Cards boys and girls victorious at 2A District 5 tournament |

Cards boys and girls victorious at 2A District 5 tournament

The Grand Valley boys basketball team had to win to advance to this week’s Class 2A regional tournament at Grand Junction High School.

On the flip side, the Cardinal girls, winners of the regular-season league title, had its spot at regionals guaranteed. Both teams accomplished the feat with victories in both championship games of the 2A, District 5 tournament, Saturday at Soroco High School.

The Cardinal boys pinned a stunning 86-62 loss on regular-season champ Paonia to earn their berth. And, they did it by posting big numbers on the surprised Eagles.

Trailing by one point after scoring 19 in the first quarter, Grand Valley tacked up 27 points in the second frame, 18 more in the third stanza, then sealed the victory by outscoring Paonia 22-9 in the final period.

Four Grand Valley players ended the game in double figures. Jeff Birvey had 21. Luke Braby and Dylan Culver scored 14 each. Sam McKinley tossed in 13 points.

The girls got a season-best game from junior forward Katie Bryan in their 57-49 win over Meeker in the girls title clash.

Bryan led all scorers with 22 points. Meeker’s Kristin Schaeffer was next with 15.

The Cardinals built up their lead slowly. Ahead 13-9 at the end of the first period, Grand Valley boosted the margin between themselves and the Cowboys by outscoring them 15-9 in the second quarter.

Teams and game times for the regional tournament will be released later this week.

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