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Junior plays big for Cards

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com
Basalt High School's Britin Strobel (32) tries to wrestle the basketball away from Grand Valley's Hanna Cornelius (33) and Giulia Hall (44) during the second half of Saturday's Class 3A Western Slope League game in Parachute. Grand Valley won, 74-21.
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PARACHUTE — Jordan Scott isn’t very big, but the Grand Valley High School junior sure played that way against the Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.

Scott scored all of her game-high 19 points in the first half, helping the Cardinals get off to a torrid start that never seemed to stop in Grand Valley’s 74-21 victory over a feisty Basalt girls squad at The Nest.

“She’s our size,” Cardinals’ coach Mike Johnson said of the 5-foot-10 Scott. “She’s very physical, she does a great job on the boards, and on nights when we can get her the ball, she’ll finish and scored for us.”



Scott, who is the tallest player on Grand Valley’s roster, seemingly had a big size advantage over the smaller Longhorns. And all of her points came from underneath the basket, with her 13 second-quarter points paving the way to the Cardinals’ 48-13 halftime lead.

“I’ve got some great teammates,” Scott said. “It’s pretty easy to convert when you know that you have teammates like that behind you.”



Haley Johnson added 12 points and Ashlynn Speakman added seven for Grand Valley (4-2 overall, 3-0 Class 3A Western Slope League). The Cardinals have won two straight after losses to top-ranked Holy Family (59-17) and Paonia (54-48) the previous week in Broomfield.

Kaity Johnson finished with a team-high 11 points and Carsyn Knotts added four points to pace the scoring for the Longhorns (0-3, 0-1 league), who had a two-week layoff between games. The last time Basalt had played prior to Saturday afternoon was the season-opening Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, where the Longhorns fell to Class 4A teams Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley.

“You can go a certain speed in practice, but there’s a big difference when it comes to game speed,” Basalt coach Tiffany Robinson said. “We did have some things to work on. Our defense could have been better, and we struggled with their press and their fast break.”

That press is what generated most off the Cardinals’ offense. It generated a pair of turnovers at the beginning of the game that resulted in layups from Kyra Chenoweth and Scott, sparking a 9-0 Grand Valley run to open the game. Kaity Johnson’s jumper with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first quarter snapped the run, but it wasn’t until the 1:45 mark of the quarter that Johnson hit another shot that only brought the Longhorns within 21-4.

Haley Johnson and Speakman each hit a pair of 3s for Grand Valley, which picks up league play again Jan. 7 at Olathe. Basalt has another long layoff coming due to the holiday break, playing next at home against Cedaredge on Jan. 10.

BOYS

Grand Valley 70, Basalt 35

PARACHUTE — Sam Parker scored 15 points with three 3-pointers and Tyler Scott added 11 for the Cardinals (3-5 overall, 1-2 Class 3A WSL), who jumped to a big lead on Basalt (0-4, 0-1) and built on it as the game went on.

A string of five unanswered points from the Longhorns cut the Cardinals’ lead to 27-12 right before halftime before a layup from Grand Valley’s Tanner Magee gave the Cardinals a 17-point halftime advantage. That turned out to be the first bucket in a very long scoring run for the Cardinals, who outscored the Longhorns 19-1 in the next 4:50 of the game to go up 46-13 with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Basalt freshman Michael Glen finished with a team-high 11 points to go with seven-point performances from Filipe Martinez and Carlos Cervantes. Grand Valley also got 10 points from Ben Coleman in rebounding from an eight-point loss to Roaring Fork this past Friday.


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