Prep basketball roundup
RIFLE, Colorado ” Behind sound defense, the Rifle Bears girls basketball team beat Delta 45-37 on Friday.
The win puts the Bears at 11-5 overall, and 6-2 in 4A Western Slope League play, while the Panthers fell to 3-10 overall, and 2-6 in league.
Rifle opened the evening with zone defense but switched back to half-court man in the second quarter. That seemed to wake the team up, coach Stephanie Heald said.
Kelsey Pyle led the Bears with 17 points and Sandy Samson added nine of her own.
The Bears take on Eagle Valley on Friday, a team that likes to run the floor. Rifle will have to work on getting back on defense and keep playing unselfish on the offensive end, Heald added.
RIFLE, Colorado ” The Delta Panthers got too many easy baskets cutting inside, during transition, and in the post, against the Rifle Bears on Friday. Rifle lost 61-50 to drop to 6-10 overall, and 3-5 in 4A WSL. Delta improved to 6-7 overall, and 4-4 in league.
Rifle was down by two points at halftime, and by five at the end of three. Even with the loss, the Bears had some good play from freshman Darik Brown and sophomore David Sours, Bears coach Chris Lowther said.
Against Eagle Valley next Friday, the Bears will have to stop their point guard, who scored 27 points on them in the last game, and their big post man, Zach Ramsay, Lowther said.
BASALT, Colorado ” Michael Shepard led a balanced Grand Valley scoring attack with 13 points as the Cardinals scored a 53-35 win at Basalt on Friday.
Colton Cowan added 11 points and Landon Paskett had eight for Grand Valley, now 10-3 overall and 8-3 in the 3A Western Slope League.
The Cardinals went up 12-7 after a quarter and extended the lead to 29-14 at the break, never looking back.
Next up for Grand Valley is a Tuesday trip to Rangely for a non-league contest.
While the Cardinal boys were victorious on Friday, the girls weren’t as fortunate, losing to Basalt 57-52. No further statistics were available at press time.
HOTCHKISS, Colorado ” Ryan Weimer hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and Roaring Fork connected on 3-of-4 free throws in the extra frame as the Ram boys posted a 54-53 win at Hotchkiss on Friday.
Weimer finished with a team-high 19 points for Roaring Fork, now 3-10 overall and 3-7 in the 3A WSL. Jake Hawkins chipped in with 13 points, Jake Strack-Loetscher had eight and Tyler Thompson hit two free throws in overtime.
Roaring Fork’s girls came away from Hotchkiss with a 69-41 defeat. No further statistics were available at press time.
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