Prep basketball roundup: Running Rams roll to win over Cedaredge Bruins
CEDAREDGE — Senior Ben Carpenter finished with 22 points, nine assists and five steals for Roaring Fork High School’s boys basketball team, which jumped to a 24-point lead by halftime on their way to a 63-43 nonleague victory against the Cedaredge Bruins on Saturday.
Ray Acuna and Adrian Chavez each finished with 11 points to help pace the scoring for the Rams (3-2 overall), who fell behind 6-0 to start the game before closing the first half with a 37-7 run en route to a 37-13 halftime lead.
“They put a little box-and-one [defense] on us in the second half that kind of slowed us down,” Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said of the Bruins, a former 3A Western Slope League opponent that dropped to Class 3A this year due to declining enrollment. “But in the first half, we were able to run like crazy.”
Roaring Fork plays a nonleague game at Delta on Tuesday before opening league play at home Thursday against Basalt.
Grand Valley 94, Peak to Peak 65
BUENA VISTA — Grand Valley senior Sam Parker finished with a game-high 29 points to go with a 23-point performance from John Parker as the Cardinals (3-1) rolled to a victory on Saturday.
Tanner Mcgee added 17 points for Grand Valley, which took a 44-31 halftime lead and never looked back. As a team, the Cardinals hit 13 3-pointers, and Sam and John Parker each hit five 3s.
The cardinals continue nonleague play Saturday at Paonia.
Cedaredge 64, Roaring Fork 22
CEDAREDGE — Emily Fisher finished with a team-high 11 points to go with a five-point outing from Ashley Hall, but the Rams weren’t able to keep up with the Bruins in the Class 3A Western Slope League opener for both teams.
“They probably shot 60 percent from the field for the game,” Roaring Fork coach Chris Hall said. “They have two good guards who can really play, but we also came out flat as a board from the start. They’re pretty formidable, but I don’t think they’re 40 points better than we are.”
Roaring Fork’s overall record dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Grand Valley 54, Peak to Peak 40
BUENA VISTA — Kyra Chenoweth finished with a game-high 22 points, and Grand Valley (3-1) rebounded from a two-point loss to St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs the previous night for a convincing victory against Peak to Peak.
“That says everything about this team that you need to know,” Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera said. “That loss left a bad taste in their mouths last night. When they came back to play today, they acted like it never happened.”
Kylyn Rigsby added 13 points for the Cardinals in the victory.
Grand Junction 60, Coal Ridge 21
GRAND JUNCTION — The Class 5A Tigers got a game-high 14 points from Melissa Atchley in the convincing victory over the 3A Titans. Mariela Martinez finished with seven points to pace Coal Ridge.
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Coal Ridge could just pull off a 3A league championship if the Titans take care of their own business and get a little help from afar.