Prep Basketball Roundup: Wenzel sets pace for Coal Ridge girls in win over Grand Valley
Coal Ridge High School’s girls basketball team won its fifth consecutive game and continued to play well late in the season with a 52-43 win at home against the Grand Valley.
Junior Amanda Wenzel paced the Lady Titans (10-8 overall, 9-6 Class 3A Western Slope League) with 14 points, while Grand Valley junior Haley Johnson tallied 16 points to lead all scorers.
The teams were tied 19-19 at the half in a game that was tight until the final minutes.
“We did a great job closing the game tonight,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “In this league, you have to bring it every night. Hopefully we’re peaking as a team at the right time.”
Grand Valley (13-5, 11-4) wraps up its regular season Tuesday at home against Basalt at 5:30 p.m., while Coal Ridge travels to meet first-place Moffat County at 6 p.m. next Friday.
The Lady Rams won on the road at Basalt with a strong defensive effort against the Lady Longhorns.
Roaring Fork (10-7, 10-4) struggled early as coach Kirk Cheney used several different lineup combinations, but got on track offensively with a 19-point second quarter.
“We played pretty good defensively,” Cheney said. “We missed a lot of open shots, but Basalt also played a part in that. You can really see their improvement since the start of the season.”
Roaring Fork senior Hattie Gianinetti led all scorers with 19 points. The Lady Rams have a big game today as they travel to meet Moffat County with a 2:30 p.m. tip-off.
Up next for Basalt (1-12, 1-15) is a trip to Grand Valley on Tuesday.
The Rams won at Basalt with a balanced offensive attack, led by senior Dakotah Grett with 10 points, Trae Moxley with nine and Tanner Nieslanik, Ben Carpenter and Israel Leyva with seven apiece.
Roaring Fork plays at 3:30 p.m. today at Moffat County, while Basalt travels to Grand Valley on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. matchup.
The Cardinals won on the road in a game that pitted two 4-10 teams with seventh-place in the 3A Western Slope League on the line. Grand Valley sophomore Sam Parker led all scorers with 20 points. Junior Tyler Scott had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for the Cardinals (5-13, 5-10).
Coal Ridge junior Ely Areola had 13 points to pace the Titans (4-11, 4-14). Next up for Grand Valley is a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at home against Basalt. Coal Ridge wraps up its regular season next Friday at Moffat County, with game time at 7:30 p.m.
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