Bears notch 10th straight win
Post Independent Staff
RIFLE ” If a 10 is perfection, then what is an 11? How about a win.
Both numbers were prominent in Rifle’s 61-49 over Glenwood Springs in Tuesday’s girls basketball game between the two Western Slope League rivals.
An 11-0 scoring run the Bears posted on the Demons in the first quarter negated Glenwood’s only lead in the game, and was a key factor in Rifle’s extending their current winning streak to 10 games.
“Any time you get a run early in the game it settles your team down,” said Bear coach Rick Schmitz. “And we haven’t done that very often.”
As the Bears settled in on offense, Rifle’s normally tight defense, fortified by an eight-point lead, got even stingier.
After Glenwood (8-0 WSL, 12-3 overall) scored the game’s open hoop on Keegan Nadon’s three-pointer, the Demons didn’t move the scoreboard again for nearly four minutes.
Glenwood whacked Rifle’s 10-point lead down to 17-9 at the end of the first period and did move to within seven points of the Bears when Amber Sutherland connected on a trey early in the second quarter, but the Demons (5-3, 8-7) couldn’t narrow the gap any further.
After being held to 33 points in three quarters, Glenwood rallied and scored 16 points in the final period.
By then, Rifle had the game sealed.
In the second quarter, after both teams exchanged scores, the Bears knocked in six quick points, capped by Savannah Beecraft’s field goal, to raise Rifle’s lead to 28-16. Senior Krista Wagstrom, who lead all scorers with 17 points, padded the Bears cushion to 32-21 at intermission.
Rifle put the nail in the Demons’ coffin when they opened the third quarter with seven straight points.
“That really helped us to get going,” Schmitz said. “Glenwood fought back hard, but that was a huge lift for us to start the third quarter that way.”
Bear forward Renee Laudick had a strong game with 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Glenwood got a good game from Emily Hauptli, who scored 15, and senior Nikita Daniely who pulled down 12 rebounds and scored 10 points.
Both teams have back-to-back league contests this weekend. On Friday, Rifle hosts Steamboat Springs and concludes its three-game WSL swing at Moffat County on Saturday. Glenwood plays the same two teams, starting with Friday’s home contest against Moffat County, then finishes up the weekend Saturday evening at Steamboat.
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