3A District basketball: Roaring Fork boys too much for Cardinals
GRAND JUNCTION — Roaring Fork High School’s boys basketball team has begun to peak at just the right time. That showed in a big way against the Grand Valley Cardinals on Friday night at Grand Junction Central High School.
Ben Carpenter finished with a game-high 16 points, and the Rams took control against Grand Valley from the beginning and never relinquished the lead on their way to a 63-45 victory in the semifinal round of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament.
“We seem to be playing our best basketball of the season right now,” Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said.
With the victory, the Rams — who have now beaten league champion Moffat County and second-place finisher Grand Valley by convincing margins, moved into the tournament title game. There, they’ll play Moffat County, which defeated Coal Ridge in the other tournament semifinal late Friday night. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. today at Grand Junction High School. The winner of tonight’s game will earn the right to host the regional round of the Class 3A state tournament, which begins next week.
Ray Acuna added 10 points — most of them coming off offensive putback buckets under the basket — to go with a nine-point performance from sophomore Chering Sherpa. Roaring Fork (15-6 overall), which defeated league-champion Moffat County 62-57 on Feb. 14 in a game that the Rams led by double figures for most of the way — have won five straight headed into today’s title game.
Sam Parker finished with 13 points and John Parker added 11 to pace Grand Valley (17-4), which has lost two of its past four games. The Cardinals trailed 34-17 at halftime, but they closed to within single digits in the fourth quarter when John Parker scored off consecutive steal-and-score conversions to cut Grand Valley’s deficit to 47-38 with 7 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game. The Cardinals came within 51-43 when Gunner Rigsby hit a 3-pointer with 3:35 left, but the Rams pulled away by hitting 10-of-12 foul shots down the stretch when Grand Valley was forced to foul.
The Cardinals will play Coal Ridge in the tournament’s third-place game at 2:30 p.m. today.
MOFFAT COUNTY 69, COAL RIDGE 53
GRAND JUNCTION — Brandon Herrera finished with a team-high 18 points to go with a 12-point outing from Hunter Gerber for Coal Ridge (10-11), but the Bulldogs found a way to rally from a 28-21 halftime deficit.
Greyson Keener added 10 for the Titans. Joe Camilletti finished with 23 points for the Bulldogs (17-4), who used a press to begin the second half to create turnovers and rally from their halftime deficit.
MOFFAT COUNTY 44, GRAND VALLEY 35
GRAND JUNCTION — Kyra Chenoweth finished with 14 points to pace the Grand Valley High girls basketball team, which nearly rallied from as much as a 15-point deficit against Moffat County before falling 44-35 win in the semifinal round of the Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament on Friday at Grand Junction Central High School.
Leah Camilletti finished with 10 points to go with eight-point performances from Josey King and Morgan Lawton. Bulldogs will play Olathe in the tournament title game at 4 p.m. today.
The loss dropped Grand Valley (13-8 overall) into the tournament’s third-place game against Coal Ridge, which lost to top-seeded and league-champion Olathe in the other tournament semifinal.
Jordan Scott added 12 points, and she made it a one-possession game when she converted a three-point play to bring the Cardinals within 30-27 with 9.1 seconds left in the third quarter. Than after Moffat County started to pull away in the fourth quarter, her 3-pointer with 4:49 remaining pulled Grand Valley within 40-35.
Lawton hit a layup on the next Moffat County possession, though, and the Bulldogs milked the clock from there and held on.
Olathe 55, Coal Ridge 35
GRAND JUNCTION — Coal Ridge senior Mariela Martinez finished with a team-high 11 points for the Titans, who were limited to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters of their semifinal loss to Olathe. Kaitlyn Detlefsen added nine points for the Titans in the loss.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.