Cards earn share of WSL lead
After wins over league foes Rangely and Hayden, the Grand Valley girls basketball team has earned a share of first place in the Class 2A Western Slope League.
Last weekend’s back-to-back victories raised the 10-3 Cardinals’ winning streak to seven straight games since a 42-32 nonleague loss at Class 1A De Beque on Dec. 18. Grand Valley is 4-0 in the WSL.
Grand Valley shares the league lead with North Park, going into games at Meeker Thursday and Saturday’s home contest with Plateau Valley.
In the Cardinals’ 47-18 win over Rangely, Jessica Cielatka scored 12 points, and Jamie Vance added 11 with six rebounds.
The outcome of the game was determined by the end of the first quarter when Grand Valley took a nine-point lead. In the period, the Cardinals outscored the visiting Panthers, 17-9.
It was the largest number of points Grand Valley’s defense allowed the Panthers all night.
Saturday’s game at Hayden was tighter, but, Grand Valley still coasted to a 43-34 win.
Trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Cardinals outscored Hayden 19-12 in the third quarter and 12-8 in the fourth period, and built a 13-point lead on the Tigers at one point.
Holly Stelzlen led Grand Valley with 14 points. Ashley Christensen and Vance had seven each.
The Cardinal boys’ weekend was the opposite of their female colleagues.
A 62-48 loss to Rangely on Friday snapped an eight-game win streak.
Three Panther starters, led by Josh Padilla’s 18 points, finished in double figures. Sam McKinley and Chris Johnson scored 14 each for the Cardinals.
The pattern continued in Saturday’s game at Hayden.
Three Tigers scored in double figures in the 55-44 loss. Johnson led all scorers with 16 points. Hayden’s Evan Hilling hit for 13, and teammates Keenan Bruchez and Dustin Driscoll had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
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