Girls hoops: Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge girls fall, Rifle girls win
CARBONDALE — Maddie Nieslanik still has a lot of confidence in her Roaring Fork High School teammates. The scoring spurts the Rams had against the Cedaredge girls basketball team Friday night — even in the Bruins’ 54-42 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over Roaring Fork — were a testament to that.
“We are capable of winning and we are a good team,” the Roaring Fork senior said. “But we’re so new and so young. It’s taken us a while to mesh, but it seems like we’re getting better every week. I really feel like the only direction we have to go is up.”
Nieslanik was a catalyst in keeping the Rams (2-9 overall, 2-6 league) in the game against the fast-paced Bruins (9-2, 7-1), who got 15 points from Alyssa Isaman and 10 from Mackenzie Kehmeier. Nieslanik’s three unanswered jumpers were a big part of an 8-0 run that pulled Roaring Fork within 22-16 at halftime, and her jumper with 2 minutes remaining, followed by a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots from Autumn Grandberry, pulled the Rams within 51-39 with 1:01 left after they’d trailed by 23 points early in the fourth quarter.
Nieslanik finished with a game-high 18 points, with Grandberry, a senior guard, adding 15 points. But the Bruins, who jumped to the top of the league standings with the victory, scored most of their points off their press and fast break.
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“I think our turnovers have a lot to do with it,” Nieslanik said. “We’ll be on a roll and have a turnover, and our intensity will drop down a little bit. But then it will keep happening over, and over and over again. It brings us down, and we have to learn how to overcome that. This game has a lot of failure in it, and the true champions are the ones who overcome that.”
Moffat County 59, Coal Ridge 48
CRAIG — Allie Ehlers led the Bulldogs with 18 points — 14 of them coming in the second half — and held on against a short-handed Coal Ridge roster.
The Titans (6-3 Class 3A WSL) brought just seven players to the game, as three of them stayed home after they were suspended for violating team policy earlier this week. Moffat County made its final seven foul-shot attempts of the game to pull away down the stretch.
Rifle 49, Delta 38
DELTA — Carsyn Copeland netted her third consecutive double-double, recording 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Bears’ Class 4A Western Slope League victory.
Chante Church scored a game-high 17 points and Emily Neuroth chipped in nine for the Bears, who scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Panthers.
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