Basketball roundup: Church reaches scoring milestone for Rifle
GYPSUM — Mariel Gutierrez put a damper on a potentially big party for the Rifle High School girls basketball team Saturday.
Gutierrez hit a 3-pointer for Eagle Valley as time expired in overtime, lifting the Devils to a 62-59 victory over the Bears. It dampened the mood on a big day for Rifle senior Chante Church, who scored a game-high 22 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her high school career.
“Here’s what you really have to consider,” first-year Rifle coach Kristy Wallner said. “She really didn’t play that much varsity in her freshman year, so she’s essentially done this in three years. Plus, she’s done this with three different head coaches. What she’s done is a major accomplishment.”
Officially, Church has 1,006 points for her career. Through Saturday, the Rifle senior is averaging 18.8 points per game this season.
Emily Neuroth added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kailee Cordova chipped in 11 for Rifle (8-8, 8-4 4A Western Slope League), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Taylor Martin finished with 21 points to pace Eagle Valley (12-6, 8-4 league).
Cedaredge 53, Coal Ridge 38
PEACH VALLEY — Amanda Wenzel scored 12 points, Mariella Martinez had nine points and Alicia Hampton had seven rebounds for the Titans (10-6, 9-5). Nelly Freeman scored nine points to pace the Bruins.
Grand Valley 67, Gunnison 34
PARACHUTE — The first-place Cardinals (12-3 overall, 11-1 3A WSL) increased their lead in the league standings with an easy in over the Cowboys. Grand Valley controlled the game from the beginning, leading 33-14 at halftime.
Rifle 45, Eagle Valley 25
GYPSUM — Rifle took control of the game from the beginning and never let up, cruising to a victory over Eagle Valley.
Tanner Quick finished with 12 points and seven rebounds and Clinton Farr added eight points for the Bears (13-3, 10-2 4A WSL), who jumped into sole possession of first place in the league standings with the victory. Rifle only allowed single-digit scoring against the Devils (5-13, 3-9) in every quarter.
Rifle is off until Friday when it plays at second-place Glenwood Springs.
Grand Valley 62, Gunnison 53
PARACHUTE — Sam Parker scored a game-high 25 points — the 10th time he’s scored at least 20 points in a game this season — to help the Cardinals (9-6, 8-4 3A WSL) pull away from Gunnison.
Grand Valley was able to pull away from the Cowboys on foul shots, hitting 10 of 12 from the line in the fourth quarter and 27 of 32 (84 percent) for the game.
Tanner McGee added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six steals an John Parker chipped in nine points for Grand Valley. T.J. Curry led Gunnison with 17 points.
Coal Ridge 62, Cedaredge 51
PEACH VALLEY — Ely Arreola scored 19 points to go with a 15-point outing from Richie Winkler, helping Coal Ridge (8-8, 8-5) rebound from an 18-point loss to Aspen on Friday. Andy Bowles added 10 points for the Titans. Corey Reynolds scored 17 points to lead the Bruins, who trailed 30-25 at halftime.
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