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Poor offense does Cards in

Both Grand Valley basketball teams are still in contention for a championship trophy. Except it’s not the one they had hoped for after suffering losses in the Class 2A state tournament in Pueblo.

The defeats drop both the Cardinal boys and girls to the losers-out, Consolation Championship bracket of the double-elimination tournament. Del Norte halted the Cardinal boys potent offense, holding Grand Valley to single digits as a team in the second and third quarters to open a 21-point lead that allowed the Tigers to cruise to a 57-39 win in Thursday’s opening round.

Geoff Heller and David Trujillo led the Tigers with 19 and 13 points, respectively. Sam McKinley and Luke Braby had games of 13 and 12 points as Del Norte limited Dylan Culver ” the Cardinals other big scorer to five.



Grand Valley faces Holyoke, who fell 60-46 to Rye on Thursday, at 10:15 a.m. today.

Grand Valley’s girls had similar problem in their 39-21 loss to Sangre De Cristo. After taking a 13-9 lead over the Thunderbirds at the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals went scoreless in the second period and scored a combined eight points in the second half.



Brittany Brown, who finished with 19 points, was the only player from either team to score more nine in the contest.

The loss drops Grand Valley to an elimination bracket game with the loser of Thursday’s night’s first-rounder between undefeated Limon, the No. 1 seed and No. 8 Akron today at 11:45 a.m. The results of the game were unavailable at press time.


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