Prep roundup: Elly Walters’ big game lifts Bears over Tigers
FRISCO — Elly Walters finished with a game-high 20 points and Samantha Hinkle chipped in seven for Rifle High School’s girls basketball team, which jumped to a big lead early against the Summit Tigers on their way to a 37-23 Class 4A Western Slope League victory on Friday night.
The Bears (10-6, 6-4 league play), who were coming off a loss at Palisade on Thursday, limited Summit to just eight points in the second half. Autumn Ward finished with 12 points to pace Summit, which dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Rifle will continue league play on Tuesday when the Bears host Delta.
Grand Valley 43, Gunnison 12
PARACHUTE — Kyra Chenoweth finished with a game-high 19 points to pace Grand Valley, which rebounded from its loss at 3A WSL leader Olathe on Wednesday with a convincing victory against the Cowboys.
Kylyn Rigsby added 11 points and eight assists to go with a seven-point, 11-rebound outing from Jordan Scott, and Grand Valley limited Gunnison to two points in the first quarter and five in the first half.
“We played great defense,” Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera said. “It had really fallen flat for the past four games, and that was a big key to our success tonight.”
Rifle 66, Summit 54
FRISCO — Cody Rice finished with 16 points and Luis Carreon added 15 points to pace the Bears (9-7 overall, 6-4 4A WSL), who won their second consecutive game.
Avery Lujan had 12 points and Jacob Boone added seven for Rifle, which outscored the Tigers (2-13, 2-7 league) 23-12 in the final quarter. The Bears were 17-for-21 shooting in the final quarter.
The Bears host Delta on Tuesday.
Grand Valley 73, Gunnison 60
PARACHUTE — Four players reached double figures in scoring, and the 10th-ranked Cardinals (11-2, 7-1 3A WSL), who led 38-33 at halftime and pulled away.
“Gunnison is really good defensively,” Grand Valley coach Scott Parker said. “They’re a lot better than what their record shows.”
Sam Parker had 22 points, John Parker had 21, Gunner Rigsby had 16 and Tanner Magee added 10. The Parker brothers, along with Rigsby, each hit four 3-pointers.
Gunnison’s record fell to 4-7 overall (3-3 3A WSL).
Olathe 63, Rifle 18
RIFLE — Jose Prado, Isaiah Garcia and Alex Cordova each picked up victories on Friday, but Olathe prevailed in eight of the nine matches it wrestled in its dual-meet victory against the Bears.
Prado netted the Bears’ only pin of the day, which came at the 1 -minute, 18-second mark against Lance Kramer at heavyweight. Garcia (113 pounds) and Cordova (126) each won by forfeit.
Rifle will wrestle again on Saturday, Feb. 7, in a duals tournament in Meeker.
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