Prep Roundup: Team ball lifts Titans over Aspen
PEACH VALLEY — Team basketball — and then some — defined the effort given by Coal Ridge High School’s boys basketball team against Aspen Friday night.
Hunter Gerber finished with a game-high 26 points and was one of nine Coal Ridge players to score during the Titans’ 73-53 Class 3A Western Slope League victory.
“There was an edge to the players after ugly losses to Gunnison and [Grand Junction] Central,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “That edge translated to good practices, which translated to a solid team effort tonight.”
The Titans (3-7, 2-3 league) also got 16 points from Dan Schulten and 12 from Greyson Keener. Aspen (5-4, 1-3) got 14 points from Tristan Niskanen and 12 from Dominik Alcorta.
Coal Ridge’s game at Olathe, scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed due to the death of a student at the school. No makeup time has been announced.
Grand Valley 65, Basalt 57
PARACHUTE — Sam Parker finished with a game-high 25 points to pace the eighth-ranked Cardinals (9-1, 5-0 3A WSL), who rallied from a 33-23 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in league play.
John Parker added 14 points and Gunner Rigsby chipped in 11 for the Cardinals, who outscored the Longhorns (2-7, 0-6) 18-8 in the third quarter to tie it at 41-all before taking control in the final stanza.
The Cardinals play a critical league game against Moffat County in Craig today.
Rifle 53, Battle Mountain 25
EDWARDS — Newly eligible Samantha Hinkle and Elly Walters each finished with a game-high 20 points, and Rifle (7-5, 3-3 Class 4A WSL play) snapped a four-game skid.
Hinkle, a sophomore, is a transfer who was not eligible to play for Rifle until Friday’s game against the Huskies. The Bears jumped to a 25-10 halftime lead and never looked back.
The Bears are off until continuing league play at Summit Jan. 30.
Coal Ridge 47, Aspen 18
PEACH VALLEY — Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with 15 points and Mariela Martinez added 11 for the Titans (3-7, 3-2 3A WSL), who held the Skiers (1-7, 1-3) to single-digit scoring in every quarter.
Coal Ridge only played its starters for 18 minutes. Coach Steve Young said he was impressed with the way that junior point guard Karissa Feese was able to run the floor and the Titans’ offense.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.