Rifle girls’ win streak hits 13 as Bears clobber Bulldogs | PostIndependent.com

Rifle girls’ win streak hits 13 as Bears clobber Bulldogs

Brian Smith
Craig Daily Press
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Shawn McHugh/Craig Daily PressCourtney Cordova, a Rifle High School junior, puts in a lay-up during Saturday night's girls varsity basketball game at Moffat County High School. Rifle blew out the Bulldogs, 64-41. Cordova led the Bears with 25 points.

The Rifle High School girls varsity basketball team came into Moffat County High School riding a 12-game winning streak.

After a slow start Saturday night, the Bears made it 13 in a row against the Bulldogs, winning 64-41 on the road.

Rifle coach Stephanie Heald said travel made her team weary to start the game.

Rifle played a Thursday night game against Steamboat Springs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, followed by Saturday’s contest in Moffat County.

“It was a long trip,” Heald said. “Thankfully they didn’t have school [Friday] so I just let them have the day off so they could get their energy back.”

Rifle led 12-8 after the first quarter, and came to life in the second. They went into halftime with a 29-13 lead.

Heald credited the halftime lead to the Bears’ defense.

“Every single game we come out we want to put on pressure,” she said. “Defense is the way we get started. Our defense is what pushes our offense.”

That halftime lead expanded to 43-25 at the end of the third quarter.

Courtney Cordova (25 points) and Ciara Euler (18 points) combined to score 43 points, leading the Rifle attack.

“Those two have been playing together for a long time, and they always look for each other,” Heald said. “They always know where the other one is.”

With the win, the Bears improve to 16-4 overall and 12-0 in the 4A Western Slope League.

The Bulldogs drop to 9-12 overall and 7-5 in league play.

The Rifle High School boys varsity basketball team didn’t have an answer Saturday night for Moffat County High School’s 1-2 post presence.

MCHS forward Angelo Raftopoulos led the Bulldogs with 29 points, 19 of which came in the first half. Teammate Jordan Wilson chipped in with 11, helping pace MCHS to a 67-64 home win.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Raftopoulos said. “I was able to get open and my teammates found me.”

The Bulldogs led most of the game, and entered the fourth quarter up 9, 54-45. But, Rifle mounted a comeback and closed the game to 2 with 21 seconds left.

Bears forward Tyrel Lenard missed an open jumper and the Bulldogs secured the rebound. The Bears were then forced to foul Bulldogs guard Dylon Camilletti. After making the first free throw, he missed the second.

A quick outlet pass found Bears guard Ryan Davis on the three-point line. With the three, he could have sent the game to overtime, but the shot fell short.

Bears forward Ryan Creech led the team with 14 points.

With the loss, Rifle drops to 9-11 overall and 5-7 in the 4A Western Slope League. Moffat County improves to 5-16 overall and 3-9 in league play.

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