Prep Basketball Roundup: Coal Ridge boys turn away Basalt
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – The Coal Ridge High School boys overcame halftime and fourth-quarter deficits to score a 52-51 comeback win over the visiting Basalt Longhorns in 3A Western Slope League action Tuesday.
Basalt hit a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds to play in the game, but the Titans’ Richie Winkler scored on a big layup to put Coal Ridge back on top.
“We made a strong defensive stand with solid on-ball defense by Ruben Ruiz,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “Hopefully, we keep building momentum into our Friday game here at home against Grand Valley.”
The win for Coal Ridge (4-13 overall, 4-10 league) avenged an earlier loss at Basalt. The Titans were led in scoring by Andy Boyles with 15 points, followed by Alec Herrera with 11 and Dakotah Snode with nine points.
Basalt’s Sean Ryan had 22 points, including six 3-pointers, while Bertilio Garcia scored 15 for the Longhorns.
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – The Lady Titans opened a 24-3 lead through the first quarter of play and led 44-11 at the half en route to a 67-27 rout of the visiting Basalt Longhorns Tuesday.
Senior Cassidy Blackard had 18 points for the Titans, while Paige Ryan had 16 and Amanda Wenzel chipped in 14.
“This was a test to see how much we’ve improved,” Titans coach Damon Martinez said. “It was a good win going into our last games against Grand Valley Friday and Moffat County next week.”
PARACHUTE, Colorado – Both the Grand Valley boys and girls teams downed the visiting Cedaredge Bruins in 3A WSL action at Parachute Tuesday.
The boys won 48-38, paced by Sam Parker’s 17 points and Trent Reidle’s 13. Junior Tyler Scott had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Cardinals.
“We didn’t shoot real well in the first half, but we stayed patient and played good defense,” Grand Valley boys coach Scott Parker said.
The Cardinals improved to 4-13 overall and 4-10 in the league with the win.
Meanwhile, the Grand Valley girls held off and improved Cedaredge team, earning the 59-47 win on their home court.
“We played a good game, and I was pleased with the effort,” Cardinals coach Mike Johnson said. “Cedaredge has improved a ton since the last time we played them.”
Leading all scorers was the Cardinals’ Ashlynn Speakman with 25 points, including seven 3-pointers. Haley Johnson added 12 points.
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