Babler paces Bears to win over Devils |

Babler paces Bears to win over Devils

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Rifle High School freshman Kendall Babler not only played tough defense against Eagle Valley High School Saturday night at RHS but was the high scorer of the game with 20 points.

The Rifle Bears took a key step in claiming second place in the girls 4A Western Slope League with a 56-44 victory over Eagle Valley on Saturday at Rifle High School.The Rifle Bears took a key step in claiming second place in the girls 4A Western Slope League with a 56-44 victory over Eagle Valley on Saturday at Rifle High School.After a tight game through the first half, the Bears turned up the pressure in the third quarter to pull away.Rifle’s balanced scoring attack featured five players with eight points or more. Freshman Kendall Babler posted a team-high 14 points, Kristin Neffendorf and Chelsea Webb had 10 each.Rifle improved to 9-3 (16-4 overall). The Devils dropped to 8-4 (12-8). Rifle has a good grip on second place in the league with its season wrapping up this weekend against Delta and Palisade, the league’s bottom two teams, and a season sweep over Eagle Valley.Well-rested Bears topple Devils

With an unexpected day off on Friday, the Rifle boys basketball team had plenty of spark Saturday at Eagle Valley.The Bears, who earned a forfeit victory over Battle Mountain Friday due to a scheduling problem, knocked down their first five shots and rolled to a 62-44 victory over Eagle Valley in a 4A Western Slope game.”It didn’t hurt us that we didn’t have to play (Friday),” said Rifle coach Chris Lowther. “Eagle Valley played such a great game (beating Glenwood Springs Friday) night, maybe they felt a little drained. They can do great things. We had a little more energy.”Rifle led 15-7 after the first quarter and essentially put the game away by halftime, up 34-17.With the victory, Rifle (9-3 WSL, 13-7 overall) guaranteed itself at least a tie for second place in the league. Rifle plays the bottom two teams in the league in Delta and Palisade Friday and Saturday night to wrap up its regular season. Eagle Valley dropped to 4-5 (8-9).Class 3ARoaring Fork girls drop first league game of seasonA 3A Western Slope team finally broke through against Roaring Fork.

Cedaredge used a big offensive second quarter and solid defensive fourth quarter to hand Roaring Fork its first girls basketball league loss of the season, 51-48, Saturday in Cedaredge.Buoyed by a 20-point second quarter, Cedaredge took a 33-30 lead into halftime. The Rams regained a two-point edge by the end of the third, but could only manage five points in the final frame to the Bruins’ 10.Shelley Koroshetz paced Cedaredge with 15 point.Guards Carly Velasquez and Ashley Jensen each scored 12 for Roaring Fork, with all of Jensen’s points coming from beyond the arc.Roaring Fork has already clinched the league title and dropped to 10-1 (16-2 overall). Second-place Cedaredge moved to 7-3 (13-4).• The Roaring Fork boys managed to stay unbeaten in league with a 44-39 overtime win against the Bruins. Roaring Fork led 23-16 after the first half, but that lead evaporated when Roaring Fork could only muster one point in the third quarter.After regulation ended knotted at 33-all, the Rams posted 11 points in overtime for the win.Rams point guard Aaron Markham led all scorers with 15 points, and Christian Tena added 12. Brett Ellis and Brandon Baker paced Cedaredge with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Roaring Fork improved to 11-0 (15-3 overall) and the Rams’ winning streak stretched to 15 games. Cedaredge dropped to 5-5 (10-7).Class 2ARangely boys down CardsJosh Padilla scored a game-high 21 points to lead Rangely to a 59-47 victory over Grand Valley at Rangely High School Saturday night. Rangely took an 18-10 lead in the first quarter for a cushion and closed out the game in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cardinals 21-14.Sam McKinley led Grand Valley in a losing effort with 12 points, and Luke Braby hit double figures with 10 points.Rangely improved to 16-3 on the season, while Grand Valley dropped to 9-9. The Grand Valley girls team won its third straight game Saturday with a 44-29 victory over Rangely. The Cardinals improved to 14-4 on the season. Rangely dropped to 5-12.

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