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Titanic upset: Coal Ridge girls shock Eaton

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

EATON, Colorado – Thanks to wins by Coal Ridge and Salida, the town of Eaton became upset central on Friday night.

Buoyed by 24 points and 10 rebounds from Tori Verdieck, 27th-seeded Coal Ridge knocked off sixth-seeded Eaton, 53-49, in the first round of the 3A girls basketball state playoffs.

Also in Eaton, No. 22 Salida scored a 62-54 win over No. 11 Peak to Peak.

Salida and Coal Ridge will return to the court in Eaton today for a Sweet 16 showdown at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the eight-team state tournament March 11-13 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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Coal Ridge needed a heck of a second-half effort to make the round of 16. The Titans were down by 10 points at halftime.

“Then we played our best second half of the year,” Coal Ridge coach Rick Schmitz said.

The Titans scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to improve to 12-11 overall.

Brianna Rhodes chipped in nine points, Chasity Gonzales seven and Sam Wilson seven.

Eaton ended its season with an 18-6 record.

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colorado – Coal Ridge’s boys basketball team nearly scored an upset of its own on Friday.

The No. 29 Titans dealt No. 4 Pagosa Springs quite the scare in the first round of the playoffs before falling, 57-51.

Coal Ridge ended its season with a 7-17 record, while Pagosa improved to 19-3.

BRUSH, Colorado – Grand Valley’s girls saw their season come to an end with a 38-28 loss to St. Mary’s Academy in the first round of the 3A hoops playoffs in Brush on Friday.

The Cardinals, seeded 10th entering the 32-team state playoffs, finished up 2009-10 with an 18-5 record.

HOTCHKISS, Colorado – Manitou Springs brought Grand Valley’s season to an end with a 74-53 win over the Cardinals in the first round of the 3A boys basketball state playoffs in Hotchkiss on Friday.

Grand Valley wrapped its season with a 12-11 record.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of being these guys’ coach,” Cardinals coach Jake Higuera said. “They left everything out there.”


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