Basalt, Rifle, GVHS remain in first place |

Basalt, Rifle, GVHS remain in first place

Three area high school girls basketball teams are in or tied for first place in their respective leagues after games played this weekend.

In Class 3A Western Slope League action, the Basalt High School girls are on top of the WSL standings at 9-0 (12-2 overall) and hold a one-game lead on second-place Roaring Fork after easy wins over Olathe and Gunnison.

Senior Lauren Redfern, one of the state’s leading scorers among 3A girls, posted 24 points in Friday’s 63-41 home win against the visiting Pirates.

On Saturday at Gunnison, Redfern hit for a team-high 21 points as the Longhorns breezed to a 55-37 victory over the cellar-dwelling Cowboys.

Junior Deanna Spracher scored in 11 points in the Gunnison game.

The ‘Horns have just one league contest on the schedule this week. On Friday, Basalt hosts Cedaredge for a varsity girls/boys doubleheader.

Rifle clips Panthers

DELTA ” Senior Krista Wagstrom connected for a season-high 18 points with eight assists and six rebounds and guard Kristin Neffendorf finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s 63-25 victory over the host Panthers.

The win moved Rifle to 6-0 (10-3 overall) in the Class 4A Western Slope League and a two-game lead over second-place Steamboat and Moffat County.

After a slow start, the Bears put the game away in the second quarter when they boosted their 7-3 first-quarter lead to 26-13 at halftime.

In the second half Rifle continued adding to its lead, pulling out a 38-point cushion in the fourth period by outscoring the overmatched Panthers 24-5.

The Bears host Battle Mountain on Saturday.

Rams down Olathe

OLATHE ” Five Roaring Fork players, led by senior Tarn Udall with 19 points, finished Saturday’s 75-59 win in double figures as the Rams moved to 5-1 in the WSL and 13-1 overall.

Roaring Fork struggled in the first half, taking a one-point lead at halftime before breaking loose in the third quarter.

The Rams scored 22 points over the next eight minutes for a 56-45 lead, then closed out the game by outscoring the Pirates 21-14.

Megan Ziegel and Whitney Campbell had 13 points each, Laura Wright added 11 and Carly Velasquez finished with 10 points for Roaring Fork, which resumes play this weekend with a road game at Hotchkiss on Friday followed by Saturday’s home contest with Gunnison.

Grand Valley streak continues

League wins over Meeker and Plateau Valley upped the winning streak of the No. 10, Class 2A state-ranked Cardinals (6-0, 12-3) to eight straight games, as they remained tied with North Park for first place in the District 5 standings.

Three Grand Valley players ” Jessica Cielatka, Holly Steltzlen and Jamie Vance ” scored 10 points each in Thursday’s 44-34 win at Meeker.

At home on Saturday, Steltzlen and Vance scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, in the Cardinals’ 60-37 blowout against Plateau Valley.

Revenge will be on the Cardinals’ minds when they square off with the 12-1 Class A Dragons this Thursday evening. Earlier this year, De Beque handed Grand Valley one of their three defeats of the year, a 42-32 loss at the Dragons’ gym.

In boys games on Saturday featuring area basketball teams Delta defeated Rifle, 64-62.Roaring Fork overhauled Olathe, 94-26 to go 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the 3A WSL. Grand Valley edged Plateau Valley 50-46 in Class 2A and Basalt fell to Gunnison, 44-40.

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