Cards sweep Paonia in league opener |

Cards sweep Paonia in league opener

The holiday break didn’t cool off the hot shooting of the Grand Valley boys basketball team.The Cardinals hit for 11 three-pointers, including six from Dylan Culver, to roll past Paonia 79-64 in their Class 2A Western Slope League opener Friday night in Parachute.Culver got Grand Valley (4-4 overall, 1-0 league) off to a quick start with 11 of the Cards’ 19 first-quarter points for a 10-point lead over Paonia (6-2, 0-1). Then Sam McKinley got in on the act with nine points in the second quarter.McKinley and Culver both finished with 23 points. McKinley added 10 rebounds and five assists, while Culver had six rebounds and three steals.• In Saturday’s nonleague game against Basalt, the Class 3A Longhorns downed Grand Valley 72-53. Every player on the Basalt roster scored at least two points, led by 19 points from Cody Burkholder. Darren Duroux and Ben Pollock added 13 and 11, respectively, for Basalt. McKinley and Culver both had solid nights again for the Cardinals. McKinley scored 23, including four threes, while Culver netted 17 with three treys, but no other Cardinal player scored more than four points.Basalt improved to 2-5 overall.GirlsPaonia can’t keep up with Jones, CardsGrand Valley’s Julianne Jones scored the first eight points of the first quarter and led the Cardinals to a 64-37 victory over Paonia in their league opener.Paonia managed to stay within striking distance for three quarters, but a 18-3 fourth frame sealed the victory for Grand Valley. Jones finished with a game-high 18 points, and Jamie Vance added 15 points. Grand Valley improves to 5-2 (1-0), while Paonia drops to 2-6 (0-1). The results from Grand Valley at Basalt game were not available at press time.

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