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Cardinals extend winning streaks

KREMMLING ” Both the Grand Valley boys and girls basketball teams continued their winning ways in games played this weekend.

Victories over Class 2A Western Slope League rival West Grand and Nucla raised the 9-2 Cardinal boys’ current winning streak to seven straight games, and more importantly 2-0 in the WSL.

But Saturday’s 60-59 victory over the pesky Mustangs, who had suffered back-to-back road losses to Meeker and Conifer, was not easy.



With Grand Valley down by two points with four seconds left, senior Chris Johnson snagged an offensive rebound, stuffed in a field goal, then a free throw after a West Grand personal foul to give the Cards the win.

After the Cardinals trailed for most of the first quarter, Colin Lauman gave them their first lead of the game early in the second period on a nice assist from Sam McKinley.



Lauman broke a 31-all tie by scoring six of his 11 points in the quarter. Jeremy Quick added a couple of baskets to give Grand Valley a 44-42 lead at the end of period.

McKinley’s field goal gave the Cards a four-point lead early in the fourth, but the Mustangs worked their way back into the lead. Grand Valley responded by taking a 55-50 lead ” its largest margin of the night ” on a Johnson field goal and Justin Tindall’s trey with two minutes left. The Mustangs took a 59-57 lead with 12 seconds remaining, followed by Johnson’s winning 3-point play.

Johnson led with 22 points and 9 rebounds, Lauman added 11 points and 9 rebounds, and McKinley ended with 10 points.

Thursday’s Game

Grand Valley 81, Nucla 52

After Grand Valley held off a determined first-quarter run by Nucla, freshman Sam McKinley’s field goal allowed the Cardinals to take an 11-9 lead they would never relinquish en route to an easy 81-52 nonleague win on Friday.

Just about all of the entire Cardinal roster got in the scorebook as they completely dominated the Mustangs. McKinley led Grand Valley with 15 points, senior Chris Johnson added 14, and Jeremy Quick finished with 11.

Girls

Grand Valley 62, West Grand 36

Jamie Vance took control and finished with 25 points and Holly Steltzlen had 14 as the Cardinals devastated West Grand’s full-court press in a 62-36 runaway on Saturday.

The win raised Grand Valley’s (8-3 overall, 2-0 WSL) winning streak to five straight games since a 42-32 nonleague loss at De Beque on Dec. 18.

The Cardinals raced to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter, then held West Grand to single digits in two of the game’s remaining three periods.

Thursday’s game

Grand Valley 58, Nucla 34

Ashley Christensen set a school record with seven 3-pointers, including three in the first four minutes, to lead the Grand Valley girls basketball team to a 58-34 nonleague win over Nucla on Thursday.

The Cardinals jumped off to a early 13-3 lead, then distanced themselves from the Mustangs from the San Juan League by taking a 34-13 advantage at halftime.

Holly Steltzlen, Jessica Ceilatka, Jamie Vance and Melinda Johnson chipped in to end the quarter 27-8. Christensen swished her fourth trey to accompany a field goal, and Johnson chipped in a field goal for a 34-13 halftime lead.

Christensen led all scorers with 23. She was accompanied in double figures by Holly Steltzlen, who had 12 points.

Both Grand Valley teams resume league play Friday with a doubleheader at home with Rangely, then finish up the weekend with a road contest at Hayden.


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