Prep Basketball Roundup
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” It was far from pretty, and required a heck of comeback, but Grand Valley pulled out a 63-60 overtime win over visiting Cedaredge in boys basketball action on Thursday.
Down 11 with four minutes left in the game, the Cardinals rallied back to take the lead with 30 seconds to go.
After falling behind by a point, Grand Valley went on to force overtime on a free throw by Colton Cowan.
Once in overtime, the Cardinals went ahead early and hit their free throws to finish off the unlikeliest of wins.
“I give our kids all the credit in the world,” Grand Valley coach Mark Cowan said. “They came back from a huge deficit. They really did play their tails off in the end.”
Michael Shepard led the Cards, 9-3 overall and 7-3 in the 3A Western Slope League, with 13 points. Cowan added 10 and Derek Witt and Landon Paskett netted nine apiece.
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Erin Vanderpool scored 17 points to lead Grand Valley’s girls basketball team to a 45-35 win over Cedaredge on Thursday.
Samantha James, Shannon Schubert and Samantha Young added six points apiece for the Cardinals, who improved to 6-7 overall and 4-6 in the 3A WSL.
HOTCHKISS, Colorado ” The Coal Ridge Titans boys and girls teams earned wins in Hotchkiss on Thursday. The boys won 68-53 and the girls won a close game 33-31.
The boys started off sluggish, coach Paul Harvey said, and were down by 10 at one point in the first half. They trimmed the deficit down to three by the time halftime came around.
The Titans dictated the game in the fourth quarter thanks to a solid press and sound free-throw shooting down the stretch. Eric Schmitz led the team with 20 points; Alex Klein had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks; and Andy Smedra added 16 points.
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