Cardinals bumped from 2A tourney |

Cardinals bumped from 2A tourney

The Grand Valley High School basketball season came to a close Friday for both the boys and the girls squads.The Cardinal boys fell 57-52 in a Class 2A state tournament loser-out game to the Holyoke Dragons. The Grand Valley girls dropped a 55-40 decision to Akron, also in loser-out play.Grand Valley, which concluded the year at 21-4, regained its shooting touch after scoring only 37 points in Thursday’s first-round loss to Del Norte, only to suffer a power outage in the second half.The game broke in Grand Valley’s favor in the second period. The Cardinals extended the slim 14-12 first-quarter lead to a nine-point advantage at halftime by outscoring the Dragons, 18-11 in the second period.After taking a 32-23 lead at halftime, the Cardinals were only able to add 24 points to their team total in the second half.It wasn’t enough to fend off the Dragons.Getting a strong push from Robert Murray, who finished with a game-high 24 points, Holyoke pulled within two points of Grand Valley at the end of the third quarter. Holyoke earned the five-point victory by holding Grand Valley to five points in the fourth frame.Center Luke Braby led the Cardinals’ charge with a team-high 20 points, getting additional offensive help from guard Dylan Culver, who tossed 13.GVHS girls stumble against AkronTurnovers on offense, and allowing too many free throws, proved to be a tough combination for the Grand Valley girls and led to a 15-point loss to the Akron Rams.The defeat, combined with their first-round loss to Sangre De Cristo on Thursday, eliminated the Cardinals (16-9) from the double-elimination tournament.Akron, which advances to today’s consolation championship game, won the game on free throws, connecting on 26-of-38 shots from the line. Roaring Fork’s Elaine Vigil made 8-of-8 free throws as part of a game-high 13 points.Grand Valley trailed by five after the first quarter and was behind by seven points at halftime and the third period. Grand Valley got within three points of Akron, before the Rams put the game away with an 18-10 fourth-quarter run.Megan Johnson led the Cardinals with 12 points. Melinda Johnson had 10.

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