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Paonia ends Grand Valley’s season

RANGELY – Grand Valley’s Jason Conklin netted seven treys and 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Cardinals past Paonia in the semifinal round of the Class 2A District 5 tournament here Friday.

Paonia trailed by two points after three quarters, but rallied to edge Grand Valley 51-49. The Grand Valley loss eliminated the Cardinals from postseason play. The top two teams qualify for the state tournament.

Conklin was on fire in the first three quarters, but Paonia held the sharpshooter to just three points in the fourth quarter. Justin Conklin also had a solid performance for the Cardinals, scoring 14 points.



Three Paonia players hit double figures, led by Patrick Simpson’s 15. Levi Heinritz and Tyree Abshire netted 11 and 10, respectively.

Rangely, which beat West Grand 70-52 on Friday, downed Paonia in the finals Saturday by a margin of 61-52.



Paonia 51, Grand Valley 49

Paonia 15 11 15 10-51

Grand Valley 18 14 11 6-49

PAONIA – Levi Heinritz 5 1-1 11, Joe Hanel 3 0-0 6, Michael Smith 0 0-0 0, Brad Braslin 0 0-0 0, Patrick Simpson 5 4-4 15, Josh Swartzendruber 2 2-4 7, Tyree Abshire 4 2-3 10, Pillip Martinez 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 9-12 51.

GRAND VALLEY – Chris Brundle 1 0-0 3, Justin Conklin 6 1-2 14, Jason Conklin 7 1-4 22, Chris Johnson 2 0-2 4, Colin Lauman 0 0-0 0, Chris Tegtmeier 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 2-8 49.

3-pointers – Simpson, Swartzendruber; Brundle, Ju. Conklin, Ja. Conklin 7. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.

Girls

Paonia 55, Grand Valley 44

RANGELY – A 24-point Paonia burst in the third quarter was too much for Grand Valley as the Eagles won the semifinal matchup 55-44 to earn a trip to the girls Class 2A District 5 championships and a berth in the state tournament.

Grand Valley led 27-20 at the halftime intermission, but Paonia outscored the Cardinals 24-4 in the third quarter and rolled to the victory.

Ivy Abshire paced the Eagles with 16 points, while Stacey and Nicki Poulos notched 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Holly Steltzlen was the high scorer for the Cardinals, and Jenny Hirneisen put in 11 in the losing effort.

North Park, which beat Meeker 60-36 on Friday, defeated Paonia 75-51 in the finals on Saturday to with the District 5 crown.

Paonia 55, Grand Valley 44

Paonia 12 8 24 11-55

Grand Valley 15 12 4 13-44

PAONIA – Nicki Poulos 5 2-4 12, Stacey Poulos 4 3-5 14, Jessica Brown 2 1-3 5, Becky Fletcher 0 0-0 0, Linda Childs 0 1-2 1, Nicole Brown 1 0-0 2, Ivy Abshire 6 2-2 16, Lacy Heinritz 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Tooker 1 3-4 5, Amanda Curtice 0 0-0 0, Amber Kendall 0 0-0 0, April Rung 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-20 55.

GRAND VALLEY – Brittany Chrisley 0 0-0 0, Ashley Christensen 0 0-0 0, Jamie Vance 0 0-0 0, Lori Jacobs 2 2-2 6, Patty Angel 0 0-0 0, Wynette Jackson 1 0-0 2, Julianne Jones 1 0-0 2, Melinda Johnson 0 0-0 0, Alex Neuleib 0 0-0 0, Holly Steltzlen 8 0-2 16, Jenny Hirneisen 4 3-4 11, Jessica Cielatka 3 0-0 7. Totals 19 5-8 44.

3-pointers – S. Poulos 3, Abshire 2; Cielatka. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.


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