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Cardinals, Rams knocked off in second round

Roaring Fork senior forward Justin Thompson goes up for a dunk against Delta last weekend at the 3A district tournament in Grand Junction. (JIM RYAN)

One night after knocking off No. 15 Lutheran in the first round of the 3A state playoffs, the No. 18 Grand Valley Cardinals girls basketball team came up short against No. 2 Centauri, falling to the Falcons in the second round of the 3A regional tournament, 51-45, ending a terrific season for the Cardinals under Head Coach Jake Higuera.

Against the Falcons, Grand Valley would fall behind at the half, 26-17, before rallying in the second half to pull to within 39-33 after three quarters of play, but the comeback attempt by the Cardinals would come up short in the fourth quarter despite Grand Valley owning a 15-12 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

In the loss to Centauri, Grand Valley senior guard Kylyn Rigsby led the way offensively with 17 points, including eight points in the second quarter and seven points in the fourth quarter.

Joining Rigsby was sophomore guard Shaya Chenoweth with 16 points, including eight points in the fourth, while senior forward Baily Rowe added 10 points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter.

With the loss, Grand Valley finishes the season with a record of 16-8, 9-0 3A Western Slope League on the season.

MANITOU SPRINGS 56, ROARING FORK 54

Despite trailing by a large margin for much of the game, the No. 18 Roaring Fork Rams boys basketball team nearly pulled off the thrilling comeback against No. 2 Manitou Springs in the second round of the 3A state tournament, falling by just two points, 56-54, Saturday afternoon to the Mustangs.

Against the Mustangs, Roaring Fork would trail 29-19 at the half before putting on a furious rally in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 35-27 in the second half to come up painfully short in a dramatic bid at a comeback.

In the second half, Roaring Fork senior forward Justin Thompson would score 24 of his game-high 26 points to pace the Rams, adding eight in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough as just two other Rams scored in double figures on the day.

In Thompson’s big quarter, he hit four two-point shots, two three-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws for the Rams, providing much of the offense.

Senior guard Jassiel Petetan added 11 points, while junior forward Joe Salinas added 10 points in the loss.

By falling to the Mustangs, the Rams wrap up a terrific season under Head Coach Larry Williams with an overall record of 18-6, 7-2 3A Western Slope League.


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