Prep Roundup: Grand Valley boys top Paonia; Roaring Fork boys win thriller
PAONIA — Sam Parker scored 18 points and Tanner McGee added 14 for the Grand Valley High boys basketball team, which pulled away from Paonia in the second half for a 63-52 nonleague victory Friday night.
John Parker added 12 points and Santos Cornejo chipped in 10 for the Cardinals (1-3), who won their first game of the season after dropping their first three contests to ranked opponents.
“The kids played hard,” Grand Valley coach Scott Parker said. “We were able to move the ball up and down the floor in transition in the second half, and that’s what made the difference.”
The Cardinals don’t play again until Friday when they travel to Carbondale for a Class 3A Western Slope League game against Roaring Fork.
Roaring Fork 36, Coal Ridge 35
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork hit a go-ahead basket with 11 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Rams a victory over the Titans in the Class 3A Western Slope League opener for both teams.
Ben Carpenter finished with a game-high 13 points and Alex Fisher added seven for Roaring Fork (1-2, 1-0 WSL). For Coal Ridge, Richie Winlker scored 11 points to lead the Titans and Andy Bowles chipped in 10.
Coal Ridge continues league play today when the Titans travel to Olathe.
Coal Ridge 49, Roaring Fork 38
CARBONDALE — Paige Ryan scored a game-high 22 points — the second consecutive game where she’s scored 22 — to lead the Titans to a victory over the Rams in the WSL opener for both teams.
Brittini Young and Amanda Wenzel each finished with eight points for Coal Ridge (2-1, 1-0 league), which took a 29-18 halftime lead and never looked back.
“Roaring Fork made a nice push in the second half,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “Amanda Wenzel made four key free throws in the fourth to hold off their rally.”
Autumn Grandberry finished with 19 points and a pair of 3-pointers, and Toni Gross added seven points to pace the Rams (0-3, 0-1).
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