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Rifle boys go 2-1 at Montrose’s Black Canyon Tournament

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MONTROSE, Colorado – Rifle’s boys basketball team earned a Saturday split at Montrose High School’s Black Canyon Tournament.

The Bears defeated Centauri, 61-43, in the morning and lost to Montrose, 77-66, in the evening.

Tyler Rust scored 23 points to pace Rifle against Centauri. Ryan Davis chipped in with 13 points.

Rust put up 23 on Montrose as well. Rian Creech added 17 points and 16 rebounds and Taylor Boone netted 11 points.

The Bears, who beat Palisade on Friday, finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and are now 3-3 on the young season.

Rifle head coach Chris Lowther believes his Bears are heading in the right direction.

“I think so,” he said. “I wasn’t too pleased after Tuesday night against Grand Junction, but I think they figured out a little bit more how to play all the time, how to defend the way we want them to play defense, how to mentally get in a position where they leave it all on the floor and play hard. They did that this weekend a lot better than Tuesday.”

MONTROSE, Colorado – Rifle’s girls basketball team finished off a 1-2 weekend at the Black Canyon Tournament with a Saturday split.

The Bears beat Pueblo West, 57-39, in the morning before dropping a defensive affair to Montrose, 37-30, later in the day.

Cortney Cordova scored 21 points and Ciara Euler had 13 as Rifle used its press to pull away from Pueblo West.

“We had a good, strong press, like we normally do,” Bears coach Stephanie Heald said. “We got some good steals, good pressure on the ball. Everyone had a good defensive game.”

Against Montrose, Euler led the Bears (3-4) with 20 points.

BAILEY, Colorado – Putting together a gem of a game defensively, Glenwood Springs’ girls basketball team rolled to a 51-20 win at Platte Canyon on Saturday.

The Demons held host Platte Canyon to just four points in the first half. The score at the break: 38-4.

Kenzie Kuhn led Glenwood, now 4-4 overall, with 16 points. Cassidy Gaddis added 12 points and Lexie Warkentin had seven.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Jake Strack-Loertscher scored 23 points and Jake Hawkins added 13 to lift Roaring Fork’s boys basketball squad to a 52-42 win over visiting Olathe on Saturday.

Strack-Loertscher and Hawkins were also big on the boards, ripping down 12 rebounds apiece. Clay Gross finished with six assists and Dalton handy five.

The Rams were ahead much of the afternoon, taking a 29-22 lead into halftime.

“It was a fun game tonight,” Roaring Fork head coach Larry Williams said. “We’re pretty similar in size and style to Olathe. The Jakes, you know, they just refuse to let a ball hit the floor without rebounding it. They were also both very aggressive in going to the basket tonight.”

The Rams improved to 2-3 overall and to 2-1 in the 3A Western Slope League with the win.

Roaring Fork’s girls didn’t fare as well on Saturday, losing to Olathe. A score was not available at press time.

DELTA, Colorado – Glenwood Springs’ girls swimming and diving team defeated Delta and lost to Montrose in a Saturday trip to Delta.

Winning events for the Demons were Ashley Roper (100-yard freestyle, 57.74 seconds; 200 freestyle, 2:09.61), Hannah Grumley (100 butterfly, 1:04.52) and Keevyn Scholl (100 breaststroke, 1:15.68).

In head-to-head scoring, Glenwood beat Delta by a count of 81-20 and was edged by Montrose, 57-45.

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