Grand Valley hoping to end strong
Basketball has always created a big splash at Grand Valley High School.And, with both the boys and girls teams sporting winning records, the stream of fans following the Cardinals to league games at Paonia and North Park this weekend should stretch for an appreciable distance down the highway.Fridays Parents Night home doubleheader win over Meeker raised the girls record to 6-0 in the Class 2A Western Slope League and 13-4 overall. More importantly, the Cardinal girls are in a first-place tie with North Park heading into Friday and Saturdays contests. Its gonna be tough, said girls coach Mike Johnson. We have to be clicking on all cylinders this week. We hope to be 7-0 and fighting for the league championship on Saturday.Winning the league title is important in the 2A ranks. The regular-season WSL champ receives a guaranteed spot at the regional tournament on March 6 in Grand Junction, no matter what happens at the District 5 tournament in Parachute on Feb. 27-28.Grand Valley responded to Thursdays 62-44 loss to DeBeque with a commanding 45-25 victory over Meeker. Both games were nonleague contests.Starter Julianne Jones scored 12 points and sub Wynette Jackson added 11 in the Meeker game. Holly Steltzlen led Grand Valley with 10 in the DeBeque contest. The boys, also 13-4, are 4-2 in league and are currently in third place in the WSL.We played real well this weekend, said coach Scott Kiburis of his teams wins over DeBeque and Meeker. Were in a good position to finish second or third in league.The victories raised the Cardinal boys current win streak to four straight games. Sam McKinley, Colin Lauman and Chris Johnson clicked for double-figures in Grand Valleys 73-67 win against DeBeque. Twelve of McKinleys 19 points against the Class 1A Dragons came from the three-point line.Lauman scored seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Johnson added 13.Johnson had a huge night against Meeker.The senior center had team highs in two departments with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
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