Prep roundup: Bears run by Sierra in 4A girls tournament; Grand Valley girls crush Aspen
Rifle 47, sierra 38
RIFLE (47) — Chante Church 5 9-12 20, Carsyn Copeland 5 2-3 12, Kailee Cordova 3 1-4 7, Emily Neuroth 2 2-4 6, Reece Hoffmeister 2 0-0 2. Totals 16 12-19 47.
SIERRA (38) — Desalia Fuller 4 3-4 14, Kenecia Cooks 3 0-2 6, TaLeeza Earls 2 1-2 5, Deja Derrell 2 0-0 5, Nadirah Oakman 2 0-0 4, Rebecca Cross 1 0-0 2, M. Palaroan 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 4-10 38.
Rifle 7 12 11 17 — 47
Sierra 6 13 9 10 — 38
3-point goals — Rifle 1 (Church), Sierra 4 (Fuller 3, Derrell). Totals Fouls — Rifle 8, Sierra 20. Fouled out — None.
COLORADO SPRINGS — Sierra High School’s defensive adjustment played right into what the Rifle Bears wanted to do on offense on Tuesday night.
Chante Church finished with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds, and Rifle advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament with a 47-38 victory.
“They went into a man-to-man defense,” first-year Rifle coach Kristy Wallner said. “They tried to press us, and we were able to get our running game going.”
No doubt, as the Bears (11-11 overall), the No. 9 seed in the Tracy Hill Region, used a big second half to pull away from the eighth-seeded Stallions (15-9). With the victory, Rifle advances to play at top-seeded Broomfield (23-0) in the second round on Friday.
The Bears were able to get there thanks to an up-tempo attack in the second half, helping the Bears pull away after going into the locker room at halftime tied at 19-all.
“They came out and tried to trap us,” said Church, who scored 12 of her points in the fourth quarter. “I think that we were able to out-hustle them.”
Indeed, the bears were at a size disadvantage against the Stallions. That didn’t matter, as Emily Neuroth finished with six points and 11 rebounds for Rifle.
Carsyn Copeland chipped in 12 points for the Bears. Desalia Fuller finished with 14 points to pace Sierra’s scoring.
Class 3A Western Slope League District Tournament
Grand Valley 63, Aspen 25
PARACHUTE — The Cardinals (16-4 overall) recovered from a regular-season ending loss at Moffat County this past Saturday to top eighth-seeded Aspen in the first round of the district tournament. Grand Valley, which earned a 3A regional berth with the win, will play against Moffat County at Palisade High School when the tournament continues on Friday.
Moffat County 52, Coal Ridge 35
CRAIG — The fifth-seeded Titans were within single digits headed into the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away in the final stanza. With the loss, Coal Ridge dropped into the tournament’s consolation bracket and will host Aspen on Thursday.
Olathe 54, Roaring Fork 41
OLATHE — Roaring Fork (4-16 overall) dropped into the consolation bracket of the district tournament with its loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.
Grand Valley 61, Gunnison 47
PARACHUTE — Tanner McGee set the pace for the Cardinals, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and a pair of blocked shots.
Sam Parker scored a game-high 20 points, helping Grand Valley (13-7 overall) reach the tournament semifinals on Friday at Palisade.
Senior post player Tyler Scott added 10 points for Grand Valley, and Matt Howard scored 17 points to pace Gunnison in scoring.
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