Prep roundup: Titan girls top Gunnison; Rifle boys claim victory
GUNNISON — Mariela Martinez finished with a game-high 13 points to go with a 10-point performance from Kaitlyn Detlefsen, and Coal Ridge High School’s girls basketball team rolled to a 44-13 victory against Gunnison in a Class 3A Western Slope League road game on Friday night.
Jenny Call added eight points with a pair of 3-pointers and Allie Winkler chipped in seven points for the Titans (2-6 overall, 2-2 3A WSL), who snapped a two-game losing streak with their victory against a young Cowboys squad.
“Our fast break, press and rebounding were much better tonight,” first-year Coal Ridge girls coach Steve Young said. “We started much better than we did the last two games and kept up the tempo.”
The Titans play at Grand Junction Central on Tuesday in a nonleague game.
Eagle Valley 53, Rifle 19
RIFLE — The Devils shut out the Bears in the first quarter and held a 26-3 lead at halftime on their way to a convincing victory in a Class 4A Western Slope League game at the Rifle High School gym.
Eagle Valley improved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in league play with the victory. The Bears (7-4, 3-3 league), who play at Montrose this afternoon, lost their third consecutive game.
Boys: Rifle 56, Eagle Valley 32
RIFLE — Austin Boone finished with a game-high 16 points and was 7-for-7 shooting from the field, and Rifle (6-5, 3-3 4A WSL) won its second consecutive game.
Jacob Boone added 12 points and Cody Rice chipped in 10 for the Bears, who finished with 17 assists as a team. Avery Lujan added nine points and Morgan Robinson had a team-high six assists.
“We played the game the right way,” Rifle coach Roger Walters said. “We did a nice job of moving the ball against their 2-3 zone and played as a team. It was a nice thing to watch.”
Gunnison 49, Coal Ridge 41
GUNNISON — Leo Ferraro finished with 15 points and Brevin Book added 11 for the Cowboys (2-5, 1-1 league), who held a 32-28 lead after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth.
Hunter Gerber had 13 points and Brandon Herrera added 12 for the Titans, who at one point were down 41-40 in the fourth quarter.
“We failed to execute in the last few minutes,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “We played solid defense, but we shot poorly.”
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