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Rifle girls top Gunnison, improve to 14-0 overall

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Rifle’s girls basketball team survived a scare from Gunnison on Friday, using a late surge to put the visiting Cowboys away and win, 60-46.

“Somewhere in the third quarter, they came out and made a little bit of a run,” Bears coach Stephanie Heald said. “We made a little bit of a run and were up by 14 or so. They came back and made a run and got within five points, I think. Then I called a timeout and we changed our defense.”

Cortney Cordova led Rifle with 19 points. Racheal Keithley added 11 points and Makayla Wilkins finished with 10.



Rifle switched from its presses and zone defense to a man-to-man attack. The tweak worked.

“From there, we finally started getting better, once we started putting pressure on them,” Heald said.



The win bumped the Bears to 14-0 overall and to 9-0 in the 3A Western Slope League. Next up for Rifle is a 4 p.m. meeting with Basalt today.

Rian Creech’s 34 points and six rebounds paced Rifle’s boys in a 78-61 win over visiting Gunnison on Friday.

Von Church added 17 points for the Bears, who improved to 8-6 overall and to 7-2 in the 3A WSL. Taylor Webb also reached double figures for Rifle, pouring in 10 points.

Rifle took a 42-29 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Bears and Grand Valley are now the only two teams in the 3A WSL with just two league defeats.

The Bears host Basalt today at 5:30 p.m.

Behind 15 points from Kenzie Kuhn and 13 from Cassidy Gaddis, Glenwood Springs held on for a 52-43 girls basketball win at Palisade on Friday.

“We squeaked one out,” Demons coach Bryan Derby said.

Connor Adams chipped in with seven points and Lexie Warkentin and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler had six apiece for the Demons, who improved to 16-3 overall and to 7-1 in the 4A WSL.

Glenwood took a 28-24 lead into halftime and a 35-31 advantage into the third quarter, finally putting the game away at the foul line in the fourth.

“Any win’s a good win,” Derby said. “I think the problem was the girls were looking ahead to Delta. I think that kind of put us in a little bit of a slump tonight, but they worked their tails off and did what they had to do.”

Today’s 12:30 p.m. home date with Delta is a pivotal game. Both teams have just one 4A WSL defeat. Delta defeated Glenwood in Delta, 64-48, on Jan. 14.

Moffat County also has just one league loss.

Hitting some big free throws down the stretch, Glenwood’s boys held on for a 60-57 win at Palisade on Friday.

Kevin Flohr hit at a 6-for-6 clip from the foul line in the final quarter and Mike McGraw went 2-for-2 as the Demons improved to 14-5 overall and to 7-1 in the 4A WSL.

“I thought our boys did a good job of executing and being patient offensively,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “We hit some big free throws down the stretch.”

Flohr led the Demons with 16 points, followed by 12 from Nick Ciani, 11 from Willy Pelland and eight from Kellin Casey.

Kane Gunther led Palisade, now 8-11 overall and 4-4 in league play, with 22 points.


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