Lady Titans top Roaring Fork in Carbondale, 38-30
Post Independent correspondent
Coal Ridge senior post Taylor Wiescamp carried the scoring load for her team in the first half, and sophomore point guard Jackie Camunez carried the torch after intermission, as the Titans overcame a narrow halftime deficit to post a hard-fought 38-30 win over the Roaring Fork Rams Tuesday night in Carbondale.
Both teams struggled with the turnover bug and cold shooting in the game’s early stages, as the host Rams managed to gain a slim 17-15 lead at halftime. Senior guard Maya Lindgren accounted for 13 of the Rams’ halfway total, with baskets by juniors Sienna Walker and Macey Peery rounding out the Roaring Fork scoring.
Senior forward Lily Nieslanik hit a couple of free throws to give the Rams their biggest lead of the game at 19-15 to start the third period.
With the 6-foot-1 Wiescamp drawing considerable attention from the Roaring Fork defense down low, it was junior guard Peyton Garrison and Camunez who got the Titans jump-started on the offensive end.
Garrison scored on two bank shots in the key and Camunez converted a traditional 3-point play with a driving layup and a foul shot to give Coal Ridge a 23-19 advantage.
“With this team, we’re going to have to have everybody step up and play,” Coal Ridge head coach Clyde Morgan said. “It starts with taking care of the ball and getting everyone involved.”
Sophomore Katie Grijalva hit the nylon with a 3-pointer for Roaring Fork to narrow the Titans lead to 25-24 with 6:24 to play in the game. Camunez then closed the door abruptly on the Rams’ comeback hopes with two driving layups, one from each side of the floor, and a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to make it 34-25 in favor of Coal Ridge with 3:25 to go.
Coal Ridge sophomore guard Mikayla Cheney then scored on a layup for Coal Ridge to stretch the lead to 36-25 as the game neared its end.
“We started the first half doing well, maybe we then got too relaxed,” Roaring Fork head coach Juan Quintero said. “We have a young and inexperienced group that is still growing.”
Wiescamp and Camunez led the Titans in the scoring column with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore forward Aceleigh Porter chipped in with 5 points, including a 3-pointer for Coal Ridge.
Lindgren had game scoring honors with 17 points for the Rams. Nieslanik and Grijalva had 4 points each for the home team.
Both teams will hit the road on Thursday night, with Coal Ridge (3-0) visiting 4A Montrose and Roaring Fork (1-2) making a much shorter drive to face the rival Basalt Longhorns.
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