Prep roundup: Roaring Fork boys, girls win; Rifle falls in GJ
BASALT — In trying times, the Roaring Fork Rams turned to a familiar friend — defense.
The Roaring Fork High School boys basketball team, with a squeaky-sneaker defensive effort, eased past Basalt 43-38 on Saturday night for the Rams’ second consecutive valley rivalry victory.
The Rams, off to a 3-0 start in the 3A Western Slope League, beat Aspen 60-49 on Friday night in Carbondale.
Roaring Fork hit five 3-pointers in the Big House and parlayed a fast first-quarter start into a four-point halftime lead.
The pesky Rams limited the homestanding Longhorns to only five points in the third quarter, extending the lead to 34-28 entering the fourth quarter.
Roaring Fork’s Ben Carpenter hit two key free throws late in the fourth quarter, part of his team-leading 16 points. The Rams, in all, converted 6-of-8 free throws, including 4-of-6 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Basalt boys, playing in their second consecutive pressure-packed home game, battled back from the early deficit only to trail by 10 points late in the second quarter.
But Pedro Rivera started a Basalt surge with a 3-pointer. And at the halftime buzzer, Basalt’s Mike Glen swished an NBA-range 3-pointer to pull the Longhorns to within 27-23.
Glen, who would lead all scorers with 23 points, scored all five points for the Longhorns in the third period.
And the BHS sophomore scored seven consecutive points in the fourth quarter as the Longhorns scrambled to stay in it. But the Rams, with a lead and a foul advantage, burned precious time off the clock with their delay game late, closing out the victory with Carpenter’s final two foul shots with 3.9 seconds left.
Aldo Pinela, with a 3-pointer, scored 11 for Roaring Fork (6-2, 3-0).Lorenzo Andrade, with two 3-pointers, scored six for the Rams, who also got six points from Ray Acuna.
Girls: Roaring Fork 37, Basalt 27
BASALT — Roaring Fork clamped down defensively in the third quarter, limiting Basalt to only three points as the Rams built a 29-20 lead. The Rams closed out the Western Slope League victory by outscoring the Longhorns 8-7 in the fourth quarter.
Carsyn Knotts, who led all scorers with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer for Basalt midway through the third period — the Longhorns only points of the quarter.
The Basalt sophomore started the fourth quarter with a driving basket and a foul shot. But Roaring Fork protected its lead with baskets from Katie Weimer and Emily Fisher.
Ashley Hall added two key foul shots for the Rams, who were led by 12 points from Fisher. Lyndsay Hansen added 10 points and 12 rebounds and Cindy Salinas scored five points. Hall and Weimer finished with four points each.
Fisher also hit two 3-pointers for the Roaring Fork girls, who were coming off a 26-24 loss to Aspen on Friday night. The Roaring Fork girls improved to 3-5 overall, 2-1 in 3A WSL play. The Basalt girls moved to 0-6, 0-3 in conference.
Kaity Johnson added three points for the Longhorns.
Rubi Araiza and Aimee Machuca scored two each for the Basalt girls.
Knotts finished with two 3-pointers and a team-leading eight rebounds.
The Roaring Fork girls, and boys, will host Grand Valley on Friday before traveling to Olathe on Saturday.
Boys: Grand Junction Central 61, Rifle 45
GRAND JUNCTION — Jacob Boone finished with 16 points to go with a 10-point outing from Avery Lujan, but the Bears (4-5 overall) lost their fifth game of the season after beginning the season 3-0.
Aaryn Maes finished with a game-high 23 points and Kyle Blair added 14 for the Warriors (4-9 overall), who were up 24-23 at halftime but outscored the Bears 26-9 in the third quarter to take control.
Girls: Grand Junction Central 59, Rifle 45
GRAND JUNCTION — Tyler Hays finished with 12 points and Brooke Botts hit a pair of key 3-pointers in the third quarter to lift the 5A Warriors to a nonleague win over the 4A Bears.
Jessie Pressler finished with a game-high 15 points and Reese Hoffmeister added nine for Rifle (7-2), who have lost two of three after starting the season 6-0. Elly Walters added eight points for the Bears.
Rifle will host Palisade on Tuesday night.
Glenwood ties, beats Boulder
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Lyle Wilkens scored twice and Sam Carmer and Jake Mitchell also had goals in Glenwood’s 4-1 victory over Boulder on Saturday. Schyler Stratton had 33 saves in goal during the win.
On Friday night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Ice Rink, Glenwood tied Boulder 2-2. Roger Gauthier and Chaz Apostolik each scored for Glenwood.
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