Bulldogs pull away from Cards, claim 3A WSL title
Roaring Fork 54, Gunnison 49
GUNNISON — Ben Carpenter had 17 points and Aldo Pinela added 13 for the Rams, who held a 23-17 halftime lead and outscored the Cowboys 30-10 in the fourth quarter. The Rams rallied from a 12-point deficit at the end of the third quarter.
Coal Ridge 45, Olathe 30
PEACH VALLEY — Hunter Gerber returned to the Titans’ starting lineup and scored a game-high 17 points, helping Coal Ridge finish fourth in the WSL standings. The Titans will host a first-round district tournament game on Tuesday. Daniel Vernon had 13 points to lead winless Olathe.
Roaring Fork 37, Gunnison 25
GUNNISON — Emily Fisher scored a game-high 13 points to go with a nine-point effort from Cindy Salinas, and the Rams (5-14, 4-10 3A WSL) capped its regular-season schedule with a victory.
Roaring Fork shored up a fifth-place finish in the league standings. Katie Weimer and Ashley Hall added six and five points, respectively, for the Rams.
Olathe 62, Coal Ridge 40
PEACH VALLEY — The Pirates (17-1 overall, 13-0 league) clinched the outright league championship with their victory over the Titans.
Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds for Coal Ridge (9-10, 9-5 league). Mariela Martinez and Allie Winkler each added four points for the Titans.
PARACHUTE — The stars were aligned for a 3A Western Slope League title-deciding game when Grand Valley hosted Moffat County in a battle of one-loss teams. However, the visiting Bulldogs put their stamp on the game with a massive second quarter run to separate themselves from the Cardinals to secure the regular season crown with an 87-66 win.
Grand Valley (15-3, 11-2 3A WSL) started brightly, using the energy from an electric crowd to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Moffat County (14-4, 12-1 3A WSL) responded quickly, knotting the game at 10 barely four minutes in. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the quarter in a game that seemed destined to mimic the high-scoring affair from their meeting in Craig. The Bulldogs held a 21-20 lead after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, however, the complexion of the contest changed, as Moffat County took control of the game. The Bulldogs dominated the offensive glass, turned second chances into buckets, and steadily built a 44-26 halftime lead. Bulldog junior Dylan Kincade scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half and was instrumental in an 11-0 run that put the visitors on top for good.
Grand Valley did rebound from their sluggish second quarter with a 22-point third quarter, in part due to impressive shooting nights from juniors Johnny Parker and Tanner Magee. Parker posted 14 in the second half while Magee added eight as part of a mini run at the beginning of the third quarter that brought the hosts to within 68-56.
Moffat County responded again, this time thanks to their leading scorer Joe Camilletti, to keep the Cardinals at arm’s length the rest of the way. Scott Parker’s squad had no answer for Camilletti, who poured in 21 of his game-high 25 in the second half. Ultimately, it was a balanced scoring night for the visitors, which saw five players reach double figures.
Grand Valley was led by the 20 points of Parker, while Magee chipped in 19. Leon Hernandez added 12 in the losing effort.
The Cardinals look forward to Gunnison on today to wrap up the regular season before they prepare for 3A district play, which will begin on Tuesday night in Parachute.
GIRLS: MOFFAT COUNTY 49,
GRAND VALLEY 39
PARACHUTE — The Moffat County girls used a 23-7 run to end the contest to turn around a third quarter deficit into a victory over Grand Valley.
Kyra Chenoweth poured in 17 points to pace the Cardinals, but the shots wouldn’t fall down the stretch for the home-standing Cardinals (11-7, 8-5 3A WSL).
The Bulldogs (13-5, 11-2 3A WSL) locked up second place in the league standings with the win.
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