Girls basketball: Grand Valley tops Olathe; Glenwood rolls past Delta
PARACHUTE — Ashlynn Speakman scored a game-high 17 points and Ashley Radel and Hayley Johnson added nine points each for the Cardinals (11-3 overall, 10-1 Class 3A Western Slope League), who held a nine-point lead at halftime against the Pirates on their way to a 52-36 Class 3A Western Slope League victory.
“Defensively, we really did good,” said Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson, whose team led 26-17 at halftime. “The girls played a tough game and rebounded well, which helped us jump to an early lead.”
The victory gave Grand Valley a two-game lead over second-place Cedaredge in the 3A WSL standings. They have a chance to distance themselves a little more in the league standings when they play at Cedaredge on Tuesday.
Amanda Kinterknecht scored 11 points to pace Olathe (12-4 overall, 9-4 league).
Gunnison 38, Roaring Fork 35
CARBONDALE — Autumn Grandberry scored 18 points and Emily Fisher added seven for Roaring Fork, but a 24-point game from Gunnison’s Jordan Wallin was too much for the Rams to overcome.
At halftime, the Cowboys had a five-point lead (20-15). The Rams caught up and were ahead 35-32 late in the fourth quarter, but Gunnison rallied in the final seconds.
“It was a close game all way,” Carbondale coach Kirk Cheney said. “We set up for one last play, but didn’t get a shot off, but overall we played hard as a team.”
Glenwood Springs 56, Delta 31
DELTA — Delaney Gaddis scored a game-high 16 points and Madi Spence chipped in 14 for the unbeaten and fourth-ranked Demons (16-0, 11-0 4A WSL), who used a big defensive effort in the second half to pull away and clinch at least a share of the league championship.
The Demons can clinch the title outright with a home victory over Battle Mountain this afternoon. Glenwood holds a three-game lead over Rifle with three league games remaining.
Shelby Curtis scored eight points to pace the Panthers. Gaddis added eight steals and four assists, and Spence chipped in 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Laura McDermott added nine boards.
Rifle 52, Summit 32
RIFLE — Chante Church scored a game-high 21 points and Carson Copeland added 11 points for the bears (8-7 overall, 8-3 league), who held a 21-11 halftime lead against the Tigers.
Copeland also had eight rebounds and two steals to help pace the Bears. Kailee Cordova added seven points.
“Our half-court defense was a highlight,” Rifle coach Kristy Wallner said. “ Our offense was efficient and we had some great looks.”
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