topping host Cedaredge by a count of 58-40.

Paige Ryan’s 24 points led the way for the Titans, who improved to 8-6 overall and to 5-3 in the 3A WSL.

Mariela Martinez and Britni Allen finished with eight points apiece for Coal Ridge.

Rifle’s girls had quite the weekend, holding their opponents to a combined 33 points in a pair of wins.

On Saturday, the Bears beat visiting Grand Valley, 38-16. A night earlier, Rifle picked up a 49-17 win at Cedaredge.

“Our defense is doing well,” Bears coach Stephanie Heald said. “We put in a new defense this week, and it helped a lot.”

Heald said her team installed a new matchup zone, and the early returns are promising.

“It’s really confusing [for other teams],” she said. “Sometimes it looks like a zone. Sometimes it looks like man.”

Against Grand Valley, Joey Kuheim and Tani Jorgenson poured in 10 points apiece. Kuheim also ripped down 13 rebounds. Ashley Rickstrew had 10 boards.

The Bears kept Cedaredge off the board in the first quarter on Friday and were led in scoring by Kuheim, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Rickstrew chipped in with eight points, Taylor Walters seven and Kailee Cordova six.

With the weekend wins, Rifle improved to 12-2 overall and to 7-1 in the 3A WSL.

Trever Smith scored 23 points to lead Grand Valley to a 41-40 win at Rifle on Saturday.

Chris McGruder added nine points for the Cardinals, who improved to 9-5 overall and to 5-3 in the 3A WSL.

Grand Valley trailed 9-4 after a quarter, 20-17 at halftime and 30-25 after three quarters before netting 16 points in the fourth to escape Rifle with the victory.

The Bears dipped to 5-9 overall and to 4-4 in league play with the defeat.

On Friday, Rifle recorded a 69-63 win at Cedaredge behind 15 points from Jake Statler and 12 from Triston Quigley. Tanner Quick and Tanner Rust finished with nine apiece and Jacob Withee scored seven.

The wins keep on coming for Roaring Fork’s girls.

After winning just two games in 2010-11, the Rams are already up to seven victories in 2011-12.

On Saturday, Roaring Fork downed visiting Gunnison, 42-38.

Megan Gianinetti scored 15 points to pace the Rams, now 7-7 overall and 6-2 in the 3A WSL. She shot at a 9-of-14 clip at the foul line.

Shaeley Lough added 10 points and Hattie Gianinetti eight.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. “Gunnison played very well.”

And so did the Rams.

“I can’t say enough about the girls,” Cheney said. “They’re just working hard, playing hard and getting better every week.”

Roaring Fork’s boys won their fourth straight game on Saturday, picking up a 59-45 win over visiting Gunnison.

Trae Moxley paced the Rams with 18 points. Dakotah Grett added 13 and Sam Carpenter 10 as Roaring Fork got an early lead and maintained it for the duration. Grett and Carpenter also finished with six assists apiece.

The Rams moved to 8-5 overall and to 6-2 in 3A WSL play with the win.

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