Smith, Reidle lift Cards past Rangely at Meeker Shootout |

Smith, Reidle lift Cards past Rangely at Meeker Shootout

Trever Smith erupted for 18 points and Trent Reidle contributed 13 as Grand Valley’s boys basketball team opened the Meeker Cowboy Shootout with a 60-29 win over Rangely on Thursday.

Chris McGruder came off the bench to score nine points for the Cardinals, who improved to 2-1 on the young season. Smith finished with 10 rebounds and Reidle had five boards.

“It was a better defensive performance,” said Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera, whose team lost to Rifle on Tuesday. “That’s what we were really focused on after that last one. It was better. The kids came out ready to go.”

Higuera’s Cardinals resume tourney play tonight at 6 p.m. As of press time on Thursday, the coach wasn’t sure who his team would be facing.

“We need to keep staying hungry and keep battling every night,” Higuera said. “There are some good teams up here.”

Coal Ridge’s boys ran into a potent Delta offense on Thursday, losing to the host Panthers, 85-49.

“They came ready to play,” Titans coach Paul Harvey said. “They ran us out of the gym. They really had a good game plan and really played hard. That’s a good, well-coached team.”

Finding its rhythm midway through the first quarter, Delta took a 24-12 lead after one.

The Panthers extended it to 42-21 by halftime.

“They kept their foot on the gas the whole game,” Harvey said. “They just played well the whole game.”

Cody Walls led Coal Ridge with 13 points. Alec Herrera chipped in with 12.

The Titans host Palisade tonight. The girls tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys play at roughly 7 p.m.

Coal Ridge’s girls lost at Delta on Thursday, 66-24.

Britni Allen led the Titans (1-1) with seven points.

Skylyn Webb’s 14 points paced the Panthers (1-1). Shelby Curtis finished with nine points and Katie Kahrs had eight.

For this weekend’s Glenwood Springs-hosted basketball tournament, the host Demons are asking their fans to wear black.

Games begin tonight. Glenwood’s girls face Faith Christian at 6 p.m. The Demon boys take on Roaring Fork at 7:30 p.m.

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