Prep roundup: Long-range Cards deck Skiers
Aspen Times with PI staff reports
ASPEN — The Grand Valley boys revved up their high-octane offense Friday night in Aspen.
The Cardinals, with an explosion of 13 3-pointers, surged to a 25-point halftime lead and then held off a Skiers’ rally to beat Aspen 76-60 in a Class 3A Western Slope League basketball game at the Aspen High School gym.
Senior Sam Parker, who hit seven 3-pointers, led Grand Valley with a game-high 27 points. He had 15 points at halftime, all on 3-point shots.
Brother John Parker, a junior, hit four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points along with 10 rebounds as the high-scoring Cardinals improved to 14-2 overall, 10-1 in league.
Tanner McGee added 10 points and eight rebounds. Leon Hernandez also had a pair of 3-pointers and Leoray Hernandez added six for the Grand Valley boys.
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Aspen senior Evan Patzoldt led Aspen’s comeback bid in the second half when he hit four 3-pointers. He finished with 23 points. Dominick Alcorta added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Skiers (8-8, 4-7 league), who rallied to score 43 points in the second half after the Cardinals had limited them to only 17 points in the first half.
Grand Valley continues league play at Basalt today.
Rifle 55, Battle Mountain 44
RIFLE — Avery Lujan finished with 11 points to go with a 10-point outing from both Jacob Boone and Morgan Robinson, and Rifle (12-8 overall, 9-5 Class 4A WSL) shored up a third-place finish in the league standings with their victory over the Huskies.
Cody Rice and Austin Boone each added nine for the Bears, and Boone added a team-high eight rebounds.
Rifle rallied from a 41-36 deficit at the end of the third quarter, hitting 9-of-13 free throws in the final stanza.
The Bears don’t play again until Thursday in the Class 4A Western Slope District Tournament in Grand Junction.
Moffat County 70, Coal Ridge 60
CRAIG — Coal Ridge took a first-quarter lead on the first-place Bulldogs, but Moffat County outscored the Titans (8-9, 7-5 3A WSL) 21-10 in the third quarter to pull away.
Sophomore Jake Solinger finished with 17 points to go with 15 from Hunter Gerber and 13 and three 3-pointers from Brandon Herrera. Coal Ridge had a 13-12 lead after one quarter.
The Bulldogs (13-3 overall, 11-0 league play) led by as many as 20 at the start of the fourth and final quarter.
Moffat County 61, Coal Ridge 35
CRAIG — Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace Coal Ridge, but the Titans weren’t able to keep up with the Bulldogs after falling behind by double figures at halftime.
Kyrie’ Foreman and Jenny Call each added six points for Coal Ridge (8-9 overall, 8-4 3A WSL), who trailed 36-19 at halftime.
Moffat County (11-5, 9-2 league) finished the game hitting 11-of-14 3-point attempts.
Grand Valley 63, Aspen 13
ASPEN — Kyra Chenoweth finished with a game-high 27 points to pace the cardinals in their victory over the Skiers.
Chenoweth — who had 32 points against the Skiers when the teams met up on Jan. 17 in Parachute — was aided by a 21-point performance from Allie Dovey and 10 points from Bailey Rowe.
Christy Buchholz had five points to pace Aspen.
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