Cardinals control 2A WSL after weekend sweep
Quietly, Grand Valley has become the early leader in the boys and girls Class 2A Western Slope League standings.
Both squads raised their league marks to 3-0 after sweeps of Soroco and Plateau Valley in league contests this weekend.
At home in Parachute Saturday, the Cardinal boys spanked the Plateau Valley Cowboys, 72-47.
Dylan Carver and Sam McKinley were red-hot from the outside, downing four 3-pointers between them in the third quarter, increasing Grand Valley’s nine-point halftime lead to 59-41 at the end of the period.
McKinley took high-point honors with 22 points in the contest. Culver finished with 21, including four 3-point field goals in the second half.
Friday’s game at Soroco took longer for the Cardinals to put in the win column.
Behind heading into the fourth quarter, Grand Valley defeated the host Rams, 63-60, fueled by Culver scoring 14 of his 27 points in the period.
The Cardinal senior gave Grand Valley the lead on his seventh 3-pointer of the game with under two minutes left. Taylor Prince secured the victory when he hit two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
The Grand Valley-Soroco girls match was also a nail-biter.
Jamie Vance scored eight of a game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to preserve a 35-34 win for the Cardinals, who had seen a 18-12 halftime lead wither to a one-point margin at the end of the third period.
Plateau Valley fell easily the next night.
Vance singed the nets for a season-high 30 points in a 61-48 runaway win over the defenseless Cowboys. Jessica Cielatka, Vance’s backcourt mate, also finished in double figures with 13.
On Tuesday, Grand Valley hosts Class 3A Hotchkiss for a girls/boys varsity nonleague doubleheader, then resume league play Friday with home games against West Grand.
Basalt captures wins over Olathe, Gunnison
The Longhorns had a perfect weekend as its boys and girls teams collared back-to-back league victories in Class 3A action against Olathe and Gunnison.
Three players, led by Cody Burholder’s 14 points, netted double figures in the boys 58-44 win over Gunnison Saturday at BHS’s “Big House”.
Jesse Regan tossed in 12 points and Ben Pollock netted 10.
On Friday, the ‘Horns downed Olathe 52-43. The wins moved Basalt to 2-1 in league and 4-5 overall.
Dayne Toney scored 16 points and got additional offensive help from Deanna Spracher, who finished with 12 points, in Saturday’s 50-36 victory over Gunnison.
The night before, Basalt earned a 52-43 decision over Olathe.
This week, the Longhorns host Aspen Friday, then travel to Cedaredge Saturday for league contests.
In other prep basketball games played Saturday, the Rifle girls bested Eagle Valley, 51-47, for its tenth win in eleven games this season. The victory also raised the Bears current winning streak to nine straight and maintained a first-place tie in the 4A WSL with Moffat County.
Both teams have 3-0 league marks after games played this weekend.
The Rifle boys also held on to its share of first place in the WSL on a 55-49 come-from-behind victory at home Saturday with Eagle Valley. Rifle and Steamboat Springs are knotted at the top of the standings with identical 3-0 marks.
Both Bear varsity squads will be at home Friday for a league doubleheader with the Delta Panthers.
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