Grand Valley girls knock down Coal Ridge, 69-41 |

Grand Valley girls knock down Coal Ridge, 69-41

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

PARACHUTE ” Despite entering the game with matching records of 8-6, the Grand Valley girls basketball team showed why it is undefeated in the Class 2A District 5 league after beating Coal Ridge 69-41 Tuesday night.

“The kids played with a lot of energy tonight,” said Grand Valley head coach Mike Johnson. “We knew coming into today that we were 5-0 in league, and there is a real push to win league.”

The Cardinals (6-0 District 5, 9-6) used a high-powered offense and capitalized on 18 first-half Coal Ridge turnovers to jump all over the Titans early. Grand Valley got out to a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, and the only thing keeping Coal Ridge (3-3, 8-7) in the game was Daile Gray’s two 3-pointers and one jump shot.

Grand Valley continued to play with tough defense in the second quarter, holding the Titans to eight points again and putting up 24 of its own to take a 36-16 lead into halftime.

“They (Grand Valley) came out ready to play, and I felt that we were intimidated by them,” Coal Ridge head coach Jacky Gaddis said.

“Their half-court press worked on us even though we’ve had 20 teams run that against us. I think it was more mental, and they just came out ready to play.”

Grand Valley continued to execute on offense and force 11 more turnovers on defense in the second half to secure the win. Three Cardinals finished the night in double digits as Katie Bryan scored 15, Patty Angel added 10 and Megan Johnson totaled 13. Johnson also posted seven steals, six rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.

“There are four or five girls that in any given night can be the one scoring points,” coach Johnson said. “And our defense is really starting to come together.”

Even though the Cardinals beat the Titans, coach Johnson spoke highly of his younger opponent.

“I know one thing from what I’ve seen from Coal Ridge and that’s that they play hard,” coach Johnson said. “I told our girls that and that we have to match that.”

Gaddis has an equal respect for Grand Valley.

“They are so good. They have beautiful passes, and you don’t see that very often,” Gaddis said. “Now I see why they beat Plateau Valley (12-2 overall) ” they are good.”

Kim Lyons and Morgan Jessup lead Coal Ridge in scoring with 10 points each. Lyons also chipped in three rebounds, four steals and a block while Jessup pulled down two rebounds.

Up next, Grand Valley will travel to Hayden for another league match-up on Friday, while Coal Ridge will host the Class 4A junior varsity Palisade team on Saturday.

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