Girls hoops: Grand Valley rallies past No. 9 Coal Ridge
PEACH VALLEY — Jordan Scott wasn’t trying to miss the last two free throws she took against the ninth-ranked Coal Ridge High School girls basketball team. Then again, she’s plenty happy about what happened afterward in favor of the Grand Valley Cardinals on Tuesday.
Scott finished with a game-high 15 points — minus the foul shots she missed with 1.5 seconds left in the game. That wasn’t enough time for the Titans to get off a last-second shot, however, and the Cardinals prevailed 40-38 in the Class 3A Western Slope League game.
“She was absolutely awesome tonight,” said Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson, whose team rebounded from a last-minute loss at home to Cedaredge this past Saturday. “When she wants to be, she is as physically tough as any kid in this league.”
Scott’s layup with 1:01 remaining in the game proved to be the game winner for Grand Valley (6-3 overall, 5-1 WSL) against the ninth-ranked Titans (8-2, 6-1), breaking a 38-all tie and snapping Coal Ridge’s six-game winning streak. Ashley Radel finished with nine points and Ashlynn Speakman seven for the Cardinals.
It was Scott, however, who came up biggest when the game was on the line. Not that she’s taking the credit for it, though.
“The only reason I was able to hit that shot was because of the great pass I got down low,” she said.
Coal Ridge got possession of the ball with 30 seconds remaining with a chance to either tie the game or take the lead. Shots by Amanda Wenzel and Paige Ryan from beyond the 3-point line rimmed off, however. Scott was there for the rebound on the second miss and tied up Ryan to force a jump-ball call with 1.5 seconds remaining and the possession arrow pointing in Grand Valley’s direction.
Scott was fouled before the ball could be inbounded and missed both of her double-bonus foul shots. Ryan rebounded, but her desperation heave from 65 feet fell well short of the basket as time expired.
“The saying goes that sometimes you can have a good loss,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “Maybe we’ve been a little bit complacent. The good thing is I saw the way the girls looked in the locker room. Maybe this will get them to come back to practice [today] and work a little bit harder.”
Mariella Martinez and Brittany Young each had eight points to pace the Titans. Ryan, who came in averaging close to 18 points per game, finished with seven.
Young’s scoring all came in the third quarter when she scored all of her points unanswered to give the Titans (8-2, 6-1 league) a 33-26 lead with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter. The Cardinals rallied, though, and pulled within 33-32 on a three-point play from Scott with 4.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Cardinals eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter, but didn’t take the lead for good until Scott’s layup.
Coal Ridge continues league play at Cedaredge on Friday. Grand Valley continues league play at Gunnison, also on Friday.
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