Prep Basketball Roundup: Roaring Fork girls earn overtime win at Gunnison
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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Roaring Fork girls battled injuries and won a tough road game, 49-47, in overtime at Gunnison (2-10, 2-13). The Lady Rams (9-4, 9-7) were missing senior Megan Gianinetti, who sat out the game to rest a sore knee, and saw juniors Maddie Nieslanik and Toni Gross both get shaken up after colliding in the third quarter. The game was tied 24-24 at halftime before Roaring Fork pulled ahead 35-30 at the end of the third. “It seemed like we had the game in hand a couple of times,” said Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney. “We had to rely on several JV girls to help out tonight, but they fought through it.” Senior Hattie Gianinetti led the Lady Rams with 15 points. Next up for Roaring Fork is a trip to Basalt Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The Rams brought home the 44-33 win against the Cowboys (5-7, 5-10) despite scoring only two points in the third quarter. “We played real well except for that third quarter,” said Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams. “I had some choice words for them and they responded with a solid fourth quarter.” Trae Moxley had 19 points and Dakotah Grett tossed in 16 for Roaring Fork (12-1, 13-3). The Rams next game is Friday at Basalt at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bears set the defensive tone early at Summit as Rifle defeated the Tigers, 50-15. Rifle (8-3, 10-6) jumped ahead 15-0 in the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Junior Chante Church led all scorers with 15 points, including making 9-of-10 free throws. Senior Jasmine Figueira added 12 points for the Lady Bears. Rifle hosts Eagle Valley this evening at 5:30 p.m.
At halftime, Lady Titans coach Damon Martinez wasn’t happy with his team’s first half performance and he let them know it. Tied 16-16 with Aspen (1-12, 2-14) after two quarters, Martinez expected more from his team. “I told them we need to play at a higher level at the end of the season,” Martinez said. “They came out aggressive and played some good defense in the second half.” Coal Ridge (6-6, 7-8) outscored Aspen 35-4 in the final two quarters, easily winning, 51-20. The Lady Titans had three girls in double figures, led by Paige Ryan with 13 points, Cassie Blackard with 11 and Britini Allen with 10. Coal Ridge matches up on the road against Cedaredge today at 2:30 p.m.
The Skiers picked up a win at home against the Titans in a game that was much closer than the 70-39 score would indicate. Coal Ridge (2-10, 2-13) trailed 45-35 in the fourth quarter and had several chances to cut the lead to single digits before Aspen (11-2, 13-3) went on a 25-4 run to close out the game. “We had them on the ropes in the fourth quarter but couldn’t put them away,” said Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey. “I was real happy with the effort our guys put out. They never quit.” The Titans play again today on the road against Cedaredge at 5:30 p.m.
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