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Grand Valley boys move into Class 3A Sweet 16

BOYS: GRAND VALLEY 81, MANITOU SPRINGS 70

MANITOU SPRINGS (70) — Babyn Adamcheck 2 0-2 5, Cole Sienkneche 2 0-0 16, Ryan Adamcheck 1 0-2 8, Lucas Rodholm 6 1-1 13, Danny McGee 4 1-2 9, Darwin Fredrickson 1 2-3 7, Jaren Keul 2 2-2 6, Steven Jensen 0 1-2 4, Totals 27 7-14 70.

GRAND VALLEY (81) — Leon Hernandez 2 0-0 4, Gunner Rigsby 3 2 3-6 15, Sam Parker 7 4 6-7 32, John Parker 4 1 8-8 19, Caleb Starr 0 0-2, Tanner Magee 4 1-2 9, Totals 27 18-25 81.

Manitou Springs 5 26 20 19 — 70

Grand Valley 22 24 22 13 — 81

3-point Goals: Grand Valley 7 (S. Parker 4, Rigsby 2, J. Parker), Manitou Springs 9 (B. Adamcheck, Sienkneche 4, R. Adamcheck 2, Ferderickson, Jensen). Total fouls — Manitou 20, Grand Valley 14. Fouled out — Sienkneche, B. Adamcheck.

GIRLS: SAINT MARY’S 39, GRAND VALLEY 37

GRAND VALLEY (37) — Kyra Chenoweth 4 4-10 13, Allie Dovey 2 0-0 5, Kylyn Rigsby 4 0-0 10, Bailey Rowe 1 0-0 3, Jordan Scott 3 0-0 6, Keyha Hurley 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 4-10 37.

ST. MARY’S (39) — Haley Plush 2 0-0 5, Olivia Florek 1 4 0-0 14, Kathleen Resman 2 0-0 4, Maggie Hartman 3 2-2 8, Katie Whitelaw 1 2 0-0 8. Totals 15 2-2 39.

Grand Valley 7 14 11 5 — 37

St. Mary’s 5 11 18 5 — 39

3-point Goals: Grand Valley 4 (Chenoweth 2, Rigsby 2), St. Mary’s 6 (Florek 4, Whitelaw 2). Total fouls — Grand Valley 11, St. Mary’s 13. Fouled out — Rowe.

ALAMOSA — Sam Parker finished with a game-high 32 points in what coach Scott Parker called the senior guard’s best game of the season, and the Grand Valley High boys basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Class 3A state tournament by holding off Manitou Springs, 81-70, in a first-round game Friday night.

Sam Parker, who Friday matched the season-high point total he tallied against Aspen in Parachute in January, he hit four of the Cardinals’ seven 3-pointers against the Mustangs. Then after milking the clock in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory, Grand Valley (18-5 overall) advanced into the regional title game against the Alamosa Mean Moose (17-5), a 60-29 winner against Coal Ridge in the other game of the day.

Gunner Rigsby finished with 15 points to go with 19 from John Parker, who had an 8-for-8 performance from the free-throw line.

“Sam had more 30-plus point games last season than he did this year,” Scott Parker said. “This year, we have more balance on our team. That definitely showed today.”

Cole Sienkneche finished with 16 points and Lucas Rodholm added 13 for Manitou, which fell behind the 10th-seeded Cardinals 22-5 after one quarter and trailed 46-31 at halftime.

The winner of today’s game, which begins at 1 p.m. in Alamosa, advances to the Class 3A Great 8 in Golden.

Girls: St. Mary’s 39, Grand Valley 37

Katie Whitelaw hit the game-winning, go-ahead layup for St. Mary’s with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation, snapping a 37-all tie, bringing the Pirates back from a 21-16 halftime deficit and ending the season for the Cardinals (13-10 overall).

Olivia Florek finished with a game-high 14 points and Whitelaw and Maggie Hartman each had eight to pace the Pirates. St. Mary’s, the No. 9 seed in the 32-team tournament, will play 25th-seeded Liberty Common, a 67-51 winner over eighth-seeded Bennett.

Kyra Chenoweth finished with 13 points and Kylyn Rigsby added 10 for the Cardinals, who were down to just five players who had significant playing time by the tail end of the game.

“This is the toughest group of kids I’ve ever known,” first-year Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera said. “The toughness they displayed was unparalleled this season.”


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