Cards outgun Skiers, 68-33

Staff Report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE ” Grand Valley’s fast-paced, full-court game proved too much for Aspen in a battle of girls basketball unbeatens on Friday. The Cardinals, taking to their home floor for their first game of the Grand Valley Invitational, put on a show for their home crowd, outgunning the Skiers 68-33.

Led by seven points and several steals from Kendall Babler and six points from Lauren Schubert, Grand Valley jumped out to a 23-7 lead after one quarter. A smothering man-to-man defense kept Aspen from developing anything in the way of rhythm on offense.

Aspen flirted with a comeback in the second quarter, cutting the Cardinal lead to 10 at 29-19 midway through. The comeback hopes were short-lived, though, as Grand Valley reeled off eight of the game’s next 10 points to close out the half up 38-21.

The Cardinals left no doubt of the outcome in the third quarter, opening with a 13-0 run to go up by 30 halfway through the frame. Easy shots fell with regularity for the hosts as they upped their edge to 55-23 by quarter’s end.

Schubert finished with a game-high 20 points to pace the Cardinals, now 6-0 on the season. Kendall Babler added 15 points, Erin Vanderpool eight and Sherry Mlakar six.

Julia Hassal paced the Skiers, who dropped to 3-1, with 19 points.

RANGELY ” Eric Schmitz had it working from downtown and the Coal Ridge boys basketball team ran the fastbreak flawlessly as the Titans ran away with a 70-54 win at Rangely on Friday.

Schmitz nailed five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 19 points to lead the Titans, who improved to 3-1 on the season. Skyler James added 14 points and Alex Klein chipped in with 12.

“The guys played good tonight,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Cox said. “We really passed the ball. Skyler and Alex got dunks. There weren’t that many people there but the people that were there went crazy when they did that. And it was their home court.”

Cox, whose team led 43-30 at halftime and by 21 (62-41) after three, couldn’t have been more thrilled with the pace of play from his Titans, who pushed the ball up and down the floor with a fury.

“You should have seen them,” he said. “We probably had 20 fastbreaks ” two passes and a basket, off a miss or a make. It didn’t’ matter. We were running it right, and that makes it good, it makes it fun. There were a lot of smiles on the team.”

The Coal Ridge girls also beat Rangely on Friday, winning by a score of 43-32.

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