Glenwood girls keep focus, rout Bears
GRAND JUNCTION — Jacky Gaddis admitted that her Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team didn’t play its prettiest game of the season on Friday. It was, however, good enough to send the sixth-ranked Demons into the championship game of the Class 4A Western Slope District Tournament.
Madi Spence and Hailey Armstrong each finished with 12 points to pace Glenwood, which pulled away from the Rifle Bears in the second half on its way to a 43-29 victory in the tournament’s semifinal round at Brownson Arena. Glenwood outscored the Bears 19-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Spence added eight rebounds and Laura McDermott added 10 boards for the Demons (21-1 overall) and Glenwood moved on to the tournament championship against Palisade. The game will be played at 10 a.m. today at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
Chante Church finished with a game-high 23 points to pace the Bears, who play for third place against Eagle Valley at Palisade High School.
Coal Ridge 74, Moffat County 59
PEACH VALLEY — Paige Ryan blitzed the Bulldogs for 26 points to pace the Titans, who used a 24-point third quarter to pull away. Britini Allen added 16 points for Coal Ridge. Moffat County was paced by 10-point efforts from Allie Ehlers and Morgan Lawton. Coal Ridge will open next week’s 3A WSL district tournament against Moffat County.
Cedaredge 59, Roaring Fork 47
CEDAREDGE — The Rams got 14-point performances from Maddie Nieslanik and Autumn Grandberry and were within six points of the Bruins late in the game. Cedaredge led 46-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Rifle 52, Palisade 43
GRAND JUNCTION — Rifle High School’s boys basketball team improved to 17-3 overall with the victory over the Bulldogs. The Bears advanced to the district tournament’s title game, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today at Brownson Arena.
Moffat County 54, Coal Ridge 51
PEACH VALLEY — Kort Hathorn scored 20 points to lead all scorers in Moffat County’s win over the Titans. Richie Winkler had 14 to pace Coal Ridge, which led 44-41 at the end of the third quarter.
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