Grand Valley girls hoops stays in 1st place with win |

Grand Valley girls hoops stays in 1st place with win

Mike Vidakovich

With the 3A district tournament looming on the horizon just a couple of weeks down the road, the Basalt girls basketball team, steadily improving, gave the first-place Grand Valley Cardinals all they could handle in the first half of play, before falling 71-46 Friday night in Basalt.

Junior guard Nicole Alvarado and senior Carsyn Knotts were early sparks for the Longhorns as the two scored inside and outside, with Knotts hitting a couple three-pointers to keep Basalt within 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Grand Valley sits atop the Western Slope League for good reason, as the Cardinals outscored Basalt 20-9 in the second frame behind the scoring of sophomore Shaya Chenoweth and senior Kylyn Rigsby.

Rigsby, every bit as unselfish as she is good, found fellow senior Bailey Rowe underneath for an easy two off the glass, and Chenoweth, who always seems to be a step ahead of all defenders on the fastbreak, eased in a layup as she recorded 15 first-half points.

The Cardinals came out firing in the third quarter as Rowe hit for 10 points, including a three-pointer, and Rigsby hit a couple buckets of her own as Grand Valley had suddenly bounced ahead 50-28.

Kate Schrock hit 3 three-pointers and Cintia Miramontes scored for Basalt, but Grand Valley had hit their stride and would not be reeled in.

“We weren’t caught off guard by Basalt’s improvement, they just played well in that first half,” said Cardinal coach Jake Higuera. “We needed that big third quarter. We just kept attacking and hitting shots.”

The three basketeers for Grand Valley were Rowe with 23 points, Rigsby and Chenoweth each helped the cause with 20 points. Tops for Basalt was Knotts with 12, Schrock and Alvarado with 11, and Miramontes with 10 points.

Grand Valley, which faces a big test at home today against Olathe, ran their record to 10-6 overall and 6-0 in the WSL, while Basalt now stands at 3-14 and 1-6 in conference play.

Basalt 71 Grand Valley 41

The Basalt boys, still playing without the services of injured forward Wade Soho, got back on the winning track after Tuesday’s loss at Coal Ridge by defeating the Grand Valley Cardinals 71-41 in a matchup of two of the upper-tier teams in the Western Slope League.

The Longhorns got started on scoop shots by Kyle Roberts and Wylie Hawkins to jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. Michael Glen then got the decibel level up in the Basalt gym with a two-handed dunk, and Dylan Gressett scored inside to widen the margin to 11-3 in favor of the home team.

Grand Valley pulled to within 21-15 as Indra Griggs scored on a short jumper. Kade Hurst and Garrett Magee then hit three-pointers to pull the Cardinals closer and get Basalt’s attention. Junior Justin Henderson responded by scoring on a couple drives and soft shots off the banking board for Basalt to put the ‘Horns up comfortably 34-18 at the half.

Griggs scored Grand Valley’s first six points of the second half, as he was helped along by baskets from Jeffrey Holbrook and Brenden Hagerty, but Basalt continued to maintain a 20-point lead for much of the third quarter.

Miles Levy, Raul Torres, Henderson, and Glen all had big second half scoring surges for Basalt, and when Glen netted a nifty one handed tip-in to put the score at 67-34 with 4:37 to play, Basalt’s dominance on the night had been punctuated.

“The guys have a good understanding of how to play basic fundamental basketball. We’re looking forward to getting everyone healthy for the district tournament,” said Basalt Head Coach Danny Martinez.

The Longhorns (15-2, 6-1 WSL) were led in scoring by Glen with 19 points and Henderson with 15. Grand Valley (8-8, 3-3 WSL) was led by Griggs who dropped in 16 points on the evening.

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