Cardinals soar in 2nd half, advance in league tournament
PARACHUTE — Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Grand Valley High boys basketball team, who turned on the proverbial offensive jets in the second half of a 79-49 victory over the Basalt Longhorns in the first round of the Class 3A Western Slope League Tournament on Tuesday.
Sam Parker had 26 points with five 3-pointers, Gunner Rigsby had 20 points and John Parker and Tanner Magee added 10 for Grand Valley (17-3 overall), who clinched a state tournament berth and will play Roaring Fork in the tournament semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Grand Junction Central High School.
Michael Glen had 18 for Basalt (5-15), which trailed 61-45 by the end of the third quarter.
GIRLS: GRAND VALLEY 48,
ROARING FORK 18
PARACHUTE — Kyra Chenoweth finished with a game-high 25 points to go with a 17-point outing from Bailey Rowe, and the Cardinals (13-7) advanced to the state tournament and into Friday’s tournament semifinals.
Emily Fisher and Ashley Hall each had six points for the Rams (5-15), whose season ended with the loss.
Jordan Scott added five rebounds for Grand Valley, which plays next against Moffat County on Friday.
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After bowing out of the 3A state soccer playoffs in the quarterfinals and semifinals the past two seasons, the Roaring Fork Rams finally get their shot at a state title on Saturday.