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Coal Ridge girls, boys basketball topple Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs Demon Blake Nieslanik tries to snatch the ball away from Coal Ridge Titan Karsen DuBois during Friday night's game at Coal Ridge High School. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Coal Ridge boys and girls basketball are off to a stellar start to the truncated 2021 basketball season.

After collecting home nonconference wins against Class 4A Glenwood Springs on Friday night, the 3A Titans varsity basketball squads head into week two undefeated.

GIRLS: Coal Ridge 40, Glenwood 28



Despite Glenwood Springs’ hefty, 15-point fourth quarter, a combined 28-point night brought on by Coal Ridge senior Taylor Wiescamp and sophomore Mikayla Cheney proved too much for the Demons on Friday night.

Hosting their first game of the season, Coal Ridge girls basketball notched a 40-28 victory over the Demons, in turn stretching their unbeaten streak to 2-0 on the season. With the loss, the Demons fall to 0-2 on the season.



Glenwood Springs Demon Maddie Moser dribbles the ball around the defending Coal Ridge Titan during Friday night's game at Coal Ridge High School. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Coming off a 48-23 non-league win over Steamboat Springs two nights before, the Titans continued to bring the heat against their cross-county rival throughout all four quarters.

The first quarter proved to be a neck-and-neck affair, with the Titans ending the frame up 5-4. Rolling into the second quarter, however, both teams started to find the hoop as Coal Ridge outscored their opponent 12-9.

The Titans would go into halftime up 17-13.

Following the age-old sports adage “defense wins championships,” Coal Ridge applied more pressure on the Demons, keeping them scoreless throughout the entire third quarter. Meanwhile, the Titans chipped in nine points.

The Titans’ additional 14 insurance points in the fourth quarter helped them lock in the win at the final buzzer.

Coal Ridge Titan Taylor Wiescamp jumps through the defending Glenwood Springs Demons during Friday night's game at Coal Ridge High School. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Wiescamp would lead the Titans with 18 points, Cheney was good for 10, while junior Clara Carranza and sophomore Jackie Camunez combined for eight points.

For the Demons, senior Maddie Moser was good for eight points, junior Kenzie Winder scored 7 points and junior Ella Johnson netted 6 points.

Up next, Coal Ridge heads to Carbondale to take on Roaring Fork at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for the first 3A league game of the season. Glenwood Springs’ girls head to Frisco to take on Summit at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

BOYS: Coal Ridge 44, Glenwood Springs 40

There is nothing more potentially hazardous to a coach’s well-being than having to watch a team battle through a nailbiter.

That’s exactly what Glenwood Springs coach Fred Heisel and Coal Ridge’s Paul Harvey had to do Friday night. After both teams essentially went tit-for-tat the entire bout, the Titans would claim a 44-40 victory.

Coal Ridge Titan Hank DiMarco attempts to score through the defending Glenwood Springs Demons during Friday night's game at Coal Ridge High School. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

With both teams finding the basket immediately following tipoff, Glenwood Springs took the first quarter 11-9. Answering right back in the second frame, however, the Titans netted 14 points to the Demons’ eight.

The Titans went into halftime up 23-19.

Offensive prowess for both teams picked up right where it left off from the first half as the Titans barely managed to outscore their opponent 11-9 to end the third quarter. But the Demons would punch right back in the final frame, notching 12 points.

Coal Ridge’s 10 security points, however, were just enough to squeak by with the victory.

With the loss, the Demons fall to 1-1 on the season, while the Titans head into next week up, 1-0.

Titans seniors Daniel Sanchez and Hank DiMarco were good for nine points, respectively. Senior teammate Andrew Herrera was good for eight points, while senior Karsen DuBois and junior Eddie Salazar combined for 12 points.

Glenwood Springs stats were not immediately available.

Up next, Coal Ridge heads to Carbondale to take on league rival Roaring Fork at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glenwood Springs’ boys head to Frisco to take on Summit at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

rerku@postindependent.com


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