Prep Basketball Roundup: Grand Valley boys pick up a pair of weekend wins
Grand Valley’s boys basketball team picked up a pair of weekend wins, edging Olathe, 53-50, on Friday and thumping Basalt, 64-30, on Saturday.
Trever Smith’s 20 points led the Cardinals against Olathe. Trent Reidle added 19 points.
Smith and Reidle were instrumental in Saturday’s win over the Longhorns, too. Smith poured in 19 points and Reidle finished with 14.
Tyler Scott dropped in 19 points for Grand Valley, which improved to 7-3 overall and to 3-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.
“Tyler had a huge game on the offensive glass,” Cardinals coach Jake Higuera said. “He just finished everything really well. He was our stud. We had to get him the ball so we could win this game.”
Grand Valley’s girls split their weekend showdowns.
The Cardinals bounced back from a 47-24 loss to Olathe on Friday with a 52-42 win over Basalt on Saturday.
Grand Valley’s record now stands at 6-3 overall and at 3-1 in the 3A WSL.
Turning the ball over four times in the final two minutes, Glenwood Springs stumbled to a 57-55 boys basketball loss to visiting Delta on Saturday.
Randy Burbidge led the Demons (7-6 overall, 1-3 in the 4A WSL) with 19 points. Mike McGraw chipped in with 17 points and Kellin Casey had nine.
Delta, which improved to 8-5 overall and to 2-2 in league play, got 15 points from Ethan Bair, 13 from Jake Ames and 10 from Colin Fraser.
“The boys played really hard tonight,” Demons coach Cory Hitchcock said. “Our defensive effort was there. We controlled their best player well and we did a great job rebounding. Down the stretch, the last couple minutes, we just had a couple of mental lapses.”
First-place Delta deals Glenwood girls a loss
Glenwood Springs’ girls couldn’t recover from a three-point third quarter in a 56-49 loss to visiting Delta on Saturday.
The Demons didn’t sink a single field goal in the fateful frame, dropping into an insurmountable hole.
“Our passing wasn’t up to par,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “We turned the ball over 25 times in the game.”
Derby’s squad erupted for 27 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t quite catch the Panthers down the stretch.
“When we have three points in the third quarter and come out in the fourth with 27 points, I can’t figure out how that happens,” Derby said. “We’ll go back to work on Monday and see what we can do.”
The Demons dropped to 12-2 overall and to 3-1 in the 4A WSL.
First-place Delta improved to 11-2 overall and to 4-0 in league play.
Roaring Fork’s girls appear to be turning the corner. Fresh off a 57-33 win over Basalt on Friday night, the Rams returned to the court Saturday and picked up a 65-34 win at Coal Ridge.
Hattie Gianinetti led the way for the Rams with 19 points. Kaleigh Wisroth added 16 points and Maddie Nieslanik and Megan Gianinetti scored 11 apiece.
Roaring Fork, which has endured its share of struggles in recent years, improved to 4-6 overall and to 3-1 in the 3A WSL.
Paige Ryan led the Titans, now 4-5 overall 1-2 in league play, and with 10 points.
Megan Gianinetti’s 20 points led the Rams in Friday’s win over Basalt.
“That was a glimpse of what we can be,” Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney told The Aspen Times after the victory over the Longhorns. “There was good hustle, good hard defense. … That’s definitely our best game of the year, by far.”
Coal Ridge’s boys bounced back from a three-point halftime deficit to beat Roaring Fork on Saturday, 53-43.
The Titans outscored the visiting Rams, 30-17, in the second half.
McCade Cox led Coal Ridge with 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers along the way. Darik Brown finished with 14 points and Cody Walls added 11 as the Titans improved to 2-7 overall and to 1-2 in the 3A WSL.
Roaring Fork dropped to 4-5 overall and to 2-2 in league play.
Riding a balanced offensive attack, Rifle’s girls coasted to a 60-36 win at Aspen on Saturday.
Four Bears reached double figures.
Kailee Cordova led the way with 12 points. Chante Church finished with 11 and Joey Kuheim and Ashley Rickstrew had 10 apiece.
“We really worked on our defense in this game,” Rifle coach Stephanie Heald said. “We switched from man to zone to press and really kept Aspen guessing.”
The Bears improved to 8-1 overall and to 4-0 in the 3A WSL.
Rifle’s boys fell short at Aspen on Saturday, losing by a 53-35 count.
“We never quite got in the flow today,” Rifle coach Chris Lowther said.
Triston Quigley finished with 12 points and Tanner Quick scored six points for the Bears, who dropped to 4-5 overall and to 3-1 in the 3A WSL.
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