Boys basketball: Horning’s big outing does in Huskies; Coal Ridge ties team record
EDWARDS — Glenwood Springs High boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock summed up Cameron Horning’s night against Battle Mountain in the simplest terms he could on Saturday.
“He did a good job of taking advantage of what the defense was giving him,” Hitchcock said of Horning’s 34-point night during the Demons’ 61-45 victory over the Huskies. “He was very aggressive, and all of his shots were falling.”
Well, not all of them. Just most of them.
Horning finished 12-of-23 shooting from the field and hit 7-of-8 shots from the free-throw line. That, along with a two-point, five-assist, eight-rebound performance from Jake Gentry, helped the Demons (12-3 overall, 9-0 4A Western Slope League) retain its one-game lead on Steamboat Springs for the top spot in the league standings.
Horning was the only Glenwood player in double figures in scoring but was one of eight players to score. Among them were Mason Yellico (seven points) and Max Glasener (six). Glenwood had 32 rebounds as a team, which will be crucial when they continue league play on the road against Palisade on Tuesday at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
“We have to be playing our best basketball of the season staring on Tuesday,” Hitchcock said.
Coal Ridge 43, Basalt 26
PEACH VALLEY — Greyson Keener scored a game-high 12 points to go with a 10-point outing from Dan Schouten, and the Titans put in a record-setting defensive effort against the Longhorns.
The 26-point outing from Basalt tied the Titans’ team record for the least amount of points the team has allowed in a game in school history. It was down by two previous teams: last year’s Titans (a 39-26 win vs. Roaring Fork on Jan. 21, 2014), and seven years ago against Basalt (a 46-26 home win Feb. 8, 2008).
“We as a coaching staff were very proud to watch the team play smart, controlled basketball,” said Titans coach Paul Harvey, whose team allowed just four points in the second half. “The second half was by far the best half of defense we’ve ever had.”
The Titans (5-7, 4-3) continue league play Wednesday with a makeup game at Olathe.
Roaring Fork 52, Aspen 48
ASPEN — Ben Carpenter scored a team-high 13 points — including a 5-for-7 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter — to help the Rams hold off a comeback attempt from the Skiers.
The Rams (9-5, 6-3 3A WSL) were up 30-16 at halftime, but Aspen (6-6, 2-5) pulled within three points twice — 47-44 and 49-46 — in the final minutes of the fourth quarter before Carpenter and Raul Leyva hit some key foul shots down the stretch to help seal the victory.
Chering Sherpa added 11 points and Leyva chipped in eight for the Rams. For Aspen, Evan Patzoldt had a game-high 16 and Dominik Alcorta chipped in 12.
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