4A WSL action picks up
There’s no such thing as a must-win prep basketball game in the second week of league play, but early league losses have a way of coming back to haunt teams down the home stretch of a playoff drive.Staff ReportThere’s no such thing as a must-win prep basketball game in the second week of league play, but early league losses have a way of coming back to haunt teams down the home stretch of a playoff drive.With most of the teams in the Class 4A Western Slope League playing two league games this weekend, it’s the first chance to put some distance between the top and bottom of the league.The Glenwood Springs and Rifle boys and girls teams will both try to get an early spot in the top part of the league with games against the same teams Friday and Saturday nights.The Rifle boys team (1-0 WSL, 5-4 overall) travels to Battle Mountain (0-1, 7-3) Friday night and hosts Eagle Valley (1-0, 5-3) on Saturday. The Bears girls (1-0, 8-1) play at home against Battle Mountain (1-0, 5-5) Friday and travels to Eagle Valley (0-1, 3-5) Saturday. All four games start at 7:30 p.m.Both the Glenwood boys (0-1, 3-6) and Glenwood girls (0-1, 4-5) play at home against Eagle Valley Friday night and travel to Battle Mountain on Saturday. The girls games start at 6 p.m., while the boys play at 7:30 p.m.In the Rifle boys’ first meeting with Battle Mountain in the preseason Western Slope League Tournament, Brandon Leuallen went off for 22 points, and Adam Krick tallied 17 in a 56-38 victory. Rifle hasn’t faced Eagle Valley this season.The Glenwood Demons boys met up with Eagle Valley in the WSL Tournament and nipped the Devils 50-49, thanks to 23 points from Sean Flohr and 10 from Michael Flohr. The game with Battle Mountain will be the first of the season.On the girls side, the Bears look like the team to beat in the 4A WSL. Rifle has seven straight wins and downed Battle Mountain 60-36 en route to the WSL Tournament title. The Demons are coming off a tough loss to Rifle in their league opener. Glenwood faced Eagle Valley in the WSL Tournament and played well, but Eagle Valley was on fire in the game and notched a 64-59 victory.The Demons are coming off a tough loss to Rifle in their league opener. Glenwood faced Eagle Valley in the WSL Tournament and played well, but Eagle Valley was on fire in the game and notched a 64-59 victory.
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