Prep roundup: Grand Valley boys roll past Olathe; Roaring Fork boys top Aspen
PARACHUTE — Sam Parker and John Parker combined to score 45 points for Grand Valley High School’s boys basketball team, which dominated from the opening tip of its 85-54 Class 3A Western Slope League victory against Olathe on Friday night.
Sam Parker, a senior guard, finished with a game-high 28 points to go with a 17-point performance for John Parker, a junior guard. They were among four Grand Valley players who finished the game in double figures; Gunner Rigsby added 12 points and Tanner Mcgee chipped in 10.
The Cardinals (5-1 overall, 1-0 class 3A Western Slope League play), ranked No. 10 in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A boys basketball poll, held a 52-19 lead at halftime and were ahead 31-12 after one quarter. They’ll continue league play this afternoon when they play the Coal Ridge Titans in Peach Valley.
Roaring Fork 60, Aspen 49
CARBONDALE — Aspen ran into tough defense, foul trouble and cold shooting — from the field and the foul line — and host Roaring Fork rallied to win the 3A Western Slope League game.
“We were actually up early,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said. “But in the second quarter, they played pressure defense and we took some tough shots.”
The Rams, coached by veteran Larry Williams, outscored Aspen 22-11 in the second period. The Skiers struggled from the floor and hit only 11-of-24 foul shots against the Rams (5-2 overall, 2-0 in league).
Evan Patzoldt led the Skiers with 18 points. Roaring Fork was up 41-35 at the end of the third quarter.
Delta 41, Rifle 39
DELTA — The Delta Panthers gutted out a league victory over the Rifle Bears, who fell to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in 4A WSL play. No other information was available.
Aspen 26, Roaring Fork 24
CARBONDALE — Aspen rallied from five points down in the fourth quarter to secure its first win of the season.
“The girls kept their composure. It was really good to see,” Aspen coach Debbie Alcorta said after the victory in the 3A Western Slope League opener for the Skiers. “Our defense was so amazing. I have never seen these girls play defense like that.”
McKenna Woodrow led Aspen with seven points. Megan Hanson added six points for the Skiers.
Roaring Fork (2-5, 1-1) will try to rebound this afternoon when it plays another league game at Basalt. Aspen hosts Olathe next Friday.
Rifle 50, Delta 44
DELTA — The Bears improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in 4A WSL play with their victory against Delta. No other information was available.
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