PREP ROUNDUP: Rifle comes up short in league showdown with Palisade; Coal Ridge sweeps Aspen in league matchup | PostIndependent.com

PREP ROUNDUP: Rifle comes up short in league showdown with Palisade; Coal Ridge sweeps Aspen in league matchup

Josh Carney
Post Independent
Rifle freshman Jamie Caron dribbles around a Palisade defender during Friday's game at Rifle High School.
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Looking to knock off the third-place Palisade Bulldogs Friday night at home inside Jack Smith Gymnasium at Rifle High School, the Bears girls basketball team came up short in its upset big, falling 56-23 to the visiting Bulldogs.

Palisade got off to a fast start on the road, scoring 22 first-quarter points to take a 22-5 lead after one quarter of play. The Bears slowed down Palisade in the second quarter, holding the Bulldogs to just 11 points. Rifle was only able to muster 2 points though as the two teams went into the half with Palisade in front of Rifle 33-7.

Rifle got back on track in the second half, scoring 8 points in the third and fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs erupted for 17 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Bears in the league matchup.

The Bears (4-15, 4-5 4A WSL) were led by freshman Jamie Caron’s 8 points, six of which came on a pair of 3-pointers. Junior Delaney Phillips added 6 points, hitting three field goals. Rifle hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday in a league matchup at 6 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Palisade 56, Rifle 30

Two 15-point quarters in the first half pushed the Palisade Bulldogs out to a 30-11 lead at the half over the host Rifle Bears boys basketball team Friday night inside Jack Smith Gymnasium, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away for a 56-30 win in 4A Western Slope League action.

Playing without seniors Omar Chavez and Christian Trevizo again, the shorthanded Bears struggled to keep pace with the Bulldogs, scoring 9 points in the first quarter before putting in just 2 points in the second quarter to fall behind by 19 at the half.

In the loss, junior guard Trey Lujan led the Bears with 8 points, while junior guard Carter Pressler added 7 points, hitting one 3-pointer. Junior forward Tanner Cotner added 6 points, hitting two free throws, while seniors Joel Lopez and Darien Church added 4 and 3 points, respectively.

Rifle (11-9, 2-7 4A WSL) hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday in a league matchup with the Devils at 7:30 p.m.

Coal Ridge 72, Aspen 61

Featuring a new starting lineup, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team utilized strong ball movement and great shooting to cruise to an 11-point win Friday night on the road against the Aspen Skiers, 72-61, in 3A Western Slope League action.

Coal Ridge scored 23 first-quarter points with its new-look starting lineup, taking a 23-16 lead after one quarter of play. From there, the Titans stayed hot, scoring 18 second-quarter points, 20 third-quarter points and 11 fourth-quarter points to pick up the 11-point win.

“It was really fun and exciting to see the ball move so much and everyone get involved,” said Paul Harvey, Coal Ridge’s head coach. “Aspen played hard and hit some tough shots to narrow the gap in the second half.”

In the win, senior Kevin DiMarco and senior Payton White scored 17 points each to pace the Titans, while senior Kevyn Flores added 12 points. Junior guard Austin Gerber added 11 points in the win as the Titans hit five 3-pointers as a team and went 15-for-23 from the free throw line.

For Aspen, Aidan Ledinghamg led the Skiers with 14 points, while Keegan Smiddy added 13 points.

Coal Ridge (13-3, 4-3 3A WSL) hosts Roaring Fork Tuesday in a rivalry matchup at 7 p.m.

GUNNISON 70, GRAND VALLEY 52

Gunnison senior Caleb Hulbert poured in a career-high 24 points Friday night in Parachute, leading the visiting Cowboys to a 70-52 win over the host Grand Valley Cardinals in 3A Western Slope League play.

Hulbert hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter on his way to 16 first-quarter points to pace the Cowboys.

Junior Hunter Wood added 21 points for the Cowboys.

For Grand Valley, Alex Cornejo led the Cardinals with 16 points, hitting two 3-pointers, while senior Angel Garcia added 10 points and senior Joe Garcia added 9 points.

Grand Valley (11-6, 5-2 3A WSL) travels to Cedaredge Saturday for a league matchup with the Bruins.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coal Ridge 46, Aspen 26

Making the trek to Aspen Friday night for a 3A Western Slope League clash with the Skiers, the Coal Ridge Titans girls basketball team shook off a slow start to roll to a 20-point win, 46-26.

The Titans scored just 6 points in the first quarter and 9 points in the second quarter, taking a 15-12 lead into the half. Following the short break in the locker room, the Titans erupted in the third quarter, scoring 31 points in the second half to pull away from the Skiers in the league win.

“We got off to a slow start tonight, but the girls finally pulled it together and we were able to pull out the win,” said Clyde Morgan, Coal Ridge’s head coach.

Coal Ridge was led by sophomore Taylor Wiescamp’s 17 points, 11 of which came in the Titans’ 15-point first half. Along with Wiescamp’s production, senior guard Alyssa Wenzel added 12 points for Coal Ridge, going 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Senior guard Adriana Vargas added 7 points in the win, and junior Lyanna Nevarez added 6 points.

The Titans (10-6, 4-3 3A WSL) host the Roaring Fork Rams Tuesday in New Castle in a rivalry matchup at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Valley 38, Gunnison 31

Hosting the Gunnison Cowboys Friday night in ‘The Nest’ in Parachute, the Grand Valley Cardinals girls basketball team pulled out a 38-31 win in 3A Western Slope League play.

In the 7-point win against the Cowboys, junior forward Loghan Teter had a career night, scoring a game-high 18 points for the Cardinals, hitting seven field goals while going 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the win. Joining Teter in the scoring column was senior guard Shaya Chenoweth, who poured in 12 points, hitting two 3-pointers while going 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

Grand Valley (15-3, 6-2 3A WSL) travels to Cedaredge Saturday for a matchup with the Bruins at 2 p.m. in a battle for third place in the league standings.

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