Bears’ postseason run ends at hands of Wizards
On the road at Windsor High School for a Great Eight matchup with the Wizards, the Rifle Bears girls basketball team came up short on its bid for a 4A state championship, falling to the Wizards 56-43 Friday night and ending a tremendous postseason run for the Bears.
Against the Wizards, Rifle would fall behind 20-13 after one quarter of play despite two three-pointers from senior forward Samantha Hinkle and a three-pointer from junior guard Elly Walters, pacing the offensive attack.
Trailing by seven after one quarter of play, Rifle looked to close the gap heading into the half, but Windsor would outscore the Bears 10-8 in the quarter, taking a 30-21 lead at the half.
With just 16 minutes remaining in their season, the Bears looked to pull off a second-half comeback. Rifle would get off to a good start in the third quarter, outscoring Windsor 14-12. Walters would hit two more three-pointers, while junior guard Katy Manuppella got into the mix from beyond the arc, helping the Bears pull to within 42-35 after three quarters of play.
But in the final eight minutes the Wizards would outscore the Bears 14-8, capping off the 13-point win in the Great Eight of the 4A state playoffs.
For Rifle, the loss ends a terrific season in which the Bears won the 4A Western Slope League regular season title while also winning 18 straight games this season, including the playoffs.
In the loss, Walters would finish with a team-high 20 points, while Hinkle would add 15 points, providing a secondary scoring option for the Bears. Manuppella would add six points for Rifle, while twin sister Karly Manuppella would add two points.
The Bears finish the season with a 22-4 record, 11-1 in the 4A WSL.
GRAND VALLEY 67, LUTHERAN 52
Taking on the No. 15 Lutheran Lions on Friday in the regional tournament of the 3A state playoffs, the No. 18 Grand Valley Cardinals girls basketball team pulled off the upset, rolling to a 15-point win over the Lions behind a career night from sophomore guard Shaya Chenoweth.
Against the Lions, Chenoweth poured in a game-high 29 points, including 11 points in the first quarter and 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cardinals to the win.
Grand Valley would hold a 27-17 lead at the half before scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Lions in the first-round matchup.
Along with Chenoweth, senior guard Kylyn Rigsby added 18 points for the Cardinals, while senior forward Bailey Rowe and freshman guard Jordyn Pittman added eight points each.
With the win, Grand Valley will take on No. 2 Centauri at 1 p.m. today with a trip to the Great Eight on the line.
COLORADO SPRINGS CHRISTIAN 70, GRAND VALLEY 41
Taking on the No. 3-seed Colorado Springs Christian Lions on Friday night in the first round of the 3A regional bracket, the No. 30 Grand Valley Cardinals boys basketball team came up short on its quest for an upset, falling to the Lions and ending its season in disappointing fashion.
Colorado Springs Christian would hold a 38-17 lead at the half as the Cardinals could muster just eight first-half points from junior guard Kade Hurst and five first-half points from junior guard Brandon Hagerty.
Trailing by 21 points at the half, Grand Valley would be outscored 19-13 in the third quarter as the Lions pulled away for the win in the first round of the regional bracket.
ROARING FORK 73, MANUAL 64
On the road for a first-round regional matchup with the No. 15 Manual Thunderbirds, the No. 18 Roaring Fork Rams boys basketball team knocked off the Thunderbirds 73-64 Friday afternoon. The Rams have set up a second-round matchup with No. 2 Manitou Springs at 1 p.m. today.
Against the Thunderbirds, junior forward Joe Salinas had a game to remember, pouring in 25 points for the Rams, including 11 first-quarter points and eight second-quarter points to pace the Rams to a 39-35 lead at the half.
Along with Salinas’ hot hand, senior guard Aldo Pinela also came up big for the Rams, scoring 20 points, including seven in the fourth quarter to help Roaring Fork pull off the first-round upset.
Joining Pinela and Salinas on the night was senior guard Jassiel Petetan, who poured in 15 points for the Rams, leading to a big offensive night for the boys in blue and yellow.
With the win, Roaring Fork will look to reach the Great Eight by attempting to knock off No. 2 Manitou Springs today.
Manitou topped Montezuma-Cortez 57-39 Friday night.
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