Prep Basketball Roundup: Roaring Fork boys advance with win
PALISADE, Colorado – Roaring Fork High School boys basketball coach Larry Williams isn’t completely happy about the way the Rams had played in their two games prior to Friday. He is happy, however, about the past two results.
Dakota Grett scored a game-high 17 points to go with seven assists for Roaring Fork, which advanced to the championship game of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament with a 44-26 victory over Basalt.
“I wasn’t really happy about our performances before this game,” Williams said. “That’s why when we came into this game, I really emphasized for us to establish a lead early.”
Roaring Fork did that, and the 16-7 cushion the Rams built after one quarter moved them into the tournament title game at 3:30 p.m. today. Their opponent will be Moffat County, a 59-48 winner over Aspen in the late game of the day on Friday.
Trae Moxley added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rams against Basalt, which will play Aspen in the tournament’s third-place game at noon today. All games will be played at Palisade High School.
PALISADE, Colorado – Hattie Gianinetti scored a game-high 18 points and Toni Gross added eight to pace the Roaring Fork girls against Moffat County, but the Rams fell short in the final seconds of the game, 39-38, to the Bulldogs in the tournament semifinals.
The loss dropped the Rams into the tournament’s third-place game against Grand Valley. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 this morning at Palisade High School.
“(Moffat County) is one of the top teams in the state,” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. “We showed that we were able to hang with them tonight.”
Mikayla Camilletti scored 11 points to pace the Bulldogs, who will play Olathe for the tournament title at 2 p.m. today.
PALISADE, Colorado – Haley Turley scored a game-high 16 points to pace the Olathe girls, who rallied for a 46-39 win against Grand Valley.
Ashlynn Speakmen scored 12 points and Haley Johnson added 11 for Grand Valley (15-6 overall), which was tied with Olathe at 36-all with close to two minutes left to play before the PIrates pulled away.
“The nice thing is that we get to play the next day and forget about this right away,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said. “(Today) is all about trying to get better and improve our seed for the state tournament.”
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