PREP ROUNDUP: Coal Ridge boys rally from 20 back to top Gunnison
GUNNISON — Coal Ridge High School boys basketball coach Paul Harvey called Wednesday night’s game against Gunnison one of the best he’s been a part of. And it’s easy to see why.
Richie Winkler’s go-ahead layup with 5 seconds remaining helped cap the Titans’ comeback from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter, giving Coal Ridge a 61-59 victory over the Cowboys in a Class 3A Western Slope League game.
“It was just incredible,” Harvey said. “I told the guys afterward that for the rest of the season, for the rest of their careers, they will remember this game. This shows just how much we’ve improved as a team.”
Alec Herrera scored a game-high 20 points and Winkler added 18 for the Titans (7-7 overall, 7-4 3A WSL), who trailed 37-17 halfway through the third quarter. Coal Ridge’s offense awakened from there, blitzing Gunnison for 46 points in the second half.
Winkler hit his layup and was fouled on the shot, but missed the bonus foul shot. Gunnison wasn’t able to tie the game despite getting a shot off before the buzzer.
Gunnison was led by a 13-point performance from Brenih Book.
Rifle 59, Summit 43
FRISCO — Chante Church scored a game-high 22 points and Carsyn Copeland added 13 for the Bears (7-7 overall, 7-3 4A WSL), who held a 28-18 halftime lead and never let up.
Kailee Cordova chipped in nine points for the Bears, who have won six of their last seven games. Autumn Ward scored 14 points and Brittany Barry added nine to pace the Tigers (4-10, 1-9 league).
Coal Ridge 46, Gunnison 20
GUNNISON — Alicia Hampton’s 12 points paced the scoring for the Titans (10-5, 8-4 3A WSL), who blew the game open with 21 second-quarter points. Coal Ridge held a 26-9 halftime edge.
“We really stepped up our team defense and came out with a great team win,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “We were very balanced offensively, which made it a good night for us.”
Leah Huizenga scored seven points to pace Gunnison.
Meeker 50, Rifle 18
MEEKER — Dallas Rohrig earned a win at 132 pounds and Alex Rivas scored for Rifle with a win at 152, but Meeker won the rest of the contested matches for the dual victory.
Rohrig pinned Aaron Cochran in 5 minutes, 3 seconds, and Rivis won by pin against Anthony Watt in 4:43. Also earning a won for the Bear was Clayton Coombs, who earned a forfeit victory at 195.
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